We all know the phrase Frank Sinatra sang: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. This had everything to do with the city New York and he wasn’t kidding. People come to New York to be the best of the best and to feel alive day and night. Simply said New York is like a state of mind and this was actually what Billy Joel sang. Besides that New York is a big inspiration for artists and you might think every place is overcrowded with tourists, there are still a lot of ‘unknown’ places and must visits where you can find peace and rethink your days in the overwhelming city. This is the Insider’s City Guide New York.
Lower East Side
Let’s start your day in the Lower East Side (LES), this is a neighborhood in the southeast of the district Manhattan. Although the neighborhood is somewhat behind compared with other neighborhoods, the vibe slowly begins to move toward eclectic hip and happening. The streets are really good to just walk around and sniff the artistic New York air. Enjoy a good morning coffee at the patio of Ludlow Hotel. This is a modern, industrial hotel with a very homely and chic feeling, not only good for coffee but also for sleeping.
When it is lunchtime, make sure you visit Russ & Daughters Cafe. This legendary Jewish deli’s sister cafe is the place to enjoy a retro-styled, instagram-ready setting and delicious bagels.
Finish your Lower East Side walk with a cocktail at the Mr. Purple rooftop bar. This place is an Instagram darling with her 360-degree views of Manhattan. You can stop here any time of the day, the menu is eclectic plus light bites and a champagne toast at midnight.
For a Sunday afternoon, Greenwich Village must be on your list to visit. This ‘West Village’ located in Manhattan is especially good to visit with good weather since you’ll find more sun due the lack of high buildings, this is why there is all kind of courtyards and gardens to be found. This district finds it’s uniqueness in many independent entrepreneurs with small-scale, original shops and restaurants.
Places to rest your head
In this always bustling city, you sometimes need a moment to rest. And what better way to do this than in the Aire Ancient Baths. There are salt baths, hot baths, ice baths, shortly said; basically everything.
Every city has a library gem and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Public Library is definitely one to visit. Whether you come for the books, for the quiet, or just to simply see the impressive ceiling the Rose Main Reading room is a necessary stop for anyone visiting New York.
Grab and go food
After a little walk in NYC you will for sure bump into the famous street food bar The Halal Guys. The Halal Guys have managed the quintessential American Dream, from humble beginners to a world-renowned international restaurant chain. Your New York adventure is not complete without a good meal here. From Wall Street to Upper East Side, everyone is waiting in line for some good food.
When you walk in the district Hell’s Kitchen or Chelsea and you’re looking for good on the go food Sullivan Street Bakery will be your favorite. They have Italian-leaning breakfast, pastries and sandwiches, born and bred in NYC. You should definitely try the bomboloni (Italian donuts).
Places to sleep
Earlier we mentioned Ludlow Hotel as a good place to stay, but like you know New York is known for the huge selection of hotels. Another great place to Stay is The Bowery Hotel located in NoHo district. This hotel has it all, it is luxurious, oh-so-cool, and quirky, like old New York itself.
The Mercer Hotel has located in the popular district SoHo and also known for its great restaurant. In this beautiful building is Mercer Kitchen that brings a chic, sophisticated vibe to the heart of SoHo and Soho’s foremost luxury hotel, offering an authentic taste of loft living.