An insider’s guide to New York, featuring the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around. By Douglas Rogers, Telegraph Travel’s destination expert. Click on the tabs below for the best places to stay, eat, drink and shop, including the best free things to do and what to do on a short break.

Why go?

The most exciting city in the world, bar none, with more restaurants, bars, museums and iconic sights than virtually any other big city in the world. It’s also – for better or worse – quite unlike the Mean Streets stereotype. New York is safe, welcoming, and makes you feel as if you belong. This is partly due to the logic of design: Manhattan is laid out on a simple grid system so that you always know where you are and can pretty much walk everywhere. But the locals are also surprisingly friendly.