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LeBonners are spoiled for choice in New York when it comes to luxury hotels and delectable restaurants, so we have done the hard work for you and listed the best of the best for you to consider on your next trip to the Big Apple.

Best Hotels New York
Located in the Hudson Square neighbourhood, west of Soho, Hotel Hugo is a stylish Art Deco themed boutique residence. The food in the onsite restaurant, Il Principe, is homely and rustic. There are two rooftop bars with stunning 360-degree views. The Cuban themed Azul is open air and serves up a mean Mojito.
Rooms start at around £265 per night.

With interiors designed by Gilles & Boissier, the Hotel Baccarat is a little bit of Paris in New York. Chic as opposed to bling (surprising given there are 15,000 pieces of glass on show), the Baccarat has charm and sophistication, with rooms something akin to staying in an apartment off the Places Des Vosges.
The hotel’s onsite fine dining restaurant Chevalier is right up there with the best in the city, and the upstairs bar (whitely named The Bar) comes with an outdoor terrace and is has been named one of the best bars in New York by Conde Nast.
The indoor pool is the final piece of the puzzle that makes the Baccarat a must stay.
Rooms will set you back upwards of £800 per night.

This contemporary hotel is located in the Soho district of NYC which is an excellent option for foodies and shopaholics.
There is a beautiful, private inner courtyard and terrace restaurant. Rooms are spacious and modern, and there is a 24-hour gym for fitness fanatics.
Rooms start at around £600 per night.

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Lowell, built in 1927, is a New York institution. The hotel is located 350 yards from Central Park, 50 yards from Madison Avenue and 200 yards from Fifth Avenue. Put simply; you won’t find a better location.
Indulge yourself with a suite avec landscaped terrace and soak peacefully in your marble clad bathroom.
Rooms start at around £700 per night.

Located on Billionaires Row, between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, The Four Seasons Hotel New York is one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.
The hotel has panoramic Central Park and city views and is everything you would expect from the Four Seasons chain.
Make sure you book the downtown hotel and not the one in the financial district unless that’s your intention of course!
Rooms start at £800 per night.

Located in the heart of trendy, upscale Soho, The Soho Grand Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in New York and represents excellent value for money.
Rooms are decorated in classical European style and all feature city views.
Art features heavily throughout the hotel, and the hotel’s Grand Bar is one of the trendiest watering holes in the city, cool enough to attract NYC’s well healed and celebrities alike.
Head outside to Gilligan’s in the summer for some of Long Island’s best locally sourced produce.
Rooms start at around £200 per night (if you shop around)

Best Restaurants New York
MIMI is a classic French bistro located in Greenwich Village. The menu features mouth-watering dishes such as succulent leg of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, pork rillettes, main lobster or a decadent soufflé for desert.
Be sure to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail while listening to classic New York cocktail jazz and bring a large appetite!

Co-owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm have created the perfect harmony between the front of house and kitchen to turn Eleven Madison Park into one of the best restaurants in the world.
The setting is glorious with high vaulted ceilings in an art deco designed dining room.
Expect contemporary cooking and plan your day around a 3-hour tasting menu. Book months in advance…

Café Altro Paradiso is an Italian restaurant located in New York’s trendy Soho district. Expect simple, tasty dishes and a buzzing atmosphere.

Live jazz, great food, art deco dining room with red leather seating and an enormous open fireplace, what could you want? There is history too for this Midtown institution, built in 1905 The Lambs Club was a clubhouse for The Lambs, America’s first professional theatre club and played host to auspicious members such as Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin.
The menu is modern American with and meat options equally delectable.

Another Big Apple mainstay, The 21 Club has been entertaining a Who’s Who of America’s rich and famous since 1922. This former speakeasy is worth visiting as much for the buzzing atmosphere as it is for the food, which is simple but highly effective!
The menu at The 21 Club features classics such as Steak Tartar, Dover Sole, Chicken Paillard and Chocolate lava cake. There is also the restaurant’s gourmet burger made famous in the eighties as a first of its kind and an eye-watering price tag of $21.

Peter Luger Steak House was established in 1887 and has been serving up some of the best steaks in New York ever since. Your eyes will be sweating meat after you take on the 44-ounce Porterhouse…
Bring cash; credit cards are a no go here.

Keens is another New York steakhouse steeped in history with former patrons including JP Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. If that guest list isn’t enough to temp you the famous Keens mutton chop should be. Having opened in 1885, Keens had served its millionth mutton chop by 1935; I think they’ve lost count by now!
The 50,000 long-stemmed clay pipes hanging from the ceiling add a quirky feel to the historic decor.
You’ll do well to find a better steak elsewhere in New York. Enough said.

I am Rob, the editor of Le Bon Lifestyle. I am married to Gemma and love the finer things in life. My passions are food and travel.

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