60 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003
A creative modern take on popular Mexican food, the Black Ant NYC boasts beautiful cocktails and a large collection of tequilas to help wash down the eclectic tapas menu. Go for the Black Ant Guacamole to start, followed by the Enchapulinados; grasshopper encrusted shrimp, served in a corn tortilla with apple slaw, salsa roja and avocado. Top it off with a side of cactus fries and work your way through the cocktail and tequila shooter menu for dessert. The Black Ant is both trendy and sophisticated, and young and adventurous. Well worth a visit whilst you are in town.
TOP OF THE STRAND
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, 33 W. 37th St, New York NY 10018
With a hard-to-beat view looking directly into the towering Empire State Building, the rooftop bar at the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse is a an absolute must for a cosmopolitan-fix overlooking the Big Apple. Be warned, it is not a big space and it can get quite busy, so be prepared to enjoy your cocktail on your feet. Visit after dark in summer, when the retractable roof is open, for a “pinch-me-I’m-in-New-York” moment.
THE HIGH LINE
New York NY 10011
The High Line is a relatively new public park built on an old freight rail line that runs through New York City. Elevated above the streets of Manhattan, the 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) narrow parkland is a peaceful and slightly surreal walk, allowing you to absorb the atmosphere of the city streets below, almost “ethereally” from above. The contemporary garden walk will take you from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center.