Insider Tips for New York from Jessica of Used York City

New York is one of my favourite cities and so we’re delighted to introduce you to Jessica from Used York City who reveals her insider tips for New York, USA on the blog today, while we’re sharing some of our top London spots over on her blog. She’s recently become a mother to gorgeous Augusten, but still manages to look effortlessly glam.

Used York City Jess & Augusten

Insider Tips for New York

Welcome, Jessica! What NYC tips would you recommend to someone who only has 24 hours in the city?
I’d say, follow you interests!  If you’re a foodie and totally interested in authentic Chinese cuisine, you’ll want to head out to Flushing, Queens for the day to eat yourself happy!  But if you’re really into experiencing the cultural side of NYC, head to the TKTS booth in Times Square to score discounted tickets for a same-day Broadway show, followed by a docent led tour at the Museum of Modern Art.  And if you’re a fashionista…why, shopping doesn’t get any better than a stroll up 5th Avenue or around SoHo!  By following your interests, you’ll really feel as if you made the most of your time in the Big Apple!

As a New York insider, how would you complete this phrase – “You Know You’re a New Yorker when…”
…you’ve lived in more than 5 apartments, all of which could pass as a small closet anywhere else in the rest of the country.  You know that if you see an empty subway car, it’s best not to enter it, even if you are wearing 5 inch stilettos.  You would NEVER wear 5 inch stilettos on your commute, and always carry a pair of backup flats in your bag.  You know better than to stop when people on the street ask “Do you have a moment for whales/LGBT/hurricanes in Southeast Asia?”  Eyes down, earphones in, and keep walking.  And perhaps most importantly, you know you’re a New Yorker when, as good as it is to get out of the city for a few days, it feels even better to come back.

Central Park - one of the best New York attractions

Luxury Experiences in NYC

What are the most luxurious places that you can recommend in New York?
Splurge on a gorgeous spa day–The Peninsula Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental, and Aire Ancient Baths are some of my personal faves.  Follow it up with a shopping spree at Barney’s or Bergdorf’s, fancy cocktails with a view at The Standard Rooftop, and dinner at the world famous Daniel, Per Se, or for a more traditional classic NYC feel, The 21 Club.

best places to eat in NYC

New York Hidden Gems

Which non touristy things to do in NYC would you recommend?
As popular as the Metropolitan Museum of Art is, I personally love its sister museum in Upper Manhattan, The Cloisters.  Take a 30 minute subway ride up to the tippy top of the island to the neighborhood of Inwood, and it’s like transporting yourself to a French castle–it’s absolutely stunning, filled with magnificent tapestries, surrounded by glorious gardens, and the delicious New Leaf restaurant (Bette Midler’s brain child!) is just steps away. These are perfect off the beaten path things to do in NYC.

Unique Restaurants in NYC

Where would you recommend to eat like a local?
Grab a dollar slice, we’re famous for them!  There’s places all over the city offering 2 cheese pizza slices and a can of soda for $2.75, which can’t be beat, and New Yorkers are famous for lining up every day at lunchtime.

Each neighborhood is filled with it’s local spots–a few of my personal local favorites are the rooftop of Hotel Chantelle for an AMAZING 1920’s jazz brunch featuring $0.92 cocktails(!!!), Freeman’s for classic rustic Americana comfort dishes (plus it’s located at the end of an alley, adding to the allure of the dining experience), and Blockhead’s for delicious (and cheap!) margaritas, tacos, and lots of great vegan Mexican inspired dishes (But don’t worry, carnivores!  They have meat, too!)

Best Places to Shop in NYC

What about shopping in New York, which are the best areas to go and what would you recommend buying?
For the classic NYC shopping experience, a stroll down 5th Avenue is a must.  You’ll hit all the luxury stores…Prada, Louis, and Gucci, to name a few.  But for a bit more variety (think luxury boutiques alongside ready-to-wear chain stores alongside mom-and-pop shops), SoHo is where you want to shop–there’s a bit of everything!  Stop into Le Labo to find your signature scent, the original Tiffany & Co. to add an “I heart NY” charm to your bracelet, Henri Bendel’s for a monogrammed-on-the-spot passport cover, and Strand to grab a few NYC inspired books to read on your trip as well as one of their signature tote bags.

best places to shop in NYC - Tiffany & Co
Is there a top New York tourist attraction that you haven’t yet visited but want to?
Oh yes!  I still haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty (gasp!) and seeing as how my great-granduncle came over on the boat from Greece back in the day, I would love to see his name signed in the immigration book.

Statue of Liberty, New York - one of the top tourist attractions in NYC
What would you miss most about New York if you ever moved elsewhere?
I would greatly miss being able to walk anywhere and everywhere, ordering basically anything one could think of at all hours of the day and night and having it delivered, and the constant buzz and energy running through the city.  I always say…if you love NYC something fierce, it will always love you back.

 Thanks for sharing these insider tips for New York with us, Jessica.
  • New York is definitely on my bucket list of places I need to experience!

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  • It’s nice to hear a local speaking about NYC! I agree one doesn’t simply wear stilettos,without having a pair of flats as a backup plan. Otherwise, that would be a suicide! 😀

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  • Ahhh…New York is my favourite city after London…I agree with Jessica, I love the bar at the Standard and I went to Per Se years ago.

  • Haha I can imagine that stilettos during work commute in New York would be crazy! I’d love to visit a lot of the places she mentions, especially SoHo

    Rachel xx

    • We didn’t get much time in SoHo when we last visited so I’d love to go back and see more of it as well as Brooklyn

  • Catherine Lux

    Some really great tips! I’m off to NYC in two weeks so I’ll add some of these to my list!

    C x | Lux Life

  • Paola

    I love NYC!!!!! I would like to come back in that lovely city asap!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • Thanks so much for featuring me today, Suze! So fun sharing all my favorite spots, and I LOVED hearing about yours on my blog today, too! xo!

    • It’s a pleasure Jessica and thanks for such great tips. I’ll definitely use them if I’m coming to NYC

  • I wish I could have spent that much time in NYC! It’s such a great city and it’s already a year since I last visited…

  • This is such an awesome post! I love reading about New York City from a local’s perspective!

  • alice

    Amazing pics as ever doll, love your style!

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  • These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh my goodness it is so cliché but I am in love with NYC and have never had a holiday like it, I keep going back but am so glad to have this article full of tips and gems, thank you! xx

    • I can see why you’d want to keep going back, I’ve been twice but I really want to return to check out all the hot new places

  • This is such a great post! Jessica’s suggestions on what to do with only 24hrs in the city are perfect in preventing you from feeling you didn’t make the most out of your time. I also like that she suggested a borough outside of NYC because the other boroughs have so much to offers as well! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great day so far!



    • Her tips are great time savers. I’d definitely like to return and to explore the other boroughs!

  • Corinne C

    I’d love to go to NY one day. It seems like such an amazing city to visit.

    Corinne x

    • I think you’d love it Corinne, there’s such an amazing vibe there that is hard to put into words

  • It was so fun to read this! I want both the dinner at Daniel and the pizza slices! The shopping sounds insane. It’s been ages since I was there. Nice idea to have a guest post

  • Ellie Adams

    I thoroughly sat and enjoyed every second of this hun. NYC is my favourite place in the world so have noted Jessica’s tips down. Fab post!


  • I like Jessica’s tip of following your interests in NYC if you’re short of time, as although it can be fun to head to the most popular/famous sites, even better is discovering what most appeals to you. So, straight to the food it is then! 😉

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • They’re so innovative with food in New York, I notice that often their restaurants end up opening a branch in London. I still haven’t eaten a cronut!

  • Suze, thanks for having Jessica’s interview posted. Great info on New York!

    Xoxo, Shelly

  • Always love hearing tips about my absolute favourite city! In fact, I love it so much that my last big birthday bash was entirely NYC themed 🙂 Just been in December so not sure when I’m next back but I’m jotting down all these tips especially for the rooftop bar and that amazing value jazz brunch!

  • Great tips! I love NYC’s dollar pizza slices (or slice of pie) as they call it. I’m hoping to head back to NYC this summer, such a beautiful time of year to visit! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • I love Jessica’s “You know you’re in NY when..” answers! I’ve been to NY a few times but have yet to warm up to it. It’s too overwhelming for me but I’d love to return over and over!

    • I think it depends where you stay, once we were just off Times Square which was too much hustle and bustle but if you go further out or the Upper East Side it’s a lot more relaxing

  • What a great sneak to NY through her eyes. My older brother used to live in New York for many years before he recently moved out, but I’ve never been there.
    I wish I can go one day. If I do, I will definitely try the 1920’s jazz during lunch 🙂

  • Over the years I have more and more wanted to live in NYC, and this post makes me yearn for it even more. I have visited the city multiple times because a close friend of mine used to live in Astoria but I still have yet to see anything on Broadway and also haven’t visited the Statue of Liberty. Guess I’ll just have to make a trip up ASAP!


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