Want to see the best of New York? Then forget about the tourist traps and head to the places that native New Yorkers rate the highest: the bars, the burgers, the brunches and everything in between. We’ve pulled all the latest award-winners together to reveal a best-in-show New York that’s full of surprises.
Testing out all the venues has taken me to parts of the city I didn’t know existed – and it’s given me a road map for the perfect city tour.
Here’s my verdict on each of the new local favourites.
New York is all about the skyscrapers, and as it is the epitome of big-city cool to have a drink at the top of one, the race to be awarded the best rooftop bar is tough.
The latest Grub Street magazine winner is Ophelia, and even though it’s next door to the no-fun UN building, this 26th-floor eyrie has all the hipster bar essentials, including taxidermy, laid-back charm and well-constructed cocktails – favourites include classic martinis for $28 (£22).
The place also has a playful history – Frank Sinatra hung out here when it was called the Top Of The Tower restaurant.
Verdict: It’s a charmer of a bar with no attitude, despite the altitude (opheliany.com).