The Insider’s Guide to New York

Concrete jungle. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. Two essential qualities seem to unite the many names of New York: vastness and possibility.

From its eclectic food scene to its iconic array of department stores, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to enjoy everything this sprawling metropolis has to offer in a single trip. It is therefore crucial to reduce your priorities before taking your flight.

In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Expresswe’ve compiled a list of ways to make the most of every minute in New York, elevating everything from your accommodations to your dinner reservation, using the card’s exclusive benefits.

Where to stay: The New York Edition

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New York has no shortage of stately hotels – from the Plaza to the Four Seasons, if you like your suite steeped in history and old-fashioned glamour, you won’t be disappointed. Those looking for a more contemporary stay should direct their attention to the New York Edition boutique hotel, housed in an elegantly restored 1909 clock tower on Madison Avenue.

Each room is a minimalist oasis of rich woods and natural linens, with Le Labo toiletries on tap and skyline views as standard. Staying in the Flat Iron District also means you’re in the heart of it all – the Empire State Building is just a 10-minute walk away, or head south to Greenwich Village, north to NoMad and east. towards Gramercy Park.

Book any of these properties — or others from the American Express Hotel Collection — and your Platinum Card entitles you to a free daily breakfast for two, guaranteed late checkout, and a $100 experience credit to use during your stay.

Where to eat: Saint Theo

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Saint Theo

Good Italian food is plentiful in New York (just consider its reputation for amazing pizza) but few places serve it like Saint Theo’s. Inspired by the Italian coast and the city of Venice, it’s a chic slice of La Dolce Vita in the West Village, where you’ll find a plethora of specialties including freshly made pasta and traditional Venetian cicchetti.

If the occasion also calls for an aperitif, head to Venice Bar, a small 20-seat cocktail bar hidden behind plush velvet curtains away from the main dining room. Our recommendation if you choose to treat yourself? St. Mark’s Basilica, enhanced with Basil Vodka and Malfy Zesty Lemon Gin.

As part of your Platinum Card Global Dining Credit benefit, you will receive two £150 credits – one to use in UK restaurants and one to use in restaurants overseas each calendar year. You can choose from 1,400 restaurants in 20 countries, including Saint Theo’s.

Where to shop: Williamsburg

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Once you’ve found your designer fix on Fifth Avenue and scaled the endless floors of Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales, venture beyond the confines of Manhattan to Brooklyn’s bustling Williamsburg neighborhood. You’ll be rewarded with street after street of independent shops, featuring both established and emerging brands.

Shop demi-fine jewelry at Catbird, homewares at LEIF and Abode, and high-end vintage at Amarcord (a carefully curated collection where brands range from Gucci to YSL). And when you need a break from packing, reserve a spot at The Bathhouse, a day spa in the heart of Williamsburg featuring thermal pools, a starlit steam room, and heated marble steam rooms.

Platinum Cardmembers earn one Membership Rewards® point for every pound spent on purchases. These points can then be redeemed for anything from future flights with Emirates to luxury purchases at institutions like Fortnum & Mason.

How to get there: With American Airlines

Flight times to New York from the UK are between seven and eight hours – the shorter end of the long haul, but still long enough to require extra comfort.

Upgrade your American Airlines flight to Business Class and enjoy spacious seats, impeccable service and premium dining menus designed by a portfolio of elite chefs. The wines accompanying the flight are selected from the AA’s award-winning wine program – perfect for toasting the success of your trip, whichever direction you’re headed. You might even find yourself wishing the flight was longer after all.

Platinum Cardmembers enjoy exclusive access to discounted First, Business and Premium Economy fares on 10 world-class international airlines, including AA. Plus, with the American Express Global Lounge Collection, you’ll have access to more than 1,400 airport lounges in 130 countries.

For more information and to apply for the Platinum Card, click here. Representing 443.9% variable APR (including annual fee + purchase rate). Terms and conditions of application. 18+, subject to approval. All information including representative APR is correct as of 12 October 2022. Interest rates are linked to the Bank of England base rate. See for more details.