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New York State of Mind

“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, 'There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world now. That's the way it is. That's it.'” Robert De Niro.

When should I visit New York? 

April to June and September to the end of October are the best times of year to visit NYC when the weather is mild and the crowds aren’t too overwhelming. If you don’t mind plummeting temperatures, however, Christmas is a magical time to visit - ideal for squeezing in any last-minute Christmas shopping.

How long do I need in New York? 

Four to six nights in New York should give you enough time to fit in the sights and sounds of this wonderfully eclectic city, whilst still allowing you time to overcome any jetlag.

DNA’s hotel recommendations for New York

The Beekman

Located in lower Manhattan, The Beekman is perfect for a business or leisure trip with close access to Ellis Island and City Hall. If you have a love of diamonds, Tiffany’s on Wall Street is just a ten-minute walk away

This architectural gem has 287 fully-appointed rooms, 38 suites and if you want to treat yourself, signature penthouses within the hotel’s iconic “turrets”. Each penthouse comes with a private rooftop terrace, overlooking One World Trade Centre, the Woolworth Building and City Hall Park.

The hotel also comes with great dining options – important to foodies like us. There are two renowned and celebrated restaurants by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally, and a beautiful bar that sits underneath the nine story Victorian atrium. The bar offers a decadent experience whilst you enjoy your morning coffee or a signature cocktail.

If you’re travelling for business, you may be interested in the complimentary high-speed Wifi, USB charging ports and daily newspaper service. For those of you looking to combat any indulgent New York burgers, there’s also a Dual-level fitness centre featuring Peloton studio spin bikes.

Just a short walk from The Beekman, you’ll find the Tribecca Grill, co-owned by Robert De Niro, which offers excellent food and an impressive wine list with 300 Châteauneuf du Papes alone.

The Crosby Street Hotel SoHo

Part of the fabulous Firmdale Hotel Group, the Crosby Street hotel is located on the northern edge of Soho, close to Little Italy, Chinatown and the lower east side.  Here you’ll find trendy shops, art galleries and a vast range of restaurants to suit every budget. The Crosby Street hotel is smaller than The Beekman, with 86 rooms and spectacular one and two-bedroom headline suites located on the upper floors. The suites are a true slice of luxury, offering uninterrupted Manhattan views. Rooms are designed in Kit Kemps signature style – sophisticated, grown up and mixing antique with the modern.

The Crosby Bar serves food and drink throughout the day; excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner, although it’s the cocktails you really must try, created only with ingredients in season, they are deliciously fresh.

For something a little quirky, the hotel is also home to a 99-seat cinema, which holds a Film Club on Sunday nights – perfect after a long day sightseeing!

Balthazar restaurant is also only a short walk away: we recommend trying the champagne, escargot and a 3-tier seafood platter, you won’t be disappointed!

The Edition Hotel

The Edition Hotel offers simple but stylish understated luxury and is nestled on the border between uptown and downtown: north of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca, and south of the 57th street shopping corridor. A fantastic location for those eager to explore the whole city. For a real treat, book yourself into one of the hotel’s suites, offering 180 degree views of Manhattan. The hotel is also home to the incredible Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton’s restaurant, The Clocktower. Our favourite dish on the menu is the Macaroni and Cheese with slow cooked ox cheek- delicious!

Nearby you’ll also find Eleven Madison Park: named the 2017 best restaurant in the world with 3 Michelin stars. Reservations are essential but if you want to experience the creme de la creme, this is the place to go.

What to see in New York

  • Times Square - walk quickly, look up and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this buzzing metropolis.

  • Statue of Liberty – why not ask us to arrange a helicopter tour?

  • Central Park – rent a bike for a couple of hours to make the most of your time.

  • Empire State building – head to the 86th floor for magnificent views and head there early or during lunch and dinner hours to reduce waiting time.

  • Fifth avenue shopping - Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Tiffany & Co, Harry Winston, Henri Bendel and Elizabeth Arden Red door spa for relaxation after shopping.

  • Grand Central Station - Go to the oyster bar - a New York Institution.

Roof top bars

In a city like New York, roof top bars are the perfect way to sit back, enjoy drinks with friends and take in the infamous skyline. Our top suggestions would be St Cloud Social at The Knickerbocker Hotel, Le Bain at The Standard High Line and Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge.

Do you have any other suggestions of where to stay or what to see and do in New York? Let us know in the comments below!

If you are thinking of heading to New York please get in touch with us at or call us on 02071934165 to create a bespoke itinerary for an unforgettable trip.



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