New York as I mentioned before is one of my favourit places in the world. It is particularly beautiful at this time of year with the streets lined with cherry blossom and flowering magnolia trees.
On this trip we explored down town Manhattan instead of crossing the bridges into Brooklyn. The Fat Radish is well worth a trip down to the Lower East Side, with its market vegetables and clean white decor. After lunch you could walk up through the Nolita district and book a table for dinner at Public. This is a flavour filled, not so cheap, busteling New York type of place.
Miss Lily's on Houston and Sullivan has some of the tastiest food I have eaten in a long time. I want the recipe for their amazing corn. It has it own radio station attached and it really livens up at night with its dinning room covered in old vinyl covers and filled with bright formica tables.
If you want to watch the most glorious sunset make your way past the sleek reception in the Standard hotel in the Meat Packing district and take the lift to the 18th floor. The screens on either wall will guide you from Hade's hell up to heaven and when the doors open you will not be disappointed. The BoomBoom room at the top makes you feel like you have wandered onto a Great Gatsby filmset but with the whole of Manhattan laid out at your feet....Please take time to go to the bathroom while you are there.
Cafe Minerva on 302 West 4th Street is a relaxed place to while away the hours and to drink nice wine at good prices for New York. Or head to the Waverley Inn to people watch and if the weather has turned to its more typical for this time of year you can sit by the fire in their bar.
The Spotted Pig also in the west village has great bar food and cocktail it gets packed to expect long waits but it is fun.