1. Johns Coffee Shop for breakfast with the locals
2. Breakfast at Jacks Wife Freda
3. Jimmy for an adult night out, the ability to lounge, a roof top pool and view
4. The Waverly Inn we ended up eating here twice filled with art character drawings you have to pay a visit, great food and a little yard where the carriages used to come into New York. Steeped in history.
5. Speak easys where you can buy home made gin, protruding brick walls when you walk around greenwich village.
7. Empire estate building
8. Statue of liberty I'd seen before, it was a foggy day and my bestie wanted to see. It was the funniest inveigling moment when you could see nothing it was so bad. Note to everyone do not go up on a foggy day, but when it is clear the views are well worth it. We did have such a laugh though!
9. Time Square - from the Marriott gives you 360 views of the city without the hustle and bustle
10. The High Line started as a regeneration project by 2 individuals, and the community then restored and regenerated the space along the high line. We had a relaxing walk all the way along, and enjoyed finding exhibits and just letting life pass us by.
12. Little Italy and China Town for a little of the cultural make splashes, street art and maybe grab a coffee in Little Italy. China Town had become very run down from when I was last there in my teens but still work a look.
13. Bath Tub Gin had great cocktails, but you need to book to get a table. It was so packed we decided to leave after a few cocktails.
14. The Musket Rooms highly recommended, it was one of our favourites the food was amazing. If you follow me on instagram you will see I could not choose which dish to post, so I posted them all. Well worth it.
15. Ta Combi recommended for dinner and drinks, it was so fresh and so cheap mexican food with a great ambience.
16. Caribbean gourmet try the banana bread from Heavywoods Bushwick. We were so full after Jacks Wife Freda we walked, found a Danish artisan bakery my husband wanted to try and then Heavywoods. The banana bread was so delicious, and we saw the other guests dishes that next time we will definitely book there for breakfast.
17. Central Park walking central park was great, the restaurant very over rated. I would pass. We did it for the a friends 40th, but the other restaurants we visited were far more delicious.
18. The 9/11 memorial. This was one of the most somber places I have been, but the memorial and the never ending hole that it has left is a place to reflect. You can then head to the financial district, which is weird as the commercialism and divides in the world are kind of depressing/
19. The Intrepid Museum. I'm married to a geek but even I got lost in this museum for the good part of the day. It was fascinating not just the machinery, but all the stories and how they lived during the hanger in World War II.
20. Shopping. Of course my Marc Jacobs broke which was a disaster. However, Macy's was run-in a 25% reduction of everything. That was just half a day of buying more than a bag. I discovered Rachel Roy, just how do we not have that label in Europe! People trees and basically you will find a lot of your favourite brands in New York. I basically topped up my wardrobe as I never get to shop and try things on in a shop (online shopping is typically my go to as a mum).
21. Go to the main station and look up at the stars. Keep an eye on your pockets, but you will find little finds like these.