What to do and where to stay in New York on a city break
Grab a bagel, a slice of pizza, a cocktail, and climb a skyscraper to take in the famous skyline of the city that never sleeps.
When should you leave?
There’s never a bad time to visit New York, but with the United States reopening to visitors from the United Kingdom and Europe and Thanksgiving approaching next week, hotel prices have risen sharply.
The City That Never Sleeps, fortunately, does not go into hibernation.
While the summer months are ideal for dining al fresco or sipping cocktails on a rooftop, the winter months are just as exciting.
The festive season in the world’s most filmed city always delivers some movie magic, from ice skating in Central Park (1) to pictures by the Rockefeller Christmas Tree (2).The pandemic has seen the city embrace all-season outdoor dining.
Each restaurant has its own take on the dining hut, with some streets packed with people eating beneath wooden cframes and plastic tarps.
Where should you stay?
Pendry Manhattan West (3) (pendry.com) debuted in September, bringing SoCal cool to the outskirts of Manhattan’s opulent new Hudson Yards riverside district.
Its purpose as a high-end retreat away from Manhattan is similar to that of the nearby high-rise new development.
A rooftop bar, Peloton gym (guests can order bikes to their room), Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Zou Zous, and the Garden Room – a relaxed, leafy space for light bites and evening cocktails – are all available.
The rippling glass façade is meant to evoke Pacific waves, while the interior is contemporary-cool with fireplaces and a focus on great lighting, especially at the exclusive Bar Pendry.
From (dollar)514 (£379) for doubles.
In October, Henn na Hotel (4) (hennnahotelny.com) – which means “Strange Hotel” in Japanese – opened its doors to families and techies.
It’s the first US location of a Tokyo institution, with guests being greeted by an animatronic T-Rex.
The closets in the Midtown hotel rooms clean and steam your clothes.
Gosuke, the onsite Japanese restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
From (dollar)135 (£100) for doubles.
How can I get around?
Contactless payments are now accepted throughout the MTA, making bus and subway travel much easier (just tap once on your way in).
Masks are required, and everyone follows the rules, unlike in London.
Uber and Lyft were once commonplace above ground.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
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New York travel guide: What to do and where to stay on a city break to the Big Apple
Ask a local
Jennie Ng, Nurse
“Nitehawk Cinema (nitehawkcinema.com) in Williamsburg is my favourite. Old-ish, you can drink cocktails, order burgers and all sorts while you watch a movie. The theatre plays new, indie, and old school films. The last thing I watched there was Fear with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon – part of the theatre’s erotic 90s thriller series.”