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The Ultimate Guide to New York City in a Weekend

New York City is one of the greatest cities in the whole world, a place I’m lucky enough to call home currently and a city that is flocked to by millions, from all over the world, every year. Therefore, we thought it was a pretty good idea to create a weekend guide for all those visiting the city, whether it be for the 1st time or the 50th. Without further ado here’s a weekend guide to New York City, including a selection of activities you should check out, restaurants you should dine at and places you should see!

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  • Iris Cafe, Brooklyn Heights – First of all, this is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Brooklyn, so it’s worth tying it in with a walk around Brooklyn Heights. Secondly, you should definitely order their poached eggs over nachos.
  • Bluestone Lane Collective, West Village – This spot is a weekend favourite, it’s very Australian and serves up some of the best coffee in New York. They also do a mean avocado on toast which you should definitely check out.

Where to stay

When choosing where to stay, I highly recommend booking a hotel that’s in downtown New York, aka anywhere that’s not Midtown. Midtown is great to stay in if you’d like to be near all the main sightseeing spots (Top of the Rock, Times Square etc) however if you’re wanting to visit New York to experience “real” New York life, then downtown is the place for you. Here’s a couple of our favourite places to stay in the city:

  • The Greenwich Hotel – This hotel is completely exquisite. It’s owned by Robert DeNiro and it fits seamlessly into the surrounding area, on the edge of Soho and Greenwich Village, there’s plenty to do, see and explore.
  • The Broome Hotel – This boutique hotel is a WOW favourite, it’s located right in the heart of Soho, a great location to get out and explore during the day and also aptly placed to venture out further afield. The service here is impeccable and nothing is ever too much trouble! Check out a full review here.
  • AirBnB – If you truly want to feel like you’re living in the city for the weekend then definitely check out the option of renting someone’s apartment. Due to how expensive the rent is you’ll discover that a large proportion of New Yorkers put rooms up to rent on AirBnB to earn a little extra each month. A great way to feel at home in the city!

Dinner

Much like brunch there are quite literally hundreds of options for dinner. You’ll be teased with all manner of restaurants and cuisines. There’s quite literally something for everyone, if you can book at the place of your choice then make sure you do because New York restaurants at the weekend are crazy busy. Here’s a selection of places you should try whilst you’re in the city:

  • Angelica Kitchen, East Village – This is any vegetarian and vegans dream. They produce delicious, vegan and wholesome good food. Definitely try their thai lemongrass curry, it’s incredible.
  • Santina, Meatpacking District – Located under the Highline, Santina serves up an incredible selection of dishes. This is one of my favourite places to order lots of apetisers, to share with a group of friends. Be sure to order the butternut squash carpaccio!
  • Sant Ambreous, West Village – You’ll find a couple of these dotted around the city on the Upper East Side, in West Village and also in Soho. They serve up quite literally some of the best pasta you could possibly eat in the city.

Entertainment

  • Comedy Cellar – If you feel like spending the evening crying with laughter then you definitely need to check out the Comedy Cellar, located in Greenwich Village.
  • Broadway – You could also spend your evening enjoying a show on Broadway, there’s so many amazing shows on at the moment you’ll be spoilt for choice!
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