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Holidays in New York

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You’ve seen the films, you’ve heard the songs – now it’s time to experience it for yourself. Book a holiday to New York. It only takes a second for NYC to sweep you off your feet: a New York minute, indeed.

In a city where you can be anything you want, be an adventurer. Follow in the footprints of Broadway stars, seek out your ancestors on Ellis Island – then swan around 5th Avenue like you own the place. We’ll help you plan a New York city break to remember. Book your flights and hotels together with us and you’ll save money. Check out our package holidays for more.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find plenty of things to do. Make the most of that awesome skyline from the top of the Empire State Building, or at sunset from the Staten Island ferry. Rub shoulder-pads with fashionistas around MoMA or blend in with Brooklyn hipsters over the bridge. Explore our New York guides to get a taste of what’s to come.

Holidays in New York are full of possibilities. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden restaurant, or, this fall, a newfound love for everything pumpkin-flavoured. Anything could happen here. Let it.

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New York holidays for every traveller

A great holiday starts with a great place to stay. Browse our selection of New York hotels – there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for your NYC city break. The Sheraton New York is in a great location for Broadway, Times Square and Central Park. It’s slick, large and well-equipped to boot. Fans of old-school glam should look no further than The Plaza, which towers over Central Park and Fifth Avenue. The Grand Hyatt New York is right next to Grand Central Station and extremely well-placed for getting about the city. Its stylish lobby and modern feel appeals to city-slickers and New York first-timers alike.

3 star NYC holidays

Despite its reputation, there are inexpensive places to stay in New York – even in central Manhattan. You can stay in the city centre on a shoestring without cramping your style. The Roosevelt has over 1,000 good-value rooms, and it’s right by the Rockefeller. The modern stylings of Row NYC give it an urban edge, and it’s lively and fun.

4 star NYC holidays

Get the keys to one of these four-star boltholes and unlock state-of-the-art facilities and skyline views. The Riu Plaza New York Times Square is slick, modern and right in the heart of Broadway. When it comes to premium hotels, we only bring you the best.

5 star NYC holidays

Live like a Park Avenue princess on a luxury New York holiday. Cream always rises to the top, and these high-rise hotels – with their elegant penthouses and skyline views – are no exception. Lotte New York Palace has a glittering Gold Room Bar and is a setting fit for fictional high society: TV series Gossip Girl was frequently filmed here – and so was Homeland.

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How to see New York on a budget

New York, and especially Manhattan, is an expensive place. It has a right to be – it’s one of the greatest cities on earth. There’s world-class food and amazing hotels, but it’s also perfectly possible to explore the city on a budget. Our handy planner tells you how much money you need to cover your hotel, food, activities and more.

Up to $150 per day

Where to stay

Rest your head at the Aloft New York Brooklyn to explore the hip streets of Brooklyn, but still have easy access to all the major subway lines to see Manhattan’s sights.

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What to eat

Dining out needn’t cost you an arm and a leg as you can find good cheap eats all over the city, from amazing street food such as dollar pizza slices, to roaming food trucks. Check out our guide for the best places to eat for under $25.

Places to eat for under $25

Things to do

A walk over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge will show you the New York City skyline in all its glory. Whilst you’re around Lower Manhattan you could also go and catch the Staten Island Ferry. This free ferry gives you more excellent views – you’ll pass by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on your way.

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$150-$300 per day

Where to stay

Set in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown, the brand-new InterContinental New York Barclay is within walking distance from Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center.

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What to eat

In the tree-lined avenues of the West Village, there are plenty of small, hip restaurants serving world cuisine. You can eat around the world within a single block. Kish-Kash is an informal cous-cous bar by one of the city’s leading Middle-Eastern chefs. Decoy serves inspired Chinese dumplings, and The Little Owl is a city-wide favourite for Mediterranean delights.

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Things to do

Pre-book tickets online to skip the queues for the Top of the Rock observation deck and the best views of the city. Back on ground level, wander to the Museum of Modern Art to enjoy the city’s largest artwork collection for only $25.

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$300+ a day

Where to stay

Wake up well rested and stay at The New York EDITION, which is right by Madison Square Park. This hotel is set in the famous clocktower building, which has stood in New York’s skyline since 1909. You’ll find classy bars and restaurants across its many floors.

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What to eat

The latest trendy restaurants come and go, but Keens Steakhouse has been an institution in central New York since 1885. Just ten minutes from Times Square, prime beef is on the menu – but so is its special mutton chop. Sticking to iconic destinations, the historical Grand Central Terminal has an underground seafood restaurant: the Grand Central Oyster Bar. But don’t stay underground: check out New York’s rooftop bars afterwards.

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Things to do

You can buy tickets online for New York’s dazzling array of Broadway Shows. But if you haven’t bought in advance, don’t dismay: you can also get discounted tickets on the day from the TKT Booth on Times Square. Old favourites, long-anticipated revivals and bold new dramas are on offer all year around. You can bag seats for under $50… But some popular shows sell for hundreds of dollars.

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Make the most of your New York holiday

With so much to see and do in New York, it can be tricky to know where to start, but don’t fret – our essential guide to holidays in New York will have you looking like a local in no time.

Where are the best places to stay in New York?

New York’s sights are spread around the city and there’s no one hub – though Manhattan Island is the key tourist area, and first-timers will want to stay here. Wherever you choose, stay in a hotel near a subway station and you’ll be able to reach many of the city’s attractions.

Times Square, Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side are popular areas of the city for travellers. Staying in Times Square means you can say you were in the centre of it all – and it’s well connected, too. Many first-time visitors start here, though it’s very busy. Midtown Manhattan is the district around Times Square. It’s equidistant from many sights and has lots of great restaurants. And if you’re hankering for a luxury hotel with all the trimmings: bells, whistles and bellhops, then the Upper East Side is your best bet. Swanky and often expensive, it’s set near Central Park, the Met and Guggenheim, so visitors consider it prime real estate.

If you’ve visited New York before, then why not try somewhere different? If you want to hang with the fashion crowd, choose a pad near Chelsea and the Meatpacking District on the east side of Manhattan Island. Consider them the equivalent of London’s Shoreditch: though Chelsea has the High Line, Manhattan’s most original, and newest, park.

The Lower East Side puts you near Brooklyn Bridge and the Tenement Museum. Just over the bridge is Williamsburg. Set in Brooklyn, this up-and-coming area is great if you want to drink craft beer with the locals.

Wherever you go in New York, there’s a hotel for every traveller.

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Top five things to see in New York

Whatever type of New York city break you’re after, you can be sure that the Big Apple won’t be short on things to see and do. Here are our top five suggestions:

Our top tip? Book tickets in advance wherever possible – it’ll save you having to queue, leaving you more time to explore this exciting city.

Best places to eat in New York

The ultimate melting pot of cultures and cuisine, New York is a foodie’s paradise – so make sure you pack your appetite. Here are some of our ideas from our in-the-know locals:

What to see on a New York city break

Yes, you can do New York over a long weekend. Get swept up on a minibreak – shopping, exploring and eating your way through NYC block by block.  If it’s your first visit, check out our classic itinerary. If you fancy a quirkier route, read our curious weekend guide. Use our NYC top ten to tick off the key sights. We fly up to 15 times a day to New York from London airports, making it easy to plan your short break. Plus, book your experiences with us before you go, and avoid spending your precious time queueing.

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Multi-city holidays

New York City is brilliantly connected – turn your New York trip into a multi-city holiday by flying or driving on to other US cities. Boston is four hours drive north, Philly two hours south. You could swap the cultural capital for the political one, and fly to Washington DC, or have a hedonistic trip south and visit Las Vegas or San Francisco. Then fly home from your new destination. It’s easy with our multi-centre trip planner.

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