08:00 - A breakfast of super chefs
Superstar American chef Mario Batali’s new spot La Sirena opened at Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel in February 2016. Make the most of your jet lag-induced early rise and enjoy breakfast without the crowds in the stark-white dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Highlights include truffle and eggs on a toasted brioche, and an omelette with crispy Chinese sausage, mozzarella and provolone.
10:00 - Get arty
The Whitney Museum of American Art recently moved downtown and reopened in new Renzo Piano-designed digs in the trendy Meatpacking District. The expansive galleries display more than 2,000 painters, sculptors, architects, film makers and performance artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, celebrating new artists as well as icons such as Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keeffe. Reservations essential for major exhibitions.
13:00 - Live the high life
The Whitney sits at the southern end of the High Line – an urban park that stretches along an old elevated railway track from the Meatpacking District up 22 blocks to Midtown. Take in the views of the Hudson River and the city as you stroll north through the sustainable park where indigenous plants grow around the old tracks – with stops at the gelato stands and bars along the way, naturally.
17:00 - Foodie quest to Queens
At the end of the High Line, you’ll find yourself at the new terminal for the 7 train. Hop on and head out to the Hunters Point Avenue stop in Long Island City, Queens. You’ll need to make a reservation beforehand at Casa Enrique, but it’s worth it. The Michelin-starred Mexican taqueria is a standout in the neighbourhood’s evolving food scene, serving ceviche, brisket tacos, and chile relleno (chillies stuffed with soft white cheese, tomato sauce and rice).
21:00 - Shakespeare in the city
After you’ve had your fill, make your way back to Manhattan for an only-in-New-York experience: Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, an immersive adaptation of Macbeth, is a theatre event held at The McKittrick Hotel. You’ll be given a mask and be allowed to wonder through 100 rooms, coming upon intricate scenes and interacting with the mysterious cast. Not for the faint-hearted.