Going on a New York romantic getaway or honeymoon with your sweetheart? Our guide to the trendiest areas in New York – from the East Village to Tribeca – will help make your romantic adventure a breeze.
Trendy Tribeca’s rise to glamour status began when Robert De Niro opened Nobu Restaurant, and then started the popular annual event, the TriBeCa Film Festival, which has done so much to change this area from a down-at-heel district into one of NY’s hottest destinations. These historic areas of lower Manhattan offer visitors a variety of eclectic and quaint neighbourhoods that seem little changed over the decades with their iconic cast-iron buildings and fire escapes such an architectural feature of the area.
The East Village and Soho are home to many fine galleries, prime shopping gallerias and popular restaurants. Residents of the Lower East side could be termed ‘indie’ in thought and fashion and the area is grittier than surrounding neighbourhoods with one-off boutiques and vintage shops, hot clubs that go all night and hidden-away bars that attract a music loving, younger clientele.
Best suits the couple…
… who loves to groove away at trendy night spots – some of Manhattan’s best are found here! There are oodles of hot, hot, hot clubs where you can dance all night. Because these areas encompass such a diverse range of communities and cultures from Chinese to Italian, Jewish to Indian, Russian to Romanian, couples who enjoy delving into the city’s history will also love staying here poking through the old churches, synagogues and temples and walking the cobblestoned streets to see what they can discover from the past.
… sweating your butt off, having salt rubbed all over your skin and getting whipped with bunches of leaves before undergoing a heavy-handed massage at the Wall Street Bath & Spa – a Russian bathhouse at 88 Fulton Street that’s been around forever. Or try the newer Aire Ancient Baths on Franklin Street Tribeca where an historic 1883 textile factory has been transformed into a Roman-style bathhouse.
Make a reservation at The Odeon, a hip restaurant that opened its doors 30 years ago at 145 West Broadway, Tribeca. It’s a classic NY restaurant serving up an all-American menu and martinis mixed to perfection. Newish to the Lower East Side bar scene is the Experimental Cocktail Club at 191 Chrystie Street; decorated with an OTT Gatsby fitout, it’s a stylish addition to its London and Paris alter egos and with a tight 14-drink cocktail menu and easy going atmosphere, it’s a great place to kick back and enjoy a pre or post-dinner cocktail.
Make sure you do at least one of Levys’ Unique New York Walking Tours (Ethnic NY or Gangs of NY) to get a real understanding of these first-immigrant neighbourhoods. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s not that hard and is a truly rewarding experience and a fab opportunity to get some great photos. Catch the free Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Street Pier for a 25 minute voyage from Manhattan to Staten Island offering fantastic views of Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. There are plenty of things to do on the island too, so plan on spending at least a half day or more here.
Splurge: The Ritz-Carlton at 2 West Street Battery Park overlooks the New York Harbour and its famous lady – possibly the best view in the city.
Best value: The Greenwich Hotel at 377 Greenwich Street Tribeca is not the cheapest but is real value if you’re looking for a charming hotel located in a great neighbourhood. There’s a pool and a gym, a spa, an intimate drawing room and fantastic courtyard – simply perfect for couples looking for a romantic NY stay.
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