Insiders Tips: Emma Hills New York

Insiders Tips: Emma Hills New York

Emma Hill – the Creative Director at Mulberry – shares insiders’ tips for New York City, a city she knows very well:

What’s the first piece of advice you’d give to anyone visiting New York?
To get as much sleep as possible on the flight there – it really is the city that never sleeps! You should also always know the cross street of your destination when taking a yellow cab, and carry ID, especially in the evenings – you will get ‘carded’ everywhere. Plus, tipping is a way of life in NYC – get it wrong and they’ll let you know about it…

If you only had one night to stay in any hotel, which one would it be and why?
A suite at the St Regis Hotel on East 55th Street, for its old-school Manhattan charm, its butlers and chandeliers, and the flawless King Cole Bar. OR The ‘Playpen’ at Soho House Hotel on 9th Avenue – for its perfectly quirky mix of modern and vintage, its wonderful Alice-in-Wonderland-esque proportions, fabulous bathtubs, the room service mini-burgers, the staff (for whom nothing is too much trouble) and, best of all, for the home-away-from-home vibe… And that gorgeous pool on the roof!

If you only had one day in New York, where would you recommend visitors to eat?
I’d go for breakfast at Pastis on 9th Avenue for fantastic people-watching and the best twice-fried fries (two of my favourite guilty pleasures). Or to Petite Abeille on Hudson Street for a laid back West Village vibe and delicious Belgian waffles.

For lunch, there’s Corner Bistro on 4th and Jane for the best burger in the city; Grand Central Oyster Bar at the Grand Central Terminal (a NYC institution) and Cafe Habana in Nolita for its chili cheese corn – it’s to die for!

For dinner I recommend Four Seasons Restaurant on 52nd Street for its exquisite interior, its place in New York history and its signature cotton candy desserts, or River Cafe in Dumbo, Brooklyn, for its breathtaking view of Manhattan.

Of the famous tourist sites in the city, which would you try not to miss?
Try not to miss the Empire State Building – but try to go all the way to the very top observation deck rather than just stopping at the first one – it’s so much more Cary Grant. Take in the Statue of Liberty like a local on the Staten Island Ferry, and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for some of the best and most iconic views of the city (then hop on a New York Water Taxi home). Central Park is great for row-boating on the lake in summer or ice skating on the rink in winter. The Chrysler Building is stunning, and you should also try to get to the Guggenheim Museum, and make a day trip to Coney Island.

Which New York sights would you avoid?
Helicopter tours of the city are too pricey, too quick, too generic: instead, try the cable car ride to Roosevelt Island for incredible overhead views of the city for the price of a subway ride. Don’t go on the Statue of Liberty tour – see it through the eyes of a commute aboard the Staten Island ferry. Times Square is too crowded, too tacky, and too touristy.

What’s your best insider tip to New York?
Eat an H&H Bagel (it’s an NYC tradition); watch a game of chess in Washington Square Park; book a lesson at NY Trapeze School on the West Side Highway; grab a drink on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue; grab a curbside hot dog from a street car vendor (couldn’t be more deliciously NYC!); make friends with the locals, and have a blast… You are, after all, in the best city on earth!

Mulberry is hosting a series of events at the Madison Avenue and Bond Street stores in New York and London to celebrate the company’s collaboration with Venetia Dearden and her upcoming book Glastonbury – Another Stage, published in commemoration of 40 years of the event. Read more at

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