Places to sight-see are ten a penny in NYC . Don’t miss views of the Statue of Liberty from the free Staten Island Ferry (1-718 727 2508; www.siferry.com) and the Empire State Building (1-212 736 3100; www.esbnyc.com) or get lost in artistic reveries at the Museum of Modern Art (1-212 708 9400; moma.org) For those who want to get off the well-worn track try the numerous walking tours available. Official tourist information can be found at nycgo.com.
New York is famous as a shopper’s paradise, and many flock to the big department stores like Macy’s (151 W 34th Street; macys.com), Barneys (660 Madison Avenue; barneys.com) and Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Avenue; bloomingdales.com) for everything from designer duds to kitchenware. Children will never want to leave the giant toy paradise FAO Schwarz (767 Fifth Avenue; fao.com). For hip boutiques, go to the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Looking for something to take back home? T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with the iconic ‘I Love NY’ logo make great souvenirs.
Order the pastrami on rye and recreate the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally at Katz’s deli (1-212 254 2246; katzdeli.com). You’ll be hard pressed to go a block without finding an amazing restaurant selling everything from bialys and bagels to michelin-starred cuisine.The important thing to remember when dining is to tip well. Waiters earn much less than the minimum wage, so 15-20% of the bill is expected.
You are spoiled for choice with New York’s luxury hotels, one of the most famous of which is the Plaza (1-212 759 3000; 1-800 759 3000; fairmont.com/theplaza). Rooms start at $595 a night, though, so for cheaper options try newyorkhotels.com. A notable one is the Pod Hotel (1-212 355 0300; thepodhotel.com), where for $89 dollars a night you can have clean rooms with iPod stations, free Wi-Fi and LCD TV.