Live the magic of New York
Here at Love Hospitality we love London and with the whole world on our doorstep, we thought we would try branching out to other places around the globe to bring you the best city guides on where to eat, drink and sleep to give you the best trips possible.
In the American spirit of go hard or go home, the first city guide we wanted to create was New York. A dream destination for holidays, weddings, honeymoons or just about anything you want (who needs an excuse to go to the city that never sleeps?). We spent our time exploring the huge variety of amazing food and drink it has to offer.
Incredible views for miles
Checking into The William Vale hotel in in the centre of Greenpoint, you are right in the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn. Well looked after by the team, run by general manager Sébastien Maingourd, the views from the rooftop bar are incredible and the cocktails were delicious. Try the classic Aperol Spritz for the ultimate refresher while you look at the New York skyline.
Although the hubbub of the city is loud, the height of The William Vale helps, turning what could have been a few sleepless nights into a haven for relaxation. The hotel prides itself on the custom metalwork details in the guest rooms to its own signature style of hospitality.
The Vale Pool, at 60 ft, is also the longest hotel pool in Brooklyn and greater New York City. So with little left to the imagination, The William Vale will cater for your every need whether it be lounging by the pool or just an amazing night’s sleep.
Inside are three distinct culinary concepts, in-room dining, and poolside menus, with award winning chef Andrew Carmellini at the helm. We were fortunate to dine in Leuca which can have a waiting list for tables stretches to 2 months. Needless to say it was incredible, so book now to avoid being disappointed.
Best sandwich we’ve ever tasted!
When it comes to food, New York really is a smorgasbord of choice. Anything you have a hankering for is always a possibility in this city, no matter how obscure it may be.
We started out with a classic coffee and a salt beef sandwich at Mile End Deli’s Brooklyn branch. It’s safe to say the Cosmo’s Creation made with beef salami, egg, tomato, lettuce, cheddar, mayonnaise was the best sandwich we have ever tasted. The location is a winner too. You can pick up a take away then walk towards the Brooklyn bridge before stopping in the parks. While the price tag isn’t cheap, 13 dollars is small price to pay for the sandwich to end all sandwiches. And more of a meal than just a take away, it won’t leave you hungry.
Adelinas, in the heart of Greenpoint, is a local intimate Italian with amazing pizzas and draught wine on offer. With room for only around 30 people, Adelinas is always busy. Their vegetable-focused, authentic, Italian menu makes the restaurant incredibly accessible to vegans and vegetarians, with gluten free options available too. The warm and cosy bar is dotted with wine barrels and artwork by street artists of 1980’s New York. With 10 wines on tap (including orange wine), a full list of bottled natural wines as well as craft beers, Adelina’s is designed for a relaxing evening out where you can enjoy simple, real food.
Next up we tried Fig Leaves oyster bar in Greenpoint, which was full of simple healthy options. A great place for people watching, this quaint café is queued out the door everyday with locals and tourists alike. Get in early for breakfast and try the ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter, banana, blueberries, strawberries or the Moroccan Scramble of merguez sausage, scrambled eggs with spiced chickpeas, crushed avocado & grilled sourdough.
Parisian feel and sophisticated space
Wanting to try a variety of cuisines, we headed to Brooklyn’s Sauvage next. With a cute Parisian feel and fabulous staff, we loved this sophisticated space and its food. Before you start eating, the margaritas are a must and go with just about anything on the menu. Will Elliots’ incredible menu has so much to offer. With an amazing array of food too we would recommend choosing a few of the appetisers to share. The white anchovies with salsa verde are a must, along with the Spanish octopus with calabrese pepper, olive and celery.
A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of Sean Maldoon and Jack Mcgarry’s venues, so we decided to check out the newly crowned best new bar in NYC, Blacktail which has an amazing setting by Battery Park and the ferry to Staten Island. They serve the best frozen daquiri we have ever tasted and offer equally fantastic service and surroundings. The rest of the Pier is incredibly busy but Blacktail had a sense of calm and serenity in what was quite a loud, after work drinks haven. The huge cocktail menu does not dilute the quality and we would have tried them all if we could have. Whether you want a relaxing mid week drink or somewhere to chill at the weekend after a long day of sightseeing, head to Blacktail and we guarantee it will be exactly what you need.
Next level food and drinks
We wanted to finish our trip off in style and that’s exactly what La Bernardin on NY’s Seventh Avenue gives. The amazing 3 Michelin starred seafood restaurant offers exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey for. Katie Broad and her team have ensured that the service is incredible and prices are reasonable for such outstanding food. La Bernardin began in Paris in 1972, with siblings Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze just serving fish. After receiving its first Michelin star in 1976, and two more in 1980, the Le Coze’s then opened Le Bernardin in New York in 1986. Le Bernardin earned four stars from The New York Times three months after its opening, never having dropped a star throughout five reviews, and is the only restaurant to maintain this rating for that length of time. The restaurant also ranks 17 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
With such high praise for La Bernardin, we were not disappointed. The food and wine were on another level. The four course dinner menu is mouth-watering, making it so difficult to choose just one meal. The dessert is also a highlight, with Pastry Chef Thomas Raquel executing each intricate detail perfectly. Try the Banana S’more or the Brown Butter Mousse with Apple Confit Armagnac Sabayon. The Sommelier also partners with a wine bar round the corner called Sohm. Sohm joined Le Bernardin in 2007, the year he was awarded “Best Sommelier in America.” The following year, he was voted “Best Sommelier in the World.” Under Sohm’s direction, Le Bernardin received the 2009 James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Service.”
Arguably the most exciting city in the world, the possibilities are endless in New York. With something new and special around every street and hidden round every corner, you could never be disappointed in this city. There are a thousand different experiences you could have here, so make it your own and try these amazing places, adding your own adventures and discoveries along the way.