It’s the city that never sleeps: New York is bursting with iconic landmarks, fantastic shopping and stunning hotels to make your trip one to remember.
From the Empire State Building and Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, soak up the sights and be in awe of the architecture as you wander the bustling streets. For a more tranquil stroll, visit Central Park or take a Hudson cruise for a break from the hubbub. A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping; head to Fifth Avenue for some retail therapy at Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Barney’s before seeing a show at one of the world’s most famous stages on Broadway.
New York is also one of the most popular stopover destinations and can make the perfect addition to any multicentre holiday. Combine the Big Apple with the beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda or with the bright lights of Las Vegas or Los Angeles. You can even venture out to explore the North East coast; from historical Boston to picturesque New England. The possibilities are endless.
New York is marked by contrasting seasons which generally follows the same pattern as the UK. Because of these differences, what you pack for a New York holiday depends on where you are going and what season it is. Here is some general advice to help you pack.
Cotton T-shirts and shorts to keep you cool in the summer;
Umbrella in the rainy season particularly in the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon and Idaho);
Jeans or trousers and jumpers in the winter;
Converter and adapter (the power supply in the USA is 120 volts at 60 hertz);
Sandals in the summer;
Light or heavy jacket depending on which season you are travelling in;
With its range of cultures, backgrounds, and immigrants, New York is a mix of cultural and culinary flavours based on diversity. The foods here vary from district to district, and even district to district. Visit the Big Apple during New York Restaurant Week and dine in the city's top eateries for less. Did you know? Twice a year, participating restaurants offer fixed price meals at a fraction of their usual prices.
These are a few of our foodie recommends for your holiday to New York:
New York is known for its humble hot dog and you won’t get much better than at Gray’s Papaya. It is regularly voted as one of the best hot god restaurants in New York and is open 24 hours a day. Top yours with ketchup, American mustard, and mayonnaise or even add chilli, cheese or jalapeños for a mouth-watering kick.
Take a trip to The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a 1920s parlour just under the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the more homely additions in the area and a well-known institution. All the ice cream for your banana splits, milkshakes and sundaes is produced in small batches on-site. No fancy flavours here though; just your regular classics made to perfection.
A Mid-town classic, among the icons of the American dream including the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building, sits Zucker’s Bagels. A humble and quintessential building with cream, tiled walls and hand-written menus, they make the best bagels in town. The New York bagel is a popular choice with smoked salmon and a cream cheese filling.
You may find it odd that some of the best doughnuts in New York are also vegan. Dun-Well Doughnuts is the first dairy-free doughnut shop in the trendy district of Williamsburg in New York. Covered in vintage recipes, posters and baking tins with a 1920s jazz soundtrack, pick up a hand-made doughnut from more than 200 varieties.
A former garage, now surrounded by some of New York’s best street art, houses the infamous Roberta’s Pizza in Williamsburg, New York. So famous and delicious are its smoky, wood-fired pizzas that it has a devoted following in the local area, thanks to a rather kind review in The New York Times. Each pizza is made from an original recipe first used by Italian immigrants in the 1900s, we recommend the Carlos Danger for a bit of a kick.
Largely unchanged, the 125 year old Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen is still the best in the city. The defining New York Sandwich; enjoy yours heaped with smoked slices of pastrami with a black-edge and smothered in yellow mustard and dotted with juicy pickles. Clientele at this famous delicatessen includes four US presidents, numerous celebrities and soldiers rekindling their love for their favourite sandwich.
A popular traditional cafe, the Lady M Cake Boutique on the Upper East Side sells delicate and rather unique desserts on crockery opulent enough for the Queen. Give the luxurious New York Cheesecake a taste, with mouthfuls of cream cheese, a dash of vanilla and a base made of shortbread cookie crusts.
Prices in New York vary widely, from block to block. A takeaway meal may cost six to 10 US Dollars, while in quieter areas you will probably only pay three to five US Dollars. A sandwich costs about five to seven US Dollars, but can go up or down depending on where you get it. A one-litre bottle of water costs about 75 cents in the quieter areas, while it may cost one to two US Dollars in the main tourist blocks. A bottle of wine from a supermarket can cost as little as three US Dollars or go up to 15 US Dollars for a low-end bottle in a restaurant.