Today we’re launching a fantastic new competition which could see you and a friend jetting off to New York City for a luxury weekend courtesy of Remus Uomo. Staying in a luxury hotel on a date of your choosing, this incredible prize includes flights, accommodation and transfers to and from your hotel.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is purchase any Remus Uomo product in store, online or in selected stockists. Just look for the “Win A Trip to New York” hanger tags or displays in your local stockist and fill in an entry form when you have completed your purchase.
New York is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cities on the planet and while you’ll recognise many of its most famous sites from TV and movies, the sheer choice of what to do can be as overwhelming as the hustle and bustle on the city streets. Getting the most out of a metropolis like New York can be difficult: its sprawling size, towering scale and dizzying depth of cultural significance is nigh-impossible to take in at first. Allow us, then, to provide an initial insider’s guide to a city that, in so many ways, needs no introduction.
What to See
Empire State? Check. Times Square? Oh yes. Statue of Liberty? You betcha. Let’s be honest though: once you’ve done your tourist day, you’ll want to stray a little from the beaten track during your stay in New York.
Although it too is relatively well-known, the High Line is a fantastic place to start for those seeking the “real” New York City. Snaking between the blocks of Manhattan’s Lower West Side, this disused overhead railway line offers a view into lesser-seen aspects of this place: local markets, industrial units, residential buildings and community gardens. It’s a slow-paced rooftop sightseeing excursion worthy of any romantic time, or a chance to get some space and reflect.
For a free alternative to the countless pricey sightseeing trips around town, it’s also worth taking a trip on the free commuter ferry that runs from the southernmost tip of Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. Offering spectacular views of the financial district’s skyscrapers, it is best experienced at night, as those monoliths of glass, steel and light rise above the fog of New York Harbour.
Where to Shop
Searching for NYC’s finest independent retailers? Waste no time in heading across the Brooklyn Bridge. For audiophiles, we can recommend nowhere more than Captured Tracks, the physical outpost of the revered indie label that peddles the choicest underground releases. While you’re in the area, make sure you swing by The Break, a superb vintage clothes shop with a superbly-curated collection and exceedingly friendly staff.
Where to Eat
If you’re spending the day around Brooklyn’s creative districts, you’ll be spoilt for culinary choice. Believe us, though: you needn’t splash the cash around here. As impressive as the many new high-end eateries in the area may be, small independent joints like La Lupe Cantina near Myrtle Avenue Station provide top-quality New York Mexican food at a highly competitive price.
Something you learn in NY is that everybody claims to have the best slice of pizza - and you know what, they’re not lying. You really can’t visit without tracking down the perfect pie for you though, and for us it’s Roberta’s on Moore Street that has a great, laid back atmosphere to match its no nonsense menu.
For the more expensive (and carnivorous) palate, we recommend Keens Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan. Elegant yet unpretentious, the meaty fayre here is the envy of the city. Be warned, though: reservations are essential.
Where to Party
When the sun goes down, keep your eyes peeled for the numerous rooftop cocktail bars that have sprung up high into the city’s architecture. Most of these spots are free to enter and offer unparalleled evening views of the city, but we can recommend 60 Thompson Street and the Standard Hotel.
Also don’t forget the legendary Dead Rabbit, frequently named as one of the world’s best bars, this modern take on the Irish pub was created by Belfast natives Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry and has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon. Our recommendation from the current cocktail menu? Try the Dawn Patrol, a perfect mix of sweet, spicy, sour and sharp.
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