New York (packing list)

Hotels

Hospitality at its finest

The Park Hyatt New York

Lap of luxury

For one of the hospitality industry’s most reliable brands this is a suitably indulgent flagship; French architect Christian de Portzamparc has done a fine job. Plus there’s the bonus of being right next to Carnegie Hall.

153 West 57th Street, NY 10019
+1 646 774 1234
newyork.park.hyatt.com

The Ludlow, Lower East Side

Diamond in the rough

The hotel’s stylishly dark entrance and lobby bar are an upscale tip of the hat to the once gritty rock’n’roll neighbourhood. The 187 rooms offer a calming oasis without losing their cool Lower East Side vibe.

180 Ludlow Street, NY 10002
+1 212 432 1818
ludlowhotel.com

Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg

Local influence

This is an establishment that not only remains the same but also continues to set the standard. Worth a visit for the rooftop bar alone.

80 Wythe Avenue, NY 11249
+1 718 460 8000
wythehotel.com

Food and drink

Smart bites and top stops

Russ & Daughters, Lower East Side

Homely Jewish fare

This Jewish “appetising store” was opened by Joel Russ on East Houston in 1914 and hasn’t changed much since, serving fish-based takeaway fare and now run by the fourth-generation Russ family. There’s also a café around the corner.

179 East Houston Street, NY 10002
+1 212 475 4880
russanddaughters.com

Tacombi, Nolita

Camping out

This kitsch Mexican taco joint does a roaring lunchtime trade. The refreshing menu features classics such as pork-belly tacos alongside lesser-known offerings such as Veracruzana fish.

267 Elizabeth Street, NY 10012
+1 917 727 0179
tacombi.com

Café Colette, Williamsburg

Creative corner

Head to this New American bistro for rustic, creative food. Brunch options include poached eggs with roasted squash and hearty mains feature butter-bean-and-kale stew with grilled sourdough.

79 Berry Street, NY 11249
+1 379 599 1381
cafe-colette.com

Jack’s Wife Freda, West Village

Low-key dining

The café’s menu features an all-day selection of simple yet delicious dishes, including a fresh take on Israeli shakshuka and the Madame Freda sandwich with duck prosciutto and cheddar béchamel. Rustic hospitality is everything here.

50 Carmine Street, NY 10014
+1 646 669 9888
jackswifefreda.com

The Nomad Bar, Nomad

Accessible grandeur

With mahogany-lined walls, green-leather booths and a mirrored bar that rises up into a dramatic two-storey space, the Nomad Bar evokes opulence akin to that of the Nomad restaurant.

10 West 28th Street
+1 212 796 1500
thenomadhotel.com

Retail

Shop talk

The Monocle Shop, West Village

Our embassy in New York

Every item in our NY shop – from acrylic canvas carry-on bags to brass-plated paperweights – aspires to bring harmony to your hectic life and keep you looking good too.

535 Hudson Street (at Charles Street)
+1 212 229 1120
monocle.com/shop/

Dover Street Market, Kips Bay

One-stop concept shop

A beaux arts seven-floor mansion houses Rei Kawakubo’s multibrand shop that focuses on the avant garde. It goes through a biannual transformation of its space in January and July.

160 Lexington Avenue, NY 10016
+1 646 837 7750
newyork.doverstreetmarket.com

Barneys, Midtown

Head of department

First established in 1923 as a menswear shop on Manhattan’s west side, Barneys’ original slogan was “For the man who knows”. Today the department store maintains its reputation as an arbiter of haute-fashion.

660 Madison Avenue, NY 10065
+1 212 826 8900
barneys.com

McNally Jackson, Nolita

Book and stationery master

McNally Jackson Books captures a golden age of bookshops: a refined selection that includes art, photography and graphic design. Look out for the “espresso” book machine: a gizmo that can print a self-published book in six minutes (at a cost).

52 Prince Street, NY 10012
+1 212 274 1160
mcnallyjackson.com