How to New York like a local

Tilly Macalister-Smith

Where to drink

Hop across the Brooklyn Bridge to trendy Fort Greene and pull up a bar stool at Roman’s, where bearded millennials sip organic orange wine and beautiful girls nibble on fava bean hummus.

The wine list is superior, the food excellent and the scenery well worth the cab ride.


Roman's NYC

Where to day trip

Interior designer Patrick Mele has the elegant knack of making a house a home. Now he’s transported his eclectic and inspiring New York vision to Greenwich, Connecticut. Jump on a train and travel an hour north up the coast to his ever-changing ‘salon’, which is full of mirrors, lamps, chairs, cushions, tapestries, vases, Wayne Pate artwork and jewellery.


What to see

Skip the overcrowded uptown majors and head to the Lower East Side outpost of Galerie Perrotin. You’ll get kudos for dodging the tourists and will be brushing shoulders with the collectors of the future.

Look out for the upcoming Artie Vierkant show; colourful, modern installation-painting hybrids to tantalise the senses.


Where to shop

So you know your Eckhaus Latta from your Ellery? Prepare to do some serious damage to your holiday budget at Totokaelo. This cutting-edge fashion store began life in über-cool Seattle and has recently moved into its new home in SoHo.

Here you’ll discover the best new labels alongside the catwalk pieces of the moment. Plus, they have a really nice homeware section with chic, suitcase-friendly gold teaspoons and candleholders.


Where to stay

Four-hundred-and-fifty yards from the Empire State (and double that to Macy’s), The Redbury is the NoMad district’s coolest place to rest your head. If the MoMA is high on your agenda, the contemporary Parisian stylings of The Baccarat are just a short stroll down the road.

Moxy offers both comfort and elegance on the corner of Times Square, while Ian Schrager’s Public was last year’s most hyped opening and is now a Lower East Side institution.

Where to eat

You’ll need to book in advance for a seat at King since a slew of glowing reviews has made this cosy West Village neighbourhood restaurant the most sought after table in town.

Masterminded by two Brit chefs — Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer, alumni of River Cafe — and American Annie Shi, who met the girls while working at London’s Clove Club, this ode to Tuscany and Provence opened in 2016. The chargrilled rosemary Lombatello steak will be one of your lasting holiday memories.

Food rules: the exterior of King; one of its dishes, right