24 Hours in New York City
The ultimate reference for eating, drinking, dancing and exploring the USA’s most iconic city.
8am: Murray's Bagels in New York, NY. It’s early morning in the Meatpacking District and the streets below you are already bustling with coffee-fuelled purpose. Make your way to Murray’s Bagels for the best hand-rolled beigels in the city, opting for a lox (salmon) and cream cheese with a large cuppa Joe to start the day.
9am: The High Line. Escape the crowds and traffic on this elevated urban park. Once an abandoned freight rail line, this aerial greenway now offers expansive views of the Hudson River, the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Start at the southernmost entrance at Gansevoort and amble along what feels like a digitised, sliced image of the city, making a quick stop at Chelsea Market to taste your way through the food stalls.
11am: Central Park. Hail a yellow cab north to New York’s beloved 843-acre playground and rent a paddleboat on the lake or, if it’s winter, channel John Cusack circa Serendipity and skate Wollman Rink.
The Spotted Pig
1pm: The Spotted Pig. April Bloomfield opened this Michelin-starred restaurant in Greenwich Village and it has since been invested in by the likes of Mario Batali, Jay-Z and Bono. Chow down on a kudos-laden chargrilled burger with roquefort and shoestring fries, washed down with The Spotted Pig’s own cask bitter, brewed in Brooklyn.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
3pm: MoMA. Get cultured like a native at the Museum of Modern Art. Often noted as one of the most influential modern art museums in the world, its art loot includes Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
6pm: Top of the Rock. Catch the extraordinary 360-degree view from the 70th floor observation deck. At 850-feet in the air, the views outshine those from the Empire State (partly because as you’re not up the Empire State, you get to see it from an incredible viewpoint).
7pm: Times Square. Walk only two avenues east of the Rockefeller Center to one of Manhattan’s most iconic addresses. It’s busy, garish and touristy, but it’s as much a part of the New York experience as salt beef and pastrami.
Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza
8pm: Lombardi’s. Hop on the R Train at Times Square Station (much to the envy of Londoners, the Subway runs 24 hours) and head downtown to Prince Street. Opened in 1905, Lombardi’s was New York’s first pizzeria and over a century later, it’s still famous for its brick-oven-baked, thin-crust pizza pies. Fold your slice in half, pick it up and get stuck in – this is not a time to be delicate.
PDT (Please Don't Tell)
10pm: PDT. After a few glasses of wine, the city that never sleeps will beckon you to join the party. Walk a few blocks towards St. Mark’s and into Crif Dogs, where you’ll find a phone booth that doubles as a secret entrance to Please Don’t Tell – a speakeasy that can knock up a seriously good Old Fashioned.
The Standard, High Line
Sleep: The Standard, High Line. Suspended above the High Line on stilts, this is one of the most sought-after locations for a nightcap. With heavy lids, head to your room and draw the curtains on your floor-to-ceiling windows before the sun rises. If you hear any commotion in the corridors, it’s probably just Dr Dre mooching about – he’ll return to his room eventually.