The old: Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
New York City was once a world-renowned oyster town, and this beloved 90-year-old hero of the half shell reminds diners of that former glory. Eaters can choose from around 30 varieties of bivalves and then fill to bursting with one of the famously huge desserts.
Grand Central Terminal, Lower Concourse, 42nd Street (at Park Ave) (+1 212 490 6650; www.oysterbarny.com)
The new: Marlow & Sons
This Williamsburg bar and grocery store is another oyster joint, and although it doesn’t serve up the same variety as the Grand Central’s restaurant, it boasts a convivial atmosphere where there’s always something worth shelling out for.
81 Broadway, Brooklyn (+1 718 384 1441; www.marlowandsons.com)
The old: The Waldorf-Astoria
The art-deco Waldorf opened in 1931 and has protected status as a historic hotel. Rooms have wing-back chairs, love seats, rich colours and layered fabrics and there’s an exclusive new Louis Vuitton-owned Guerlain Spa.
301 Park Ave (+1 212 355 3000; www.waldorf.com)
The new: Soho House New York
Private members’ club-cum-swish-hotel Soho House New York remains the hippest place to rest your head. The rooftop pool and bar was once the setting of a Sex And The City scene, and it remains the exclusive playground of the trendiest of Manhattanites.
29 9th Avenue (+1 212 627 9800/www.sohohouseny.com)
The old: The Brooklyn Bridge
Opened in 1883, the neo-gothic suspension bridge is an architectural icon – and one that’s met a fate both kind (Manhattan) and cruel (I Am Legend) in many a blockbuster. Bike or walk the 6,775ft stretch and enjoy the views.
The new: The High Line
Views from this elevated ‘park in the sky’ are spectacular. You can relax among local flora, sunbathe on rolling chaises longues, snap pics of Meatpacking District mayhem, and – at points – see clearly down to the Statue of Liberty. Look for the unveiling of part two next year.
A wide range of airlines fly to New York and so it is worth checking the internet for the best deals. The best prices we found for July and August were with Etihad, which flies from Dubai to New York from Dhs4,660 in July and from Dhs4,530 during August.