Discover New York: Midtown

In City Escapes, Holiday Reviews - The Americas, Holiday Reviews - United States of America by The H4C Team

Going on a New York romantic getaway or honeymoon with your sweetheart? Our guide to one of New York City’s most fashionable and busy areas, Midtown, will help make your romantic adventure a breeze.

Times Square, New York
Image: Spreng Ben via Flickr

Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, Carnegie HallEmpire State BuildingCity LibraryGrand Central StationRockefeller CentreSt Patricks Cathedral, and the block-long Macy’s department store all live in this area, plus street after street of fashion shops and boutiques. This is the centre of the city with the tallest skyscrapers and busiest streets, where the noise of people, sirens and horns never stops. Running north to south from approximately 59th to 31st Street, this area is what most visitors define as the ‘Big Apple’.

Top of the Rock, New York
Image: © NYC & Company/Marley White

Best suits the couple…

… who love the beating pulse of a party city on steroids; want to wander from bar to bar soaking up the incredible atmosphere of the city that never sleeps; can’t get enough of the extravagant, flashing neon lights and the clashing cacophony of Times Square; want to immerse themselves in the theatre district – the bright lights and smell of greasepaint on and off Broadway at night and by day want to ‘shop til they drop’.

Grand Central Terminal, New York
Image: Kamran Aslam via Flickr

Don’t miss…

… lunch or dinner at Novotel Times Square at 226 W52nd Street, because this hotel has THE best view of the mayhem playing out below on the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection. There’s so many to choose from so don’t miss seeing a play or musical on or off Broadway. Visit the newly renovated and simply glorious Grand Central Terminal on E42nd Street, the biggest railway terminal in the world and an absolute eye-popper with its Beaux-Arts architecture and sweeping staircases, twinkling ceiling, polished marble and glittering chandeliers – it’s simply amazing. For a treat, pop into the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar for lunch and just watch the crowds swirl around. Enjoy a vodka martini (shaken, not stirred) at the Russian Tea Room at 150 W57th Street, just to take a look inside this Manhattan icon founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet 80 years ago. Pop up to the rooftop Ava bar at the Dream Hotel, 210 W55th Street for the best panoramic views and a cocktail and then enjoy the humour at famous Carolines Comedy Club at 1626 Broadway where Jerry Seinfeld started his career.

The Peninsula Hotel, New York
Image: The Peninsula Hotels


Splurge: When we think Peninsula Hotels we think all encompassing luxury, ultimate comfort and stylish design, and that’s just what the Peninsula NYC, located at 700 Fifth Ave and W55th Street, offers its guests. 

Best value: The Benjamin is a boutique, luxury hotel housed in a 1927 landmark building on the corner of Lexington and W50th Street offering amazing space in charming surroundings at affordable rates. The National Bar and Dining Rooms, run by Geoffrey Zakarian, one of America’s best known chefs is located on the ground floor and is a great night out. One of the city’s best value hotels. 

Getting there…

Delta Air Lines operates daily nonstop service between Sydney and Los Angeles with convenient connections to New York all booked on one ticket. Choose BusinessElite® for the best experience with 180-degree full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access from every seat and a 15.4 inch screen with state-of-the-art entertainment system with an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.

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