Yesterday I shared the first few (ok, rather more than a few) photos from my trip to New York City. And now, here are some more!
After doing the major tourist thing in Times Square, we headed over to Chelsea for delicious brunch and cocktails at Cookshop and then a walk along the High Line. The High Line was another New York stalwart that I’d not experienced on other trips, so I was excited to get up there and delighted by just how gorgeous it was. It’s an old railway line that runs the length of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, transformed into a beautiful elevated garden with wonderful views over the city.
We also spent a glorious day cycling around Central Park, which was SUPER fun and VERY tiring! Central Park is hilly! Hiring bikes is a great way to see more of the park, which is actually really huge. We cycled the whole round track then stopped for a break in the sunshine – a lovely way to spend the morning.
On our last full night in New York, we booked tickets for Top of the Rock at sunset. I’ve been up to Top of the Rock before but during the day, so seeing it as the sun went down and the city lit up was a whole new experience.
Many people say the view from the Rockefeller Center is much better than the one from the Empire State Building – I haven’t visited the latter so can’t comment but it is a spectacular sight when you reach the 70th floor… and I suppose it’s the Empire State itself that makes it so magical!
We booked our tickets for 7.30pm earlier in the day and arrived at 7.20pm to beat the queues and get a good spot at the front. We finally relinquished our spot at 8pm, when the sun had slipped below the horizon and the city was ready for the night.
We had such a fantastic time in New York City – I couldn’t recommend it more for your next girls’ trip. Here are our recommendations for Manhattan. And now – go book your own!
Fifth Avenue – walk from Central Park down to window shop in the beautiful designer flagships and then treat yourself in J.Crew, Banana Republic or Sephora.
Meatpacking District – we absolutely LOVED this part of Manhattan, over on the west side of the island. Loads of lovely little shops with a super stylish feel.
Cookshop – this brilliant brunch spot offers great food, great booze and easy access to the Highline when you’re done.
The Standard Grill – we had one of the best lunches of our lives here, sitting out in the sun enjoying fresh seafood, chilled white wine and more fries than you can imagine.
Dead Rabbit – Leeds bar-owner Nino recommended this place to us and we had a fab time here. It’s a speakeasy-style place with sawdust on the floor and an extensive cocktail menu – head upstairs to the parlour for more glamour, table service and a read of the amazing concept behind the bar.
PDT – this ‘hidden’ bar is a little gimmicky – you enter through a hot dog shop and pick up a pay phone to enter – but once inside, it’s really friendly and the cocktails are excellent.
Explore Chelsea Market – particularly for foodies, this place is a gem.
Walk the High Line – great views of Manhattan and a peaceful, laidback atmosphere.
Ride bikes in Central Park – the perfect way to see the entire park. Just make sure you hire them from one of the official outlets, and ignore the (very persistent) touts!
See a show on Broadway – we watched Matilda and it was beyond fabulous.