We’ve absolutely loved visiting our clients and candidates in New York over the summer, and we’ve enjoyed some of the venues so much that we wanted to share with you our top 5 spots for meeting, greeting and generally hanging out when you’re working across the pond..!

#1 The business trip essential: Arlo Nomad

Ms Hatto stayed in this hotel on her latest visit, and we’ve since added it to our little black book of essential hotels for business trips as we are so impressed! Rooms come in a variety of shapes and prices, and the hotel is located just a stones throw away from the Empire State Building, making it the perfect midtown base for your business trip. With a selection of lounge areas, conference rooms and a stunning rooftop bar, meeting clients and business associates has never been easier under one roof!

Check out the Arlo Nomad here.

#2 Out to Impress: Top of the Standard

The Top of the Standard is definitely a sight worth seeing whilst you are in NYC. Located at the top of the High Line Standard Hotel in Chelsea, the views at sunset are to die for (can you tell that we love our rooftop bars?)! With live jazz in the evening, a small plate menu, speciality cocktails, and a smarter-casual dress code, it’s a highly sophisticated hangout, and we strong recommend booking ahead. It’s the perfect place to take your visitor if you want to impress, or equally if you need an excuse to get dressed up, bag yourself a fancy cocktail and watch the hustle and bustle of NYC all around you.

Check out the Standard Hotels website here.

#3 The bucket list restaurant: La Esquina, Soho

If you’re a NYC regular, and you haven’t checked this place out yet, then you must add this to your bucket list! If it wasn’t for the crowds that amass on the street corner every evening, then you’d probably never take a second look at the quirkylittle Taco shop on the corner. Of course, it’s so much more than just a Taco restaurant… follow the staff through the toilet door and down into the basement and you’ll find yourself in one of NYC’s finest speakeasies, and the margaritas aren’t half bad either…

Visit their restaurant website here (choose ‘The Flagship’).

#4 Home from Home – Freeman’s Restaurant

This cosy little treasure is one of our favourite spots if you’re missing the London vibe.  Tucked away down Freemans Alleyway, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you had been whisked through a teleport to Shoreditch or Notting Hill. In fact, founders Taavo Somer and William Tigertt’s original vision was a rugged clandestine colonial American Tavern, so it’s no wonder it pulls on our British heartstrings! Across the pond, Freeman’s is described as ‘simple, rustic and inspired by old world traditions’, but the hearty comfort food and pub-like interior simply smells like home for us Brits…

Visit their website here.

#5 The Mini Getaway – William Vale Hotel

For those of you who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the City every once in a while (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) we couldn’t recommend highly enough the William Vale Hotel, based across the river in the trendy Williamsburg. You really can’t miss the hotel with its striking design by Brooklyn architect Albo Liberis, it’s by far the most stand-out building in the block. Boasting impressive views of Manhattan across the river from every floor, you really are spoilt for choice in this beautiful hotel. With balconies in every room, an in-house southern Italian restaurant Leuca, poolside views and a menu worthy of Instagram, and a stunning rooftop bar on the 22nd floor, Westlight, this is the perfect place for a mini getaway, all with the City skyline still within reach…

Check it out here.

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