Ask the concierge: New York City

Jul 20,2015

With so many sights, shops and Broadway shows to pack into your itinerary, it’s no wonder the locals refer to NYC as the city that never sleeps. To help you get the most out of your visit, we caught up with Millennium Broadway New York TImes Square concierge Gloria Morgan for her top insider tips.

Imagine stepping out from your hotel accommodation into a buzzing cosmopolitan city – one that loves culture and couture just as much as it loves its world-class chefs. It is this energy and diversity that Morgan loves.

From where to eat and what to see, Millennium Hotel concierges are a wealth of essential information. Just be sure to pack your trainers – there’s a lot of exploring to do.

Times Square

Don’t miss these sights

You can catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from the top of the Empire State Building or as you walk past the crisscrossed cables of Brooklyn Bridge, but to get up close to the iconic sculpture, hop on a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island.

In Lower Manhattan, the site of a tragedy the world will never forget has been miraculously turned into an amazing new downtown destination – One World Trade Center. As the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this skyscraper features a lift that sweeps visitors to the observatory on the 100th floor in less than 60 seconds. As you can imagine, the view from here is sensational.

Activities to add to your itinerary

Central Park in autumn

Nothing beats a stroll – or a jog – around Central Park. This sprawling green space is home to an ice-skating rink, a picturesque lake and a zoo, so it’s easy to find something for everyone here!

In the evenings, it’s time to take in the bright lights of Broadway with a play or a musical. The hotel is just around the corner and there are plenty of places nearby to purchase last-minute tickets.

Dine like a local at these restaurant gems

It’s certainly true that New Yorkers like good food and thankfully there are literally thousands of places to dine after a long day exploring. Del Frisco’s is a classic steakhouse close to Times Square or for the most authentic Italian this side of the Atlantic, make a beeline for the Little Italy district.

For an extra-romantic meal, you can’t beat the Rainbow Room. Oozing style and sophistication, this glamorous fine-dining restaurant and cocktail bar sits at the top of Rockefeller Plaza.

Rainbow Room. Photo by Bart Barlow

Give your wallet a workout

If you are looking for a wardrobe makeover, you’ve come to the right place. From the high-fashion boutiques that line Fifth Avenue to the cutting-edge cool of Bleecker Street, New York is the perfect place to shop till you drop. But don’t forget the folks back home – perhaps an ‘I Heart New York’ T-shirt or souvenir Statue of Liberty would make a nice gift.

Get around the city with ease

I recommend people use public transport – either the bus or subway system – or hire a private driver if you want to take things a little slower.

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