I first visited NYC with my parents and brother in 2004 when I was 14, so to come back 12 years later with my husband-to-be and visit some of the same places was pretty special. I surprised Karl with this trip for his 30th birthday as it's a city he has always wanted to visit and frankly I couldn't wait to get back on US soil.
We flew with Virgin Atlantic who are definitely one of my favourite airlines and we stayed at the Hudson Hotel near Columbus Circle. The hotel is very dark but with seriously stylish interior, a rooftop bar and an outdoor garden (dream!). I have to mention that the standard double rooms at the hotel are VERY small as space is limited in the city! I 100% recommend staying near Columbus Circle as it's a gorgeous area, just a minute's walk from Central Park, only 7 blocks from Time Square and 3 blocks from 5th Avenue.
Something to mention if you are planning to visit NYC is it's around 20% more expensive to eat and drink here than London and they usually expect around 18% for a tip (this is quite steep so I think you need to judge for yourself). Portion sizes are also astronomical so after the second day of huge breakfasts we went on the hunt for a deli for something a little lighter and found 'Fluffy's' which if you turn left when you exit the Hudson Hotel is on the corner. They have been going since 1975 and I seriously recommend their bagels or egg white breakfast wrap!
When travelling from the airport to your hotel you MUST grab a yellow cab (as cliche as it sounds it is the best way to see the city). We flew into JFK and with traffic (it is mental!) it took around an hour and a half and for airport runs it's a flat rate of $60 which is so worth it. We unpacked and headed straight to the rooftop bar for a complimentary and very strong mojito before jet-lag kicked our butt.