08:00 - A breakfast of super chefs
Woken up bleary eyed? The lovely dining room at Café Cluny will lift your spirits after your long flight. Over in West Village, it serves a brunch menu with everything from oatmeal to a towering Breakfast Club Sandwich. Fill up ready for a big day – you're just a short hop from New York's hippest museum: The Whitney.
10:00 - Get arty
The Whitney Museum of American Art sits in trendy Renzo Piano-designed digs just round the corner. The expansive galleries display more than 2,000 painters, sculptors, architects, film makers and performance artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. You'll discover some new artists to love, but the galleries also house their fair share of Mark Rothkos and Georgia O'Keeffes. Look out for Circus by Alexander Calder, a delicate sculpture that includes a pom-pom lion. The Whitney's major exhibitions are always popular, so remember to reserve tickets in advance.
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
The High Line descends to street-level at 34th Street - and you can walk from here to Hudson Yards to catch the 7 train. Ride it all the way to Hunters Point Avenue in Queens and you'll be in the heart of New York's new hipster district: Long Island City. You’ll need to make a reservation beforehand at Casa Enrique, but it’s worth it. It serves Michelin-starred Mexican food, from enchiladas to mole that's so bold that it, to quote the guide itself, 'thrills palates' and 'tempts wanton thoughts': get booking.
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 wander through 100 rooms, coming upon intricate scenes and interacting with the mysterious cast. Not for the faint-hearted.