Kips Bay is a casual low-key part of a town that is miraculously serene despite its proximity to bustling Midtown. Perhaps it’s the breeze from the East River, or the omnipresent peak of the Empire State Building; whatever it is, Kips Bay has a quiet confidence and a very warm welcome. By day friendly dog walkers meander through town and at night the bright lights of theatres and bars bring Kips Bay to life. At the Shelbourne Murray Hill Hotel, take the lift up to the 16th Floor and the Rare View rooftop bar where you’re actively encouraged to take a load off on an actual bed, sip Mango Margaritas and enjoy breath-taking views across the city. Head over to Marco Pipolo’s Marcony where you can enjoy home-made Italian delights at crisp white linen tables. To make the most of the stunning views across the river, several venues along the bay host seasonal al fresco events in fine weather so it’s worth doing your homework and booking in advance.