Where to sleep
This stylish hotel is based in the heart of Midtown, opposite the Museum of Modern Art and with the Rockefeller Center just minutes away. There’s crystal everywhere (Baccarat, obviously), the white-and-red rooms are as pretty as a music box, and the barrel-vaulted bar mixes 1930s touches with French frills.
From £580 per night; baccarathotels.com
Also try: The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, Four Seasons Downtown, Conrad, Mandarin Oriental
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
As well as the knowledge that you’re staying in one of the city’s hippest spots, there’s an extra feel-good factor: you’re doing something for the environment (the hotel is wind-powered, paper-free and has a water reclamation system). It’s also a lot of fun. Check out the rooftop bar complete with a pool that’s strictly for posing — it comes with a helpful ‘no swimming sign’.
From £206 per night; 1hotels.com
Also try: SIXTY SoHo, The James, The Williamsburg Hotel, The London NYC
Moxy Times Square
This small hotel is designed with a new generation of fun-hunting budget travellers in mind. The rooms are snug — they start at 120 sq ft — and come with industrial-style compactable furniture to suit your spatial needs. There are nice touches, such as the pre-recorded bedtime stories, a restaurant serving only eggs and the millennial essential of charging points everywhere. There’s also a lively roof terrace bar with mini-golf course decorated with animal sculptures.
From £72 per night; moxy-hotels.marriott.com
Also try: Freehand, The Jane, NYLO
Where to eat
Korean barbecue restaurant meets steakhouse.
Italian serving family-sized portions. Order wisely.
On-the-go market restaurant with everything from poke and lobster rolls to red velvet croissants.