“And Just Like That…” the next chapter of Sex and the City is on the horizon. Did anyone else feel like the city of New York was always the fifth character in [most of] our beloved series? Although the girls did head off to Mexico and Abu Dhabi in the films, it’s hard to imagine them – with their designer bags, bustling lives, and magenta Cosmopolitan cocktails in hand, living anywhere else.
Whether it was the fictional ‘Raw’ or very much so real and iconic Tao restaurant, the cast frequented some of the most see-and-be-seen restaurants, bars, and shopping destinations New York City has to offer. Some places were included in the series because of their stature in the New York City scene, while others soon became hot spots soon after the episode in which they were included aired.
Now, whether you’re excited about the series reboot or you can’t bear the city without Samantha, it’s certainly got us in the mood to plan a trip to the glittering metropolis and walk in the Manolos of our favourite girls.
Explore the Best Bits of the Big Apple with a Real New Yorker
We’re not exactly sure when we will be able to travel again but we’re certainly not against planning a prospective trip with the girls for a wild weekend away in New York City.
Start in Manhattan, jump on the subway to Fifth Avenue and meet Nya, a knowledgeable and gregarious New Yorker, who will guide you around the city exploring the skyscrapers and landmarks including Wall Street, Harlem and Central Park – that’s what “dreams are made of”, after all.
Remember, “don’t settle for less than butterflies” on your private experience. ToursByLocals enriches the travel experience with 4,800 expert local guides leading tours in 190 countries. The six-hour New York City Wonders Private Tour, is priced at £474 per tour (for up to ten people). The tour is fully customisable which means you could visit all the filming hotspots in West Village and SoHo. You may even spot Sarah Jessica Parker herself as she lives her everyday life in NYC, close to where the main filming took place.
Stay Smack Bang in the Middle of Manhattan for the True Sex and the City Experience
Stay in the city centre at the EVEN Hotel, located in Midtown East, to feel the beating heart of the city. This hotel is moments away from Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library; “the classic New York landmark that housed all the great love stories.”
Hopefully things work out better for you on your future visit than at Carrie’s wedding; travellers can visit the scene of the tragic dumping and re-live the moment where Carrie bashes him over the head with her wedding flowers on the street. What’s a post-COVID trip if it’s not indulging in the drama?!
The exclusive membership-only club for city breakers, Bidroom, offers a four-night stay at the four-star EVEN Hotel from £688 per person – based on two people sharing the Wellness Suite. Book with Bidroom and receive free cancellation, and no pre-payment. Based on 03 May check-in.
The Top Cocktail Bars in New York City for that Perfect Cosmo
If you’re a Sex and the City fan, do you drink any cocktail that isn’t a Cosmopolitan? With the series reboot soon to hit our screens, free online recommendations and social travel app TWISPER is providing its community’s favourite cocktail bars in the Big Apple where you just might find Carrie and the girls enjoying tipples and reminiscing (in extreme detail) over their latest romantic pursuits… Of course, we’d have to wait a little longer before being able to indulge in one but it’s never a bad thing to plan.
Recognised as one of the “best speakeasies in the US” by Architectural Digest, Apotheke is known for having bartenders at the top of their game. The bar is hard to find, which adds to its air of exclusivity – and the drinks menu is truly world class, having been inspired by the European history of apothecary. Apotheke combines subtle luxury with quirky touches and is a favourite NYC spot among the TWISPER community.
Located in exclusive Howard Street, the blond provides guests with a relaxing yet stylish ambience with its dark woods, subdued colours, low lighting and gold accents. Its rotating cocktail lists are tailored to celebrate seasonal flavours and the bar also offers light bar-bites to accompany its drinks menu. Think of it as the spot Carrie and co. would head to post-event to mingle and relax.
Award-winning Bar Director Leo Robitschek has created a drinks programme with something for all tastes at NoMad Bar. With the list including cocktails crafted with rare spirits, as well as a range of extensive sought-after beers and wines, this bar is a favourite among the TWISPER community and located close to the famous Empire State Building so can easily be your post night-view watering hole.
Dicover Trendy New Districts That Might Feature in the Reboot
The city is the scene for adventures – if you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of the Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha and although a lot has changed since the first episode aired (including a key character, sob), it’s possible to get an idea of the life they’d lead in modern-day Manhattan.
HolidayPirates recommends the characters move on from only Cosmos and sip their way through the cocktail list at the likes of Le Bain and Boom Boom Room at The Standard, perfectly situated on the High Line for the new revival. The trendy Meatpacking district would be their new stomping ground – an interesting notion, considering it was only just beginning to emerge as an up and coming spot in teh series.
HolidayPirates offers a five-night stay at the three-star Pod Times Square hotel, well located in Midtown, priced from only £385 per person, including return flights from Inverness with a stopover in Amsterdam (London & Manchester departures also available). The trip is ATOL protected.
Take a Day Trip and Relive Summer in the Hamptons – Like Carrie and the Girls
Remember in the second season, when the four ladies head to The Hamptons for the summer? No trip to New York would be complete without a day or weekend trip to the playground of the wealthy. Get there in just an hour and a half away with ToursByLocals and enjoy a private tour of local beaches, yacht clubs, cafes and boutique shops, thanks to your personal driver.
Take a ferry to idyllic Shelter Island and then onto the North Fork with its small towns, vineyards and twenty-nine wineries to explore. Raise a toast to the next instalment of Sex and the City – long may the girl power, friendship and fabulous outfits continue!
Enjoy your fully customisable Hamptons & Long Island Wineries Private Tour, priced at £688 per tour (for up to six people).