New York, New York, so good they named it twice and all that jazz, if you’re heading to the Big Apple any time soon here’s 3 steals, 2 spends and a splurge for you to enjoy.
Sleep: Hudson Hotel
Accomodation does not come cheap in New York and finding somewhere cheap is virtually impossible. Word of warning, the Hudson Hotel is not cheap, but in terms of value it might just be one of the best hotels the city has to offer. Rooms are tiny (there’s over 800 of them) but they all have WiFi, a flat screen TV and an iPod docking station as well as you having access to the gym. On top of this the Hudson has it’s own restaurant and a private park as well as a rooftop terrace and two bars one of which is situated in their in-hotel library with a jazz night every week.
Eat: Katz’s Deli
Katz’s Deli is on the Lower East Side and is a no frills, classic New York deli. Salami hang from the ceilings and the whole place has a grungy feel. It’s been going strong since 1888 and today it is widely considered the best deli in New York with thousands of tourists and locals alike flocking there every day for their hot dogs or pastrami sandwiches. Film buffs will recognise it as the location where Meg Ryan had her famous fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.
Shop: Pearl River Mart
The world’s first Chinese-American department store sells everyday goods from mainland China and around Asia. It’s jam packed with stock and is a haven for bargain hunters. They sell everything from chopsticks and tea sets to silk slippers and paper lanterns, they even have an entire basement filled with sale items, you could spend a day there.
Eat: Sunken Hundred
Located in Brooklyn, the Sunken Hundred is New York’s newest and finest Welsh inspired restaurant. Mixing traditional Welsh dishes such as cawl and bara brith with other Gaelic influences such as Basque and Breton makes this a dining experience like no other. Sunken Hundred even imports Welsh ingredients for a truly authentic taste and has a unique and diverse cocktail list to complement their menu. They’ve proven to be a hit with Brooklyn based actors Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell who star on the hit show ‘The Americans’ and the restaurant has even started Welsh classes.
Spend: Greenwich Letterpress
It’s tagline is ‘not your average stationary store’ and they’re pretty much right. Quirky, unique and very ‘New York’ the Greenwich Letterpress sells a huge variety of cards, stationary and collectibles. Many of their products feature pop-culture references or New York culture, they do great enamel pins that cost $12 a pop.
Sleep: Gramercy Park Hotel
This NY boutique hotel on Lexington Avenue needs no introduction, originally opened in 1925 it became one of the most sought after addresses in New York. Majestic, grand and luxury are just some of the most common terms used to describe the hotel. The rooms are fully equipped with all the modern amenities as well as being traditionally furnished with a modern splash of colour. Guests each get a key to the Gramercy’s private park, the only private park in the city, and can reserve tables and seats in the hotel’s restaurant and bar. Rooms can start at just under $600 a night per person so this really is splurge-worthy.