New York – the most epic city in the world, where floppy, thin-crust pizzas deserve their own post code and people walk the streets with shopping bags bigger than their apartments. There’s more New York travel articles than 5TH watches. Ignore them – they’re written for your parents. Here’s our 5TH Fam’s tried and tested New York travel tips:
Straight to it. Number one. Nothing else matters without a happy belly and New York has some of the best food in the world.
Roberta’s Pizza (Brooklyn)
Looks aren’t everything. Roberta’s modest decor isn’t what gets people through the door, it’s the world class, classic New York style Pizza. There’s almost always a queue, but you know what they say – “good things come to those who wait”.
Weather permitting, you’ll find Ruby’s Diner with its large doors open and people spilling out onto the street. This Australian-founded restaurant uses mostly local ingredients to make comfortable but delicious food.
Mike says to get the Bronte burger.
Rosie’s (East Village)
An authentic interpretation of Mexican cuisine. The Mexican food culture has been long admired by the founders, so they brought some of the cooking traditions with them and built their own slice of Mexico in East Village.
Nat says to get the corn.
Brooklyn is a hipster haven. It’s main suburbs of Williamsburg and Bushwick have completely transformed in the last few years, but it’s still as cool as ever.
If you’re looking for a smorgasbord of different flavours, cuisines, and creative minds; head to Smorgasburg Food Market on a Saturday and roll out much happier.
Haven’s Kitchen (New York, NY)
A supper club and cooking school where the head chef takes you through cooking up the best of Vietnamese cuisine. When you’re all done, everyone eats together for a giant feast.
For a place with so many incredible bars, it’s almost impossible to find one by chance. The cities just so big that you need to know where to go. Bring your New York fling to these late night haunts:
Dead Rabbit Bar (New York, NY)
The Irish know how to show a good time. Following in the theme of tradition, this modern Irish bar is described as ‘fiercely romantic’. The perfect place for a frightfully good time.
Please Don’t Tell (New York, NY)
The Big Apple is a pretty incredible place to photograph. If street photography isn’t your vibe, head to these spots to get the classiest photos of your time in New York:
Grand Central Terminal (New York, NY)
Every bit as epic as you’d imagined. If you ever wanted a dose of perspective, this is the place to visit. It’s grand, it’s central, and it’s great spot to get a little lost in the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Wythe Hotel (Brooklyn)
Trust us. Head up the elevators to the top floor, order a whiskey and take in that Manhattan view.
The High Line (Manhattan)
A few years ago the city of New York decided to transform a decommissioned rail line on the edge of the city into a public walkway and created one of the most stunning experiences you’ll find.
Guggenheim Museum (Uptown)
Whether you’re into art or not, the architecture of the Guggenheim is stunning and the admission price is well worth an hour spiralling around the structure’s interior.
Credit card at the ready. Most of the world’s best brands call New York home at some point. The best thing about New York’s retail is visiting a brand’s flagship store to see how it looks and feels in the real world.
Dover Street Market (New York, NY)
One of four stores around the globe, Dover Street Market is a constantly transforming mix of retail, art and hospitality. Affordability wasn’t the end goal so get ready for a big day of window shopping, or phone calls to distant relatives who might have missed a birthday or two.
Apartment by The Line (New York, NY)
Lose an hour wandering through this light filled loft in the heart of Soho. The 1872 apartment is like shopping a real life Instagram feed, with the best in womens fashion, beauty and homewares.
Flight Club (New York, NY)
Que sneaker addiction. Any sneaker you ever wanted but couldn’t get your hands on are probably there, at a price.
KITH (Manhattan & Brooklyn)
Ronny Fieg has had more collaborations this year than most brands will in a lifetime. His newly re-launched streetwear mecca in Soho is incredibly cool though. Stop by, if only for the breakfast cereal bar.
The 5TH ‘Time Well Spent’ pop-up (NoLita)
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New York is intense. It’s people are ambitious and work incredibly hard. It’s city has a pace to it that few can rival. Find a little chill time in the heart of the big city with these places:
Central Park (midtown)
It’s larger than most CBD’s and worth an afternoon in the sun. You think you must be near the end, only to realise that you’re a third of the way in.
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers (Chelsea)
Hit balls into the Hudson from sunrise to sunset with opening hours from 6:30am – 12:30am. The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers Driving Range is underrated, and a lot of fun.
Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)
Live music, good drinks and ten pin bowling. Works for us.
Sleep No More (The McKittrick Hotel, New York, NY)
One of the coolest things in the city – a bunch of really creative people turned Shakespeare’s Macbeth into a live play in a Manhattan building. You follow your curiosity as a play breaks out over three levels. Where you go and what you think happens, is up to you.
The Glass House (New Canaan)
One for the architecture lovers. An hour and twenty minutes by train, you’ll find The Glass House – 49 acres spanning 14 buildings that feel like a complete escape from Manhattan.