The Big Apple on a Big Budget

21 February 2018

While we can recommend how to handle New York on a budget, we’ve also got some tips on how to live the high life while you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world. Even if you aren’t a “high-roller”, NYC is the kind of place you want to save every penny for in order to experience at its best and walk away knowing you have tried the best of the best.

Michelin-Starred Madness
So many incredible places to eat… so little time. Unless of course you can fit in all 77 Michelin-Starred restaurants in New York City, make sure you at least fit the six that have earned three stars into your itinerary:

  • Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare
  • Eleven Madison Park
  • Jean-Georges
  • Le Bernardin
  • Masa
  • Per Se

The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare has retained its three-star rating for yet another year and boast an exceptional fine-dining experience. Eleven Madison Park offers upscale American tasting menus, which is surely an ideal place for any USA first-timer to try out. Jean Georges belongs to famed chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is known in culinary circles as a “forward thinker and history-maker” when it comes to the delights he serves up. Jean Georges offers a sophisticated New French menu to enjoy in the heart of NYC. Seafood fanatics won’t be able to get enough of Le Bernardin, while Masa will not only satisfy the cravings of any sushi-lover, but it will also set a new bar for sushi (beware: you might not ever be able to enjoy it anywhere else after this incredible experience). Last in the list is Per Se, Thomas Keller's restaurant in the Time Warner Center which has topped countless “Best Places to eat in NYC” lists. It features a stunning view of Central Park and a fixed-price American menu.

High-street Shopping
Whether it’s because you’ve watched one-too-many movies or a certain show led by Sarah Jessica Parker, few cities in the world are as esteemed as NYC when it comes to dream shopping destinations. We’ve tracked down these boutique stores so you can drop the Targets and Macys of the world and trade-up for some goodies your friends back home will be jealous of (and definitely won’t have).

  • Jeffrey New York
  • Concrete + Water
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • BDDW
  • Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Jeffrey New York is home to high-end, Chanel-branded goods, while Concrete + Water plays up to the more casual-chic style and offers effortlessly cool boutique fashion. Saks Fifth Avenue is iconic and a must for any shopaholic. BDDW is a rustic-chic home-store which offers authentic American designs all practically made and lovingly crafted by-hand. Maryam Nassir Zadeh belongs to a designer of the same name, whose store stocks only the best in up-and-coming designers along with an eclectic mix of clothes and souvenirs to take home with you.

Exciting Excursions
You’ve eaten at the right places and shopped to look the part, so where to next? An exciting adventure is what should be on your to-do list, and here are our top five recommendations:

  • Broadway
  • The Bateaux New York
  • Take Me Out’s “New York Night Out” Tour
  • See NYC by Helicopter
  • New York Media Boat Tours

If you go to NYC without watching a live show on Broadway… did you really even go to NYC? New York features not only the greatest shows and performances in the world, but the best broadway talent, too. With some shows even starring Hollywood heavyweights (don’t be surprised if you see an Oscar winner on stage). 2018 productions include classics such as WickedThe Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and The Lion King, along with new shows such as Dear Evan Hansen and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The Bateaux New York offers a tour like no other, giving guests the opportunity to dress up in their finest attire and board a luxury vessel which provides breathtaking views of the city that never sleeps. Three hours long, the cruise features soothing jazz, gourmet food and views of the most famous NYC landmarks. Take Me Out’s “New York Night Out” Tour is for anyone looking for the type of night out you only see in movies: no queues, a limousine to take you from club to club and VIP access to the most exclusive spots in the city. If you want to experience the city from above, nothing will come close to a helicopter tour, which will also provide breathtaking views and once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Last but not least, New York Media Boat Tours are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a little more excitement from your tours. Cruise the harbour in an inflatable boat that is designed and approved by none other than the US Navy and spend an hour and a half exploring the bay or opt for the three hour photography tour which takes you to ship graveyards, industrial canals and bridges.

There you have it, these are our top recommendations on how to have the most luxurious time in New York City! Fortunately there are other activities and pastimes that are far-less costly (if you know where to go). No matter your budget, get in touch with one of our Travel Experts today and organise your dream trip to the concrete jungle. If you are ready to browse some New York deals, here you go.