West~bourne | The all-day menu at recently opened West~bourne makes it a favourite for brunch. Enjoy options like buckwheat Malibu Waffles with vanilla crème fraîche and blackberry jam, and Echo Taco crispy corn tortillas packed with hash browns, American cheese and cos lettuce. Casual yet cool, this neighbourhood eatery is a great spot for a solo coffee with a side of people watching.
PH-D Lounge at Dream Downtown | Rub shoulders New York’s elite at this opulent rooftop bar, while taking in uninterrupted panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. Order a Cucumber Smash from the cocktail menu and marvel at Manhattan by night. With regulars like Naomi Campbell and Katie Holmes, it’s strongly suggested that you make a reservation.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon New York | Located in the Meatpacking District, this modern tasting-counter chain offers exquisitely plated dishes like truffled langoustine ravioli and caramelised free-range quail with foie gras and potato purée. The brainchild of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon, who’s racked up 32 Michelin stars for all his restaurants around the world), L’Atelier offers a convivial and interactive dining experience. Video supplied by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge | Green goes luxe at the environmentally conscious 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which opened its doors late last year. Guests can expect more eco-chic than happy hippie: electric Tesla cars for their exclusive use during their stay, a rooftop pool, an amazing Bamford Haybarn Spa, and ridiculously comfortable hemp-blend mattresses. The boutique hotel was designed by local artists and built using reclaimed materials, and has been voted as one of the best luxury stays in the city.
Aire Ancient Baths New York | Not your average spa, Aire Ancient Baths is hidden in the heart of Tribeca. A series of dimly lit temples offers complete nirvana for mind and body as you journey from bath to bath. There are salt baths, hot baths, ice baths and even wine baths to sink into – best followed by a relaxing massage performed by the highly skilled masseuses.
Words by Lynette Botha