New York, New York…
Manhattan is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. From the chichi apartment blocks on the Upper East Side, to the skyscrapers of Midtown and bars and shops of the hip Lower East Side, New York is a melting pot of culture, style, fashion and food making it the perfect destination for an exciting city honeymoon. And after twenty-four hours here, you’ll realise why it’s nicknamed the city that never sleeps.
See the sights
The journey into Manhattan from JFK Airport across Brooklyn Bridge (which offers the best glimpse of the city’s famous skyline) is a thrill. Once on the island, New York is buzzing from dawn – to dawn. Newlyweds should ease in slowly; enjoy brunch at a real American diner before indulging in a little retail therapy (jewels from Tiffany’s & Co on Fifth Avenue optional), then wander around one of the amazing museums, such as MoMa (Museum of Modern Art). Spend the rest of your time splashing around on the boating lake in Central Park, taking a ferry to Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty and drinking in the views from the top of the Empire State Building.
Food of love
Manhattan offers world-class dining, drinking and dancing experiences, such as Lotus in the chic Meatpacking district, which offers all three. The scene is constantly changing but romantic favourites, which never lose popularity, include The River Café on Brooklyn’s waterfront which offers amazing views of the city, Union Square Café and exquisite Balthazar, with its bistro vibe and impeccable service.
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A place to stay
The Plaza Hotel , where famous lovebirds Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas tied the knot, has re-opened following a $400 million dollar refurbishment. This landmark hotel, built in the style of a fairy-tale European chateau on the edge of Central Park, has 282 luxurious rooms to choose from. Don’t miss out on afternoon tea at Palm Court or sipping cocktails in the legendary Oak Bar. Rooms from £368 per room per night.
Top tips for your New York break
Track down the locations from your favourite films and TV shows – Friends, Sopranos, Sex and the City – by booking a guided tour with www.screentours.com