I Heart NYC

September 14, 2011 by Flight Centre UK

 

Flight Centre customer Nadine Stewart has just returned from her fifth visit to New York. Her appetite for the Big Apple is insatiable and so she is hoping for a Flash Sale to NYC to come up and take her back for her sixth visit later this year! Nadine often travels to New York alone and in this post she shares her favourite places to explore on a solo NYC trip…

I adore New York City. Some might even say I’m obsessed and, to be honest, I’d agree with them. It all started with my very first trip to the Big Apple at the age of 11 and over the years, I’ve fallen deeply in love. My love affair is still alive and kicking and it’s now gotten to the point where, to allow me to get my New York fix with minimum hassle, I’ve started travelling there alone.

Solo travel

Solo travel isn’t for everyone. It definitely helps if you’re a ‘people person’ and aren’t afraid to speak to strangers. It helps if you’re comfortable with your own company and it most definitely helps if you’re confident enough to navigate yourself around in unfamiliar surroundings.

Personally, I love it. I love the empowering feeling of accomplishment. Also, I love the freedom of being able to plan my days and deciding where I want to go, what I want to see and how long I want to be there for – with no discussion or compromise. In other words, I love getting to be totally selfish!

I get to eat where I want…

Me about to get stuck into Café Habana corn

I love to eat and in particular, I LOVE to eat when I’m in New York. There are so many places to choose from. A few of my favourite places include:

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn 

Honestly, the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life. Best enjoyed as a reward after a strenuous walk across the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, but be prepared to have to wait in line. The queues to get into Grimaldi’s are CRAZY (but the pizza is totally worth it).

Virage in the East Village 

A couple of summers ago whilst taking a memorable solo walk around the city, I stumbled upon Virage by accident. ‘Brunching’ is such a ‘New York thing to do’ and what better place to do it at then somewhere that has a fixed price menu? For less than $15, you’ll be fed a sumptous midday feast that includes a Mimosa (that’s orange juice and champagne or Buck Fizz to us Brits). An excuse to enjoy champers during the day? Yes please.

Cafe Habana in NoLita 

If Café Habana is good enough for Justin and Mila…?

My ultimate place to eat in New York is Cafe Habana on Prince Street. The food and the cocktails are UH-MAZING. This eatery is known for its lip-smackingly tasty mexican corn and is extremely popular with the young, beautiful and trendy NoLita crowd. In fact, Cafe Habana was recently featured in ‘Friends With Benefits’, the rom-com starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

I get to see what I want…

New York is full of wonderful things to see. Even after five trips, I still feel I’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.  Great ways to see the city include: 

The High Line 

 
 
 

Me checking out the views on The High Line

 

The High Line is an old disused elevated freight railroad that runs above street level through three neighbourhoods on the west side of Manhattan – Midtown West, West Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. The High Line is now a public park with art installations, food carts, plants and it has absolutely amazing views of the city.

Screen Tours 

This year I decided to check out a Brooklyn TV & Movie sets tour. Guided group tours are a way to meet other travellers and fab for seeing parts of the city you wouldn’t normally get to see. See how many sights you recognise from the big screen!

Rooftop Bars 

Me and my NY friends doing the 'rooftop bar thing’

If visiting New York in the summer months, this is a great way to see the city. What’s not to love about drinking and eating while taking in amazing views of the city? Check out Rare Bar & Grill for awesome rooftop vibes, they’re  in Chelsea and on the Upper East Side too.

But still, my insatiable appetite for the Big Apple has in no way been satisfied. The moment there’s a Flight Centre New York Flash Sale – I’m there!

Flight Centre hold regular Flash Sales on flights where tickets are sold for just £1 plus tax. For details of previous flash sales and to be the first to find out about the next check out our Flash Sale page. For great deals on flights to NYC visit our website.