New York City is a lively metropolis of bright lights to see you through the space between dusk and dawn (if you so choose). By day, incredible cuisine, historic neighbourhoods, and world-famous museums are just a few of the city’s charms that are sure to impress. NYC is incredible, and it seriously has something for everyone.
Neighbourhoods of note
There really isn’t a bad neighbourhood in Manhattan, but if you’re on a time crunch, you won’t want to miss SoHo and NoHo (in other words, the areas south of Houston Street and north of Houston Street). If you venture into Brooklyn, Williamsburg is the place to be.
Located in the historic Flatiron District, Freehand Hotel is wonderfully hip, boasting a rooftop bar with city views, an Artist-In-Residence program, numerous bars and restaurants, and an on-site fitness center. Admire the custom artwork by Bard College artists that adorn the space. The location is spot-on, too.
CNN Travel asked, “Is this the most wellness-obsessed hotel in America?” Offering next-door gym access, meditation sessions, and in-room IV infusion therapy sessions, we might go ahead and say yes. This stunningly simple, modern hotel might be your ideal home away from home while in the Big Apple.
You can’t stay overnight here, but if you’re looking for a beautiful spot to rest, reset, or work from at any point throughout the day, 3DEN is the pay-as-you-use place to be. With plenty of outlets, nap pods, and showers (plus towels and slippers), you can properly rest and reset at 3DEN.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Rustic meets modern at this plant-based restaurant and café. With three locations in NYC, you’re sure to find one (relatively) close to wherever you explore. Start your day with a coconut yogurt parfait or choose to finish it with house-made pasta and a glass of vino.
This community-centered café offers a simple and nutritious menu and a relaxed beach vibe. Try their banana & walnut bread with espresso mascarpone or opt for a savoury classic – smashed avocado on sourdough toast.
Brick interiors and rustic wooden tables make this spot feel incredibly cozy and warm. Located on Bond Street, this downtown spot serves breakfast lunch and dinner and also offers takeaway items such as chocolate scones and banana buckwheat bread (the latter being vegan and gluten-free).
While We Were Young
Both the cocktails and kitchen creations here are incredible. With vegan and gluten free options, there really is something for everyone. Start off with a few “For The Table” options like truffle fries and cauliflower “tater tots.”
Bluestone Lane is an Australian-inspired coffee chain with cafés scattered across Manhattan. These cafés are modern and fresh and serve up a fantastic flat white. If it’s too late in the day for a caffeine kick, sip on an Australian lager or glass of wine instead.
Cha Cha Matcha
If you’re own the prowl for a fantastic cup of matcha tea, you are in luck in NYC. Cha Cha Matcha offers fantastic matcha green tea to help you energize and focus on the beautiful day ahead, without leaving you jittery. Their matcha is sourced fresh from Uji, Japan.
Yoga & Wellness
This yoga studio is not your average yoga studio. With classes held in a dark, candlelit, mirror-less room, students get the opportunity to go deeper into their personal practice. Plus, the studio is heated by infrared technology that helps to detoxify the blood as you sweat.
Escape the madness of the city by entering the alternate reality of Maha Rose. Join a yoga class, try a sound bath, or partake in a community reiki session. There may even be some super cool wellness workshops going on while you’re there. Head to Greenpoint to sink into this little oasis.
Just over a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan, as far east on Long Island as you can basically get, is the little bohemian town of Montauk. Once a sleepy fishing village, Montauk is now a popular weekend destination for New Yorkers. It’s the perfect summertime retreat, but we’ve also heard it’s pretty special in autumn too when crowds die out and leaves start to change.