We love New York, we go there as much as possible to get its energy. Please find our modest suggestions and preferred places : we definitely like to stay Downtown and recommend to have a walk in SoHo, Nolita, Noho, West village, Chelsea Meat packing District and the Highline, an old elevated railroad that was transformed into a long walking park. And of course we recommend to have a walk on Brooklyn Bridge and go up the Empire State to get a understanding of Manhattan.
Hotel selection :
Our favorite : The Maritime (http://www.themaritimehotel.com) with its 60’s Riviera style. Have a drink at the very cosy bar and then diner at the fantastic Matsuri japanese restaurant.
Second favorites : The Crosby for its great location in SoHo and the great public spaces (http://www.firmdalehotels.com/new-york/crosby-street-hotel) but also The Ace hotel (https://www.acehotel.com/newyork), more uptown close to the Empire State with its unique atmosphere
The Standard Hotel, a bit less fun but great location over the Highline on the Hudson River. Their restaurant, the Standard grill is great too and has good burgers
Super pancakes : in the Lower East side have a pancake at Clinton Str Baking Company, between Clinton et Houston, go there early, there’s always a line
Super mexican sandwich restaurant in Nolita : Habana at corner of Prince and Elizabeth, it’s an institution. Have the grilled corn, it’s unique.
If you are looking for a typical diner : Empire Diner on 210 10th Avenue is still like in the 30’s
Cebicheria La Mar (http://www.lamarcebicheria.com) on Madison & 25th, if you like raw fish, it is super sophisticated but simple and delicious
Lafayette restaurant and bakery: 380 Lafayette street à NoHo
Our favorite design store: The future perfect, 55 Great Jones street, right by Lafayette restaurant in NoHo