Business trips are, of course, necessary, useful and profitable, but annoyingly short and busy. Usually you don’t have the time to explore the hidden streets of the city, actually, you don’t have time, once you get there, to even make a plan for your spare time. If you have any.
So, if New York is on your business travels agenda, I’ve prepared a list with a few places that will make your stay there more pleasant and won’t give you any hassle. But let’s start with the beginning: grab a cab from the airport to Manhattan – there is a flat fee, 52$ plus bridge taxes – , the place which is synonymous to business.
Where to stay
Pick a comfortable and conveniently places hotel. Hyatt Times Square is a good choice. It’s located five minutes away from, obviously, Times Square, it’s new and modern, has a gym and spa for its clients and, very important, free wifi. You’ll find it hard to believe, but free wifi is quite rare in the Big Apple.
Address: 135 West 45th Street. Phone: 00 1 646-364-1234
If you’re in finance and need to be close to Wall Street, the Gild Hall boutique hotel offers you a luxurious experience in a retro atmosphere.
Address: 15 Gold Street. Phone: 00 212-232-7700
Where to eat
It’s highly probably that your business partner in New York will handle the lunch reservation. He is the host, after all. But if you find yourself in a situation where you need to choose, it’s good to know some fine restaurants.
For a top experience, you can try Eleven Madison Park, one of the most appreciated restaurants in the world, where chef Daniel Humm constantly reinvents his the European inspired menu.
Address: Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Avenue. Phone: 00 1 212-889-0905
Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn, to Peter Luger Steak House, a restaurant founded in 1887 and considered, for decades now, the best steakhouse in town. Just a heads up: the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards. You can only pay by cash or by debit cards.
Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn. Phone: 00 1 718-387-7400
Where to drink
For a relaxed evening out, go for one of the many fun bars in Manhattan. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is not only a couple of blocks away from the financial district, but also makes the best cocktails in the world. The World’s Best Bar 2015 award for sure didn’t come for nothing.
Address: 30 Water Street. Phone: 00 1 646-422-7906
In the morning, have a great coffee, in the West Village, at Third Rail Coffee. They only have six tables, and no, no wifi, but they make the best espresso in Manhattan.
Address: 240 Sullivan Street. Phone: 00 1 646-580-1240
Where to shop
In case you need another suit or new shirts, you can just drop by at Seize sur Vingt. They must be doing a good job since they dress some of the top studio big shots in Hollywood.
Address: 68 Greene Street. Phone: 00 1 212-625-1620
In SoHo, the renowned The Frye Company makes some of the world’s great and resistant leather shoes. Skip the cowboy boots and go for the classic Oxford or Brogue shoes.
Address: 113 Spring Street. Phone: 00 212-226-3793