What should I pack for a trip to New York City?

Deciding what to pack for New York City can be tough — it is the fashion capital of the world, after all. But don’t let that intimidate you. Well, not too much anyway. Instead, focus on being prepared for extreme weather (humid summers and freezing winters) and a lot of walking. Even though the subway is efficient and generally reliable, you will find yourself walking a lot because there is so much to see and do on every block.

As for fashion, you can bring a few stylish outfits — or shop for new ones — or you can always fall back on all black. In Manhattan, wearing all black is always in fashion.

  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    What are the best bars in New York City?

    The best bar in New York is on the roof of The James called Jimmy. There’s also a new little bar on Houston and Sullivan called Rogue & Canon. There’s Bill’s Food & Drink, which has been around for years, but it’s under new ownership; it’s on 54th Street. And Wollensky’s Grill has a nice bar. If it’s late-night, I’ll go to J.G. Melon and have a beer and a burger.
  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    Peasant is one of my favorites. I like Marea. Brio is right next door to me; I love it. It’s more of a trattoria; it’s fantastic. There’s another little place called Tiella that’s on First Avenue and 61st with very good food. I like Babbo. And I like Lincoln Ristorante.
  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    Which New York City restaurants are best for brunch?

    I like brunch — the more creative, the better. I don’t mind if it’s a buffet or à la carte, but I like to go to places that have very interesting brunch dishes. I mean, I love eggs Benedict and I like an omelet but I like to see something a little more creative.

    I love The River Café for brunch in Brooklyn because of the view and the fantastic food. The Water Club is another good place. It’s on the water. Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York has a very good brunch and the views are fabulous.
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  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    What are the best places to stay in New York City?

    I stay at The James New York all the time in Soho. I still love The Plaza Hotel, but haven’t stayed there in a while. The Benjamin is another good hotel. It’s on 50th Street. There’s a good restaurant there called The National. I like to stay at The Surrey hotel on the Upper East Side also. And Daniel Boulud has a good restaurant there called Café Boulud. I tend to go to a place where I can eat well.
  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    When is the best time to visit New York City?

    I think the fall — October — is my favorite time of year in New York. It’s just starting to get cold; people are back in the city from the summer. The season changes; we’re getting into heartier menus; you’ve got Halloween, then Thanksgiving. Christmas is fun, but it’s just too crazy.
  • On November 18, 2013
    David Burke answered the question: David Burke

    What are the best things to do in New York City?

    Eat out; walk the streets and museums; go to the theater; try new places and restaurants; visit art galleries. There’s always something happening in New York. One of my favorite things is to come to the city on a holiday when nobody’s around and drive the streets or walk when it’s not crowded.
  • On November 4, 2013
    Chris Johnson answered the question: Chris Johnson

    Which New York City restaurants are best for brunch?

    I go out to brunch when I can. Balthazar is a must. LIC Market in Long Island City does an amazing brunch. I love Zum Schneider for brunch as well just because it’s that kind of alternative, totally different brunch cuisine. It’s a German beer hall, but the food is really solid and there’s a great energy there. For the younger, crazier scene, The Sunburnt Cow is fun.
  • On November 4, 2013
    Chris Johnson answered the question: Chris Johnson

    What are the best places to stay in New York City?

    The NoMad is great. I like Chambers Hotel. I think there are times that a place like Trump SoHo New York is kind of cool. I prefer smaller boutique hotels, but there’s a pretty great rooftop deck at Trump SoHo. Soho Grand Hotel is also great.
  • On November 4, 2013
    Chris Johnson answered the question: Chris Johnson

    When is the best time to visit New York City?

    My favorite time of year bounces between spring and fall, but I think I like fall a little better. It’s just starting to get chilly. It’s not cold, but it’s not hot anymore. People are still out and about having brunch and walking around in shorts and maybe a sweatshirt. I just think the temperature is perfect for taking a walk around and seeing all the great things that New York has to offer. I live in Alphabet City — I’ve lived here for 16 years now — and I love fall in this neighborhood because everybody’s out having cocktails on the deck or at outdoor restaurants. And as the trees start to change color, New York is a pretty amazing place.
  • On November 4, 2013
    Chris Johnson answered the question: Chris Johnson

    What are the best things to do in New York City?

    1. MoMA PS1. It’s an awesome thing to do. PS1 kind of correlates into the other museums, so kind of link that as one rather than saying all five museums. There’s that ability to go to MoMA and see some brilliant artwork, which I think is something everyone should do while they’re here.

    2. Brunch at Balthazar. That definitely falls into things to do.

    3. Sake crawl. There are some really good sake places in the city. Culminating with Cherry and what we’ve done there, I think something that’s fun and unique is to go around and have sake at different places.

    4. Bike ride along the West Side Highway. We don’t take enough time to do it. Cruise along and look at that scene of the skyline.

    5. Rooftop in Brooklyn. It’s not as easy to do, but if you can get on a rooftop in Brooklyn or Long Island City, do it. As awesome as our skyline is for those of us who live in the city, it’s kind of ridiculous when you’re over in Brooklyn and looking at the skyline. Have a glass of wine and check out the view that’s iconic for people around the world, but we don’t get to see as often on our own.
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