New York is the city that never sleeps…or is that its visitors? With so much to see and do, it’s the perfect spot for a minimoon or pre-wedding luxury break, but you want to experience the real city. So the team from Localike New York have put together a 24-hour itinerary for couples who only have one day to play
The city that never sleeps, New York is iconic and romantic – so no wonder it is a popular destination for both honeymoon and pre-wedding luxury trips. But the problem in New York is choice – there’s so much to see and do that you need an insider’s advice to experience the real city. So the team from personalised travel service Localike New York have put together their recommendations for 24 fun-packed hours in the Big Apple.
Room with a view: The Williamsburg Hotel
The essence of an entire neighbourhood was distilled into this hotel. The Williamsburg Hotel is in equal parts hip, high-end and historical. The industrial past of its surrounding is merged with the drive of its present as a creative hub. The boutique hotel’s cosy design and private atmosphere make it perfect for a lovers’ getaway.
Breakfast in style: Buvette
From its affectionately designed furnishings to the fanciful getup of its servers, this charming restaurant is a close-to-perfect representation of a romantic café of bygone days. Its only weakness is its small capacity (there are around 15 tables). The small size, however, creates an intimate ambiance for any couple’s brunch or breakfast. We particularly recommend the hidden courtyard.
Sightseeing with a difference: Tribeca Sailing
The feeling of the fresh breeze joins breath-taking skyline views on board a Tribeca Sailing private cruise. It’s the perfect way to make new memories together, while sailing the waters around the island of Manhattan and enjoying unforgettable moments on a classic yacht.
Lunch for sharing: Pearl Oyster Bar
New England-style seafood restaurants have become an essential part of New York’s restaurant scene in recent years. The small and fun Pearl Oyster Bar is a great choice, and it serves one of the best lobster rolls in town. Also known as the coastal burger, this is lobster tossed in a homemade mayo sauce and served on a toasted bun. Combine it with their other delicious seafood dishes – fresh oysters, mussels, shrimp and the rest – to create your own seafood feast.
Afternoon sweetener: Parisian bakery workshop
Learning a new skill is a unique way to get to know each other better, and what could be more romantic than creating something sweet. The traditional New York City bakery Mille Feuille offers private classes for two led by a Parisian chef who introduces the fine-honed skills of pastry baking. Pick your favourite French pastry and take a box home: macarons, croissants, eclairs or choux buns.
Dinner New York style: 4 Charles Prime Rib
The steakhouse 4 Charles Prime Rib gives the first impression of an old and established New York restaurant with lots of dark wood and leather, old paintings and dim lighting. Actually, it has been a rather recent addition to the city’s restaurant landscape, combining the energy of a new place with NY’s old-school restaurant charm. You will not be able to shake the feeling you somehow stumbled onto the set of The Godfather.
Take in Broadway: Band’s Visit
One of the most beautiful love stories currently on Broadway, Band’s Visit is the tale of how laughter and music connect us all. An Egyptian police colonel and an Israeli restaurant owner meet by chance in a little town and their joint love for music brings them together. Exceptionally talented onstage musicians sweep the audience away with lively rhythms. The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Sundowners or nightcap: Press Lounge
The bar on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel offers an utterly spectacular view over Midtown. During sunset – when the light from the Hudson River shines directly onto the buildings’ facades – it’s a picture-perfect vision, while after dark it’s a great spot to enjoy an iconic skyline. Drinking a toast to each other here is the ideal end to a romantic day in the Big Apple.
About Localike New York
Localike is a personalised travel service that enables visitors to experience New York like a local. You complete an online travel profile, highlighting your preferences and interests, and then Localike’s local experts will create your personalised itinerary. This includes bespoke advice on the most up-to-date and off the beaten tracks sights, events and restaurants. For more information on Localike’s personalised travel services, visit localike-newyork.com