Where do I start with New York? This is arguably my favourite city in the world (so far). Despite having visited it for the 10th time this year, I’m still finding new places to explore and sights to see; my love for this city is only growing.
New York is brimming with life - it boasts some of the world’s best restaurants, shopping districts, Broadway shows and historical landmarks. It isn’t the place to go if you are looking for a place to relax for a couple of days, but for those with a Fitbit, you’ll definitely get those steps in.
London to New York
The flight is around seven hours from London, yet it’s still the perfect destination for a long weekend. As you’re flying East to West on the journey out there, you are in a better position to avoid jet lag, meaning you can maximise your trip at the start. The time difference won’t take too long to get used to, though you may feel more tired on your return if you don’t time it right.
Where to eat in New York
I have a never-ending list of restaurant recommendations for the big apple – some are my staple food stops, plus a few new ventures:
As an avid shopper, I had to find somewhere that would provide a great lunch time snack and energy boost in Soho, and found that in Ed's Lobster Bar.
Alternatively, if you’re a Brit and wanting to experience the true American-sized portions, Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn is a must, but make sure you’re wearing loose-fitting clothing as you’ll definitely be coming out of there with a satisfied appetite!
If you’re looking for something a bit more upmarket, I would recommend The Clocktower, a Jason Atherton special, or the River Cafe, which offers unparalleled views of Manhattan from every seat. The Michelin star on the wall tells you all you need to know.
The must-do sights in New York
As far as sightseeing goes, New York is inundated with tourist spots, and choosing which ones to do within your timeframe can be tricky. The Top of the Rock has excellent daytime views over Central Park, whilst the Empire State Building is a must do viewing platform of a night-time. Although the World Trade has its own viewing platform, it also has a lot more to offer in the surrounding areas, such as the 9/11 memorial site and museum.
For great walking routes and tours, seeing the beautiful Central Park is a must, as well as walking the High Line.
How expensive is it to visit New York?
An unavoidable factor when travelling New York is the expenses; unfortunately, if you’re price sensitive, it may not be the minibreak for you! Luckily, I was aware of how expensive New York is so set up a Travel Savings Plan with Caxton prior to my trip, so that I could secure my travel money in advanced instalments. One thing to remember when budgeting for a trip to New York is the expected tipping policies in the States! Generally, when in the USA you are expected to tip around 20%, but don’t stress, check out our tipping guide for more information!
The currency used in New York is the US Dollar, which is available for conversion on Caxton's multi-currency card. As it's a city, ATMs are widely available and contactless cards accepted at most hotels, stores and restaurants. It is always recommended to bring some local currency in cash, for taxis, tipping or the rare bar that only accepts cash!
New York, New York
If you’ve got some annual leave left to take up and looking for some long-weekend holiday inspiration - New York should be at the top of your list. It’s got everything you could want in a minibreak: a wide variety of great food, from Michelin star to street markets, historical landmarks dotted all over the city and lengthy free walking tours!
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