A city guide to New York

Insider’s guide to New York City, ranked #3 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.

Insider’s tips

Rebecca O’Donnell
Senior vice president, Brand Design, Victoria’s Secret Beauty


In Manhattan: Spotted Pig; Locanda Verde; Il Buco; and Ramen Lab, which is extremely small with only 10–12 bar seats and a pop-up chef.

In Brooklyn: If the weather is good, ask to sit in the courtyard at Frankies 457 and order the meatballs and fresh gnocci; Buttermilk Channel; Prime Meats; Marlow & Sons; Rye; Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick for pizza so good it will change your life; Lulu & Po, an amazing tiny hidden gem; and Moo burger is great for kids.

For breakfast

Try Egg Shop; Balthazar Bakery is a small take-away, which has amazing pastries and coffee on the go; Diner in Williamsburg; and Smooch in Fort Greene, owned by an Aussie with great avocado or Vegemite toast plus coffee.


The NoMad Hotel bars; JIMMY at the James Hotel; Ear Inn in SoHo; Oyster Bar at the midtown Ace Hotel; Mister H; the Brooklyn Public House in Fort Greene; the top-floor bar in the Wythe Hotel has amazing views from Brooklyn back over to NYC; Gallow Green; and the Bookmarks Lounge rooftop bar at The Library Hotel.

Be happy

Go people-watching in Central Park; jog across the Brooklyn Bridge; Citi Bike the West Side Highway; stroll the Fort Greene Saturday morning farmer’s market; visit the Chelsea Flower Markets in midtown; ride Jane’s Carousel, enclosed in a Jean Nouvel glass box in Dumbo; Chelsea gallery district – Gagosian Gallery is my favourite; and I think Coney Island is also well worth it – I love the craziness and Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.


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