Long, indulgent brunches are big business in New York. Our pick of the brunch bunch is Buvette, a gorgeous little French eatery in the West Village, which is decked out in pretty decor and does magical things with eggs.
After a stroll around the famous 843-acre Central Park, treat yourselves to a coffee or cocktail with a pretty lakeside view at The Loeb Boathouse, the backdrop to many a movie scene. Talking of which, be sure to…
3. …have a movie moment
From Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Fifth Avenue) to When Harry Met Sally… (Katz’s Deli) via SATC (see The Loeb Boathouse, above) and Friends (Pulitzer Fountain), New York has played host to so many films and TV series, it can look strangely familiar even if you’re a first-timer. Forget playing it cool for an hour and recreate your favourite scene together. (A selfie stick comes in handy here!)
Jazz hands at the ready, because New York is home to some of the world’s best musicals. Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre is the most romantic option at the moment, although no one would judge if you chose Frozen (due out Feb 2018) instead.
5. Sip cocktails in the sky
NYC has certainly made the most of its celebrated skyline, with rooftop bars on every corner, and some of the world’s greatest hotel bars nestled within the city.
If you don’t have a head for heights, keep your feet on solid ground at The NoMad Hotel’s opulent bar, voted 36th in The World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2015.
If making like Carrie Bradshaw and sipping cocktails has got you thinking about your wedding drinks menu, check out our round up of amazing wedding cocktails.
6. Eat like a local
So many must-visit restaurants to choose from and so little time.
For fine dining by candlelight, there’s One if by Land, Two if by Sea in a Greenwich Village carriage house, which prides itself on having been the venue of choice for more proposals than any other New York restaurant.
If you can’t get enough of the city skyline, head to The River Café under Brooklyn Bridge, which combines river views, live piano and gourmet food to perfection. And in the West Village, you’ll find The Waverly Inn, which serves high-end comfort food in a shabby-chic setting.
7. Get your culture fix at Lincoln Center
Home of the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, you can have a seriously smart night out at this impressive building. There’s a pretty courtyard with a fountain and twinkling lights that’s just perfect for a hand-in-hand stroll during the interval, too.
8. Take in the sights by night
Continue the wedding celebrations with dinner, drinks and a DJ on board a Hornblower New York yacht as it sails past the Statue of Liberty.
The Empire State is better after dark, too, and to see it in all its sparkling glory, get VIP tickets to Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Centre at sunset.
9. Walk the line
The High Line, that is – a one-and-a-half mile long linear park on a disused railway with great views along the western side of Manhattan. Finish at Chelsea Market, where you can mingle with foodie New Yorkers and get your fill of all the best bites the city has to offer.
10. Have a giggle
It’s often said that laughter is the key to a successful marriage, so start as you mean to go on with a visit to Comedy Cellar, home to some of America’s best comedians.
Where to stay
LOCATION: The WestHouse Hotel New York,a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is one for culture vultures, with the Lincoln Center and Broadway right on the doorstep and Central Park mere moments away.
VIBE: The streets outside this Prohibition-style hotel may be buzzing with activity, but step across the threshold into the marble-floored lobby and you enter an oasis of calm. There are plenty of gorgeous spaces to put your feet up beyond the lobby, too. Head downstairs to speakeasy-style bar The Den for a signature Oldie But Goodie cocktail, while upstairs there’s The Terrace, an elegant place to watch the world go by at a frenetic pace below.
BEST FOR: The rooms with a view. At the higher end of the suite scale there are terrace rooms, which look out over Times Square and Central Park.
WE LOVE: The glamorous little extras. GHDs in every room, a direct line to Net-a-Porter and hair and make-up experts from the Glam Squad on call to provide in-room beautification… there’s no excuse for not looking your absolute best at this hotel.
LOCATION: On the border of the Flatiron District and Murray Hill, Hotel Chandler is as close to the Empire State Building as you can get and within walking-in-flats distance of the High Line and Times Square.
VIBE: Relaxed and luxurious with a touch of old school glamour, our reviewer felt like a real Manhattanite in this plush hotel. The interiors are warm, the bedrooms generous and service is with a smile.
BEST FOR: Fabulous food. Hotel Chandler is a gastronomic destination with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Juni, headed up by chef Shaun Hergatt.
WE LOVE: The concierge service. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff at this hotel, another member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With the concierge on hand to advise on everything from directions to restaurant reservations, there’s no need to carry a guidebook around.