New York guide: Where to stay, eat & drink in Manhattan

Where to stay

New York is way too expensive, but there are a variety of hotels to suit every budget if you read this article. The high – low season rule in New York City doesn’t exist, wavering rates reflect availability. The average room rate is $300, but these days it’s not uncommon to find super deals!

Hotel 50 Bowery a boutique hotel in the heart of Nyc’s Chinatown. Created to excite international explorers, creative professionals and New York locals alike, Hotel 50 Bowery celebrates the energy of New York—with a richly-textured design style, memorable culinary experiences, cultural discoveries, magnetic nightlife, and unforgettable celebrations on the rooftop amid the city’s epic skyline.

Hotel 50 Bowery

Millennial-favourite The Pod Hotel has funky colours, iPads in the communal room and roof decks. There are four locations around the city and Brooklyn. Doubles from $85, room only.

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The Pod Hotel

The lobby is spectacular at The Row, although the rooms are fairly basic. Situated on Times Square, it’s a stone’s throw from Broadway and most of the theatres. Doubles from $67, room

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Youthful, chic Andaz Fifth Avenue ditches stuffy reception desks for hip, mobile staff who check you in on Ipads in the art-laced lobby. It also has a secret basement bar serving limited-edition spirits and locavore-focused dishes, and regular talks by guest artists and curators.

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Andaz 5th Av.

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at The Bowery Hotel. Pick up your old-fashioned gold room key with its red tassel in the dark, hushed lobby then follow the mosaic floors to your room. Rooms have huge factory windows with unobstructed views, simple white spreads with red piping, and elegand four-poster beds.

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The Bowery Hotel

The James New York – NOMAD Find your balance in NoMad. Experience sanctuary and scene at The James New York – NoMad, located on the corner of 29th Street and Madison Avenue, near iconic Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District. The James plays with a variety of architectural elements in each of the hotel’s different spaces, and somehow they all work beautifully.

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James New York – Nomad

Stay iconic – Welcome to Lotte New York Palace. A stately and historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan, Lotte New York Palace has long reigned as New York City’s most iconic and instantly recognizable hotel. A peerless address for business, a glamorous setting for society weddings, and a treasured retreat for family holidays, Lotte New York Palace is woven into the fabric of New York City.


Lotte New York Palace


Where to eat

Prepare to spend a big amount of your budget for food! At the Big Apple you can find many markets if you don’t want to pay a fortune but also the most expensive restaurants in the world! Check your pockets and the menu before sit!

DiFara Pizza In operation since 1964 in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Dom DeMarco the proprietor makes the pies himself. Expect lines.

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Juliana’s Celebrated return of pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi to Brooklyn in 2013.

Roberta’s another pizza must in Brooklyn.

Kitchenette comfort food at its best – serving Harlem and Hudson Valley for over 20 years.

Massawa The oldest African eatery in NYC (re- opening February 2019). Serves Ethiopian – Eritrean food every day, all day.

Freemans Down the Alleyway…In the fall of 2004, Taavo Somer and William Tigertt happened upon a perfect cozy space at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, and Freemans Restaurant was born. Loved the Brunch menu!

Cocotte Located in Soho, Cocotte is a French- Spanish rooted restaurant with a hint of accents from the basque country.

Russ and Daughters Their  New York Brunch is one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2018!

Two Hands Named after the crime-com film starring Heath Ledger, Two Hands encapsulates Australia’s relaxed, sophisticated cafe culture. Great food, rude service thought (but ok i think it was only one occasion)

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que  Everyone dives into this honky-tonk rib bar fo a rockin’ feed! Extra credits for the huge dishes!

Uncle Boons  New York’s new favorite uncle, Boons serves up Michelin-star Thai in a fun, tongue-in-cheek combo of retro wood panels, Thai film posters and old family snaps.

Butcher’s Daughter (vegeterian) The Butcher’s Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, juice bar and “vegetable slaughterhouse.»  We treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.

La Esquina Mega popular and quirky little spot! Serves Mexican food.

Chelsea Market In a shining example of redevelopment and preservation, the Chelsea Market has transformed former factory into a shopping concourse that caters to foodies. More than two dozen food vendors of which in one evening I taste 1) burger and lobster 2)green table (farm fresh organic ingredients) 3)los tacos 1 (to die for) 4) la arte del gelato 5)Sarabeth’s (extra delicious brownies).


Anthropologie shop (Chelsea Market)

Anthropologie offers a one-of-a-kind and compelling shopping experience that makes women feel beautiful, hopeful and connected.


Artists & Fleas (Chelsea Market)

Artists & Fleas is a multi-merchant marketplace that has been disrupting retail for more than a decade by delivering ever-evolving and extraordinary shopping experiences.

Cookshop A brilliant brunching pit stop before tackling the verdant High Line across the street!

The Spotted Pig This Michelin-starred gastro-pub is a favorite with Villagers, serving an upscale blend of hearty Italian and British dishes. No reservations, full all day! Worths waiting.

Shake Shack Madison Square Garden Junk food! Try the hand-cut fries and the cheeseburger! It’s important to visit the Shake Shack at Madison Square Garden, especially in winter although its a bit cold you will love the scenery.

Burger Joint With only a small neon burger as your clue, this speakeasy-style burger hut lurks behind the lobby curtain in the Le Parker Meridien hotel.



Where to drink

Apotheke Cocktail Bar At Apothéke, the presentation of a cocktail is just as dramatic as the cocktail itself. The bar is no longer a bar. It’s a stage. A chemistry lab. A theatre. A unique-shaped Austrian crystal glass is carefully selected for each cocktail, and into it, is poured a beautiful, jewel-colored liquid. This is much more than a cocktail bar – this is a cocktail apothecary. Definitely my fav bar at NYC! Every Tuesday Jazz night live with the High & Mighty Brass Band.

Please Don’t Tell (speakeasy) Definitely a must on the NYC speakeasy hit list.

The Top of the Standard (rooftop bar) With dramatic city views that turn magical at sundown, the glittering room of late-night lore is equally alive during Sunset Service. In the afternoon, guests are welcome for tea and drinks amid spectacular sunlit views. In the evening, live jazz music, a small-plate menu, and specialty cocktails turn the room into the city’s most sophisticated supper lounge. The dress code is smart casual attire focusing on well-tailored and fitted clothing with the appropriate footwear. Reservations strongly recommended.In the summer go above Top for a cocktail and views from one of the city’s most iconic rooftops.