Reasons You Have To Visit New York City in 2017
Bright lights, Big city. Make your friends green with envy this St Patricks day with a trip to New York city where there is shopping, entertainment and gastronomical delights to suit every taste and pocket.
We’ve all heard that New York is the city that never sleeps – and it’s true! NYC never hibernates, instead it serves up a first-class entertainment scene with generous helpings of music shows, theatre, dance, opera and sporting events. You can pre-book a theatre show on Broadway on playbill.com and collect your tickets on arrival.
With shows such as Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera running in Broadway, you’d be mad not to grab yourself a pair of tickets!
Here are some of the many treats that await you in the concrete jungle…
When it comes to shopping in NYC your options are limitless. It’s every serious shopper’s paradise as it is home to some of the best departments stores in the world, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Wander around the lavish surrounds of Tiffany’s or Cartier on Fifth Avenue, or enjoy the thrill of finding a designer label at a fraction of the price at discount stores or a flea market.
If you’re looking for something different and unique head to the Chelsea Markets down in the meatpacking district. Trust me you will not be disappointed. From once off pieces of jewellery, to chic clothes, you’re spoiled for choice. Plus they have an amazing off licence full of delicious wines. Need we say more?
On a side note, if you decide to visit during the summer, do not miss out on the Smorsgasburg food market in Brooklyn. With the best food from all over the city, and a stunning view of Manhattan, it’s a must see.
WHERE TO EAT
Whether you fancy posh nosh or cheap eats, NYC is king – and none more so than a typical New York diner for breakfast. We recommend The Morning Star Café (2nd avenue, bet 50th and 51st Street) where the menu boasts toasted bagels with cream cheese and grape jelly, over easy eggs with home fries and corned beef hash, pancake stacks with maple syrup and crispy bacon.
For a good steak, we recommend Peter Lugers, one of New York’s oldest steakhouses and is just a cab ride over the Williamsburg Bridge. PJ Clarkes is another gem in Manhattan, too (55th and 3rd). It’s worth noting that minimum tipping is now 15% in NYC and some even recommend up to 25%.
For drinks and superb bar food, call to Smithfield Hall sports bar (25th Street, bet 7th and 8th Avenue) owned by Cork man Tom McCarthy. You’ve got to sample their jumbo buffalo wings while enjoying some celeb spotting; apparently, James Bond star Daniel Craig is a regular here. Meanwhile, brunch at the Rainbow Room, at the top of the Rockefeller Plaza, is a perfect venue for a special occasion.
Honouring the memory of the 3,000 lives lost on September 11th, 2001, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum should be at the centrepiece of any trip tp NYC. Reservations for the memorial are no longer necessary, but you should pre-book your museum tickets on www.911memorial.org. Entry costs $24.
Also the Empire State building is a must. One of the things that strike you when you first step out in Manhattan is the size of the buildings. Taking a trip up to the top of the Empire State really makes you realise just how big of a city New York is. Looking down at all the other large buildings and the busy streets below makes you understand why New York has the name as the city that never sleeps.
WHERE TO STAY
You’ll find it hard to beat Fitzpatrick’s Hotel in Manhatten, and if it’s good enough for regulars Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne then it’s good enough for us! www.fitzpatrickhotels.com
HOW TO GET THERE
Planning a trip to the Big Apple can seem daunting bu if you can book everything from your hotel to museums and even your Broadway show, through nycgo.com.
Also by using City pass, you can save 40% or more on the top 6 New York City Attractions including The Empire State Building Experience, American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock Observation deck OR The Guggenheim Museum, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Or Intrepid sea, Air & Space Museum.