New York

New York, New York: like most great capitals, it is cultural, it is stylish, and it has an undeniable swagger that is uniquely its own. Yet the true appeal of New York – and what constitutes the fibre of the magnetic pull it has always had for generations of hopefuls, dreamers, careerists, and romantics all around the world hoping to find fulfilment, sanctuary or just a really good time – is the fact that it offers true anonymity and privacy even in the midst of millions. The comfort of togetherness and inclusiveness amidst a crowd: in a city that never sleeps, always with a finger in the pulse, it is hard around the edges, it is marvellous, it is wonderful, it is complex and it is complicated – yet its residents all know it too well, like a shared secret, that here lies something truly special.

Use our personalised Google map below to navigate your way around the city that never sleeps

The Nomad Hotel

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Effortless cool, old school charm and unbeatable design in a hip, upbeat location close to the fashion district. Great place to meet people at the buzzing bar or enjoy a bite to eat from their impressive menu.

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Bar Pitti

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Fantastic trattoria serving earnest Tuscan food. The outdoor seating and storied Italian mystique means it’s a place to see and be seen. Bey, Kate, Gisele and Jay Z, anyone?

268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Blue Ribbon Sushi

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One of Nicky’s favourite sushi spots in the city, Blue Ribbon is quite small but very authentic, and the fact that it opens late means that it’s the perfect spot to go to after a show.

119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Freemans

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Simple, rustic and a bit old world, this is a great local, casual pit stop whilst shopping along Bowery. Offering traditional American fare with a lively atmosphere and a cool crowd.

Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

Dean & Deluca

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The gourmet market to end all gourmet markets: like our own James Street Markets in Brisbane, but on steroids.

Soho, 560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Gramercy

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One of our favourite hotels in the city, the Gramercy is a grand hotel with a great history, atmospheric design, legendary residents and glowing bar life.

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Clinton St. Baking Company

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Best breakfast pancakes we’ve ever had, full stop. Take cash, go early to avoid the queues and expect to see a lot of food bloggers – yes, the pancakes are that famous!

4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

The Spotted Pig

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The shining star of New York’s gastropub scene, the little piggy is the spot where Nicky had the best New Years day hungover Brunch – great Bloody Marys and lots of fun!

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
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I Sodi

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Hands down Nicky’s favourite restaurant in NYC for Italian, the home-made pasta here is out of this world. The sister restaurant to Buvette and Via Carota, I Sodi is the perfect neighbourhood restaurant in the West Village and an absolute must if you’re in NY.

105 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014 

The Dutch

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Great traditional American fare with a modern twist, these guys are cooking the things that make them happy. We love the oysters and the overall Soho vibe.

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Bubby’s

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With a promise to defend the American table, Bubby’s delivers some of the best breakfasts in town. Great omelettes and cookies – Julia Roberts is a fan!

120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Pastis

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Great noisy casual vibe in the middle of the Meatpacking District – Pastis is the ultimate NY-style French Bistro and Sex and The City was filmed there quite a bit!

9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Modelfit

DO

Classes to sculpt and tone your body from head to toe focusing on lean muscle and a strong core, developed by “Model Whisperer” and Victoria’s Secret trainer Justin Gelband.

212 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Blue Hill

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Seasonal and regional organic restaurant with an innovative menu, this was where Obama went the night he was first sworn in.

75 Washington Pl, New York, NY 10011

ABC Kitchen

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A NY favourite, ABC Kitchen delivers an interesting fresh organic menu with great cocktails and heaps of fun. Don’t forget to also check out their buzz-worthy latin little brother ABC Cocina next door!

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Soul Cycle

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Soul Cycle is a true NY experience: trainers act like shrinks yelling positive affirmations, the mental music keeps you pumping and takes your mind elsewhere – all whilst burning those extra holdiday cals.

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The Crown Rooftop Bar

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Located in buzzing Chinatown, and with insane views of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and a fantastic cocktail menu, this one of the best rooftop bars in the city.

50 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10013, USA

The Little Owl

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A real local’s hangout that is hard to get in, The Little Owl offers bold Mediterranean flavours and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere. Our recommendation? You can’t go past their pork chops.

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Cafe Cluny

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Cafe Cluny is a NY secret that never fails to impress. Go for their perfect eggs and pastries for breakfast or  their mouth-watering signature burger come lunchtime.

284 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Gemma

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Heart-warming Italian with a fair bit of panache, expect fried zucchini flowers oozing with melted ricotta, branzino cooked to perfection, wood-fired pizza and a specialty naughty nutella-filled calzone.

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Bond St

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In Nicky’s own words, the number one Japanese in town. The dish to cause such commotion? The “not-to-miss, ultimate, number one, absolutely amazing, best tuna tartare ever”. ‘Nuff said.

6 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
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Via Carota

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Via Carota is a rustic and welcoming Italian favourite. The ‘svizzerina’ or chopped NY strip steak is everything.

51 Grove St, New York

Please Don’t Tell (PDT)

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Walk a set of stairs into the Crif Dogs restaurant, look for a photo booth, pick up the phone and press the buzzer. With delicious cocktails and grown-up dude food delivered via a hidden wall, you will feel like a VIP all the time.

13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Electric Room

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Lurking at the lower level of Dream Downtown and decked out in a Cool Britannia vibe, Electric Room is where the young & beautiful flock to party. Great live acts and music selection, from ’80s synth to Radiohead and The White Stripes.

355 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011

Bar Sardine

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Crazy about food as they are for drinks and with a casual, just drop-in sensibility, their menu including a hearty and healthy mix. Think Gruyère grilled cheese or light seafood salad.

183 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014
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The Flower Shop

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A very cool little bar on the fringes of Chinatown, The Flower Shop is a retro-inspired ‘70s style space that’s perfect for quiet pre-dinner drinks.

107 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
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Chinese Tuxedo

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The former head chef from Sydney’s Mrs G’s is dishing up delicious contemporary Chinese in a space that was once home to the Chinatown Opera House.

5 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

The Frick Collection

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Nicky’s favourite cultural spot in town, The Frick Collection is an internationally recognised museum known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021
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Buvette

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Part restaurant, part bar, part café, Buvette is a favourite for an early morning bite to eat.

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
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Employees Only

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A prohibition-style bar in the West Village with an ‘80s soundtrack and a seriously inventive drinks menu.

510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Pearl & Ash

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An impressive 18-page wine list, the hanger-steak tartare, the boozy ice-cream sandwich and the Metallica t-shirt-sporting sommelier are only a few of the things progressive wine bar Pearl & Ash has got going on for it.

220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Tacombi

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Born on the beaches of Yucatan on the back of a converted VW bus, Tacombi offers homestyle Mexican food. Simple, honest, authentic food in a great space and with a great vibe.

267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

The High Line

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One of the best attractions New York has to offer, the High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line.

New York, NY 10011

The Met

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in NY and one of the ten largest in the world. We love it particularly for their Costume Institute fashion exhibitions, works of art in their own right.

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
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Le Coucou

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A grand throw-back to the days of hatue cuisine, Le Coucou is dishing up classic French fare in a stunning space below the 11 Howard hotel. Order the foie gras.

138 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Smile to Go

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With a name sure to yes, put a smile on your face, STG offers simple, earnest, wholesome food, and delicious coffee strong enough to awaken the dead and egg rolls that are pretty close to heavenly.

222 Howard St, Manhattan, NY 10013

Ruby’s

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Feeling homesick? Ruby’s is owned by a Sydney dude and in one of the hippest streets in town. Visit for an awesome coffee, Vegemite and flat whites, and for the best avo on toast known to mankind.

219 Mulberry St, New York, NY, United States
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Lure Fishbar

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Offering the freshest sushi, oysters, burgers and soups, as well as killer lobster rolls and shrimp Cobb salad, this ship-shaped Soho pit stop is an underground hangout crewed mostly by supermodels.

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

The Line: The Apartment

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The Line represents a considered approach to the quintessential luxury in life. Objects of fashion, home, beauty and art are displayed in The Apartment for a carefully curated, intimate shopping experience.

76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10012

Lovely Day

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A breakfast and brunch spot with a lovely reputation, we love this cosy diner-style nook for its eclectic, Asian-inspired menu, offering amazing salads and hearty, fuss-free fare in a great Noho location.

196 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
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The Smile

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A cool basement location and charming cafe menu in the East Village offer a cosy reprieve from the hustle outside. One of our favourites for breakfast.

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
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The Jane Hotel

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More night club than sleepy hotel bar, The Jane is a favourite for the undeniably New York party atmosphere. Expect dancing on couches.

113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014
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Jack’s Wife Frieda

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With locations in Soho and the West Village, Jack’s Wife Freda is a lively all-day NYC bistro executing comfort food and classic cocktails in understated digs.

224 Lafayette St, NY
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Dimes

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Healthy, Californian inspired fare on the Lower East Side, Dimes is a favourite for fresh eats when all the eating and drinking is starting to take its toll. A goodie for brunch.

 49 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
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Comedy Cellar

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A completely famous New York comedy club that is completely worth a visit! New York’s most famous comedians have taken the stage here. Come for the stand up, and to see even the most jaded New Yorker crack up.

117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
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Sleep No More: The McKittrick Hotel

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An award-winning production, Sleep No More is the unique retelling of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy through a film-noir lens.

530 West 27th Street, New York City
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The Whitney Museum

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One of the best galleries in NYC, no trip is complete without getting your culture vulture on at The Whitney Museum of American Art.

99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

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