New York City. The place that I can’t wait to see once more, yet can’t figure out how to stay longer than a few days before being completely worn out. New York is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US. I love that I can experience Little Italy for lunch and Chinatown for dinner with just a couple subway stops separating the two. If you want exceptional food, craft cocktails, or be a part of the latest fashion trend, you can find it in New York City. Situated between up-and-coming Brooklyn and the laid back Hoboken, NJ waterfront, New York has a wide array of scenery to offer, experiences to enchant, and exquisite cuisines to keep you coming back for more.
Weather: My most favorite time to visit NYC is in the Fall. The climate is perfect for strolling through Central Park, shopping, and exploring the city. Weather conditions from January - March may not be optimal, but there is a high chance that you will get a great deal on flights and hotels during these months. Regardless of when you decide to take a trip to NYC, there is plenty to enjoy year round.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: If there is one place in the world where you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want, it is New York City. Typical style etiquette is trendy-casual with comfy shoes. Pack transitional clothing appropriate for a nice restaurant or bar yet comfortable enough to walk the city blocks.
For Women: My go to is a comfortable pair of ankle boots, leggings and a cute tunic top with a scarf or jacket and a cross body bag. This will keep you comfortable for walking and shopping but dressed enough to hit a nicer restaurant or bar.
For Men: My husband normally wears a comfortable pair of boots, jeans and a button down.
Culture: It is hard to pin a specific culture on New York City; it really depends on the neighborhood you visit. Although many areas have a variety of food, activities, and experiences, there are certain neighborhoods within the city that are known for different things. Greenwich Village, is our go-to for a great bar scene normally frequented by professionals in their 20s-30s. SoHo is heaven for shoppers and foodies alike with its unique boutique stores and eateries. If you cannot figure out which neighborhood to tackle, think about what interests you, and let Papilia help you plan for your trip.
Find a Wine Bar: It’s no secret one of my favorite things in the world is wine. So many varieties, so many different takes on how it should be made, taste, and what to pair it with… I find a great wine bar tells you a lot about a city and gives you a comfy setting to connect with locals and tourists alike. A few of my favorite wine bars are near Lexington Ave. The Sofia Wine Bar is a great place to take a break from shopping or site seeing.
Take a Walk with No Plan: When we stay in New York City we always try to pick a different neighborhood and explore that area. With so much packed in every city block, every neighborhood offers so much to see. I love to walk out of my hotel in the morning and just start walking. From hidden shops and restaurants to great street performers, and beautiful art, take a stroll and get lost a little.
The Eventi Hotel is located an optimal location, blocks away from Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and the Empire State Building. The concierge staff are more than happy to help answer any questions you have during your stay.
Professional Sports: Every time we are in the city we hop over to Jersey to catch a New York Jets game. My husband is a huge professional sports fan and New York City doesn’t disappoint with the sporting events that it offers. The NY Jets and NY Giants are a quick bus ride across the bridge and the NY Rangers and NJ Devilsaren’t far either. And of course you can’t forget the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York has no shortage of professional sports teams close by.
If You’re a Foodie: You are certain to find a decadent French Dip sandwich with frites at Bistro Les Amis, an intimate French bistro in SoHo.
Also located in SoHo – The Dominique Ansel Bakery, home of the Cronut (croissant – donut). Everything in this bakery is worth every calorie and will be a reward after all that walking you will do in the city!
Safety Tip: Every city has their ‘iffy’ parts and New York is no different. If it’s your first time in the city or you’re exploring a new area – don’t walk in parts of the city you don’t know after dark and take a cab or Uber as opposed to the subway. Other than that, explore away!
Selected information about this destination is provided by Founder/CEO Sophia Hyder; the full narrative is provided by Travel Expert, Catrina Vienrich. Find her @CatrinaVienrich on Twitter or follow her on Trip Advisor.