The Roger is on Madison Avenue in Murray Hill, near the Empire State Building.
The nearest airport to the hotel is La Guardia, which has flights from most major US cities on airlines including United (www.unitedairlines.com) and British Airways (www.britishairways.com).
Penn Station, the hub for Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) is just a short walk from the hotel. Grand Central Station, where you can hop on the Metro North (www.mta.info) to Connecticut and beyond, is a short cab ride away.
New York can be a driver’s nightmare. If you arrive by car, stow it in a garage for the duration of the trip to avoid traffic and the near-impossible street parking. The hotel offers valet parking for $55 a day.
Worth getting out of bed for
In the shadow of the Empire State Building, the Roger is an ideal starting point for an architectural tour of Manhattan. Head there early to beat the crowds and take the elevator straight to the top to admire a bird’s-eye view of the city. Next, stroll down Madison to the wedge-shaped Flatiron Building, one of Manhattan’s tallest buildings when it was completed in 1902. Pause for lunch at the nearby Eisenberg’s Sandwiches on Fifth Avenue, a charming lunch counter with excellent egg-cream sodas. This is also an excellent place to go shopping. Dover Street Market concept store sells cult brands practically next door and if you stroll straight up Madison Avenue you'll see some of the biggest names in fashion, from Armani to Yurman. Then move from acquiring clothes to disrobing at the Museum of Sex, a couple blocks south from the Roger, which hosts – ahem – revealing exhibitions. Afterwards, reflect on what you saw in pretty Madison Park. See who's on the bill at Gramercy Theatre or see the Knicks in action at the famed Madison Square Garden arena. Later on, head over to Koreatown's Turntable Chicken for a karaoke singalong in a retro space.
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Manhattan gets a Texan twang at barbecue joint Blue Smoke, where the rib sampler, pulled pork, brisket and hush puppies could fool any expert from the Lone Star State. Pop into the restaurant’s Bake Shop for cupcakes, miniature pecan pies and red velvet cake. Gastropub the Breslin dishes out British-inspired favourites: start your day with a Full English breakfast, lunch on beer-battered Long Island fluke and thrice-cooked chips, and tuck into grilled lamb chops for dinner. There’s a heady selection of traditional-style cask ales, local brews and cocktails too. Diners could probably spend a month at massive Italian emporium Eataly without ever sampling the same thing twice. Eat pizza, pasta or sandwiches there, or bring home fresh fish, Italian groceries and cured meats. Upstairs, the Birreria is a beer garden with supreme Gotham City views. Die-hard carnivores, get your fix at Wolfgang's Steakhouse, with a side of lobster mac and cheese; or blow the budget and book a table at much-loved, highly praised eatery Eleven Madison Park. Wood-beamed diner Black Barn brings hearty rustic fare to the inner city, Maysville's menu is designed to be washed down with their 100-plus whiskey selection and Ilili's dishes are a riotously flavourful mix of Lebanese and Mediterranean.
A few blocks away, on Broadway, No 7 Sub fashions creative and delicious sandwich combinations featuring breaded zucchini parmesan with crushed barbecue potato chips, a broccoli- and feta-filled taco, or a revamped cheesesteak with miso-infused cheese whiz. There are few better places for a burger than the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Though there’s often a long line, the café will reward patient diners with thick milkshakes, crisp fries and perfectly greasy cheeseburgers.
Flûte Bar & Lounge channels a Paris hangout, with a long champagne menu and French music. After an afternoon shopping and snacking at the Chelsea Market, pop down to its basement for revamped classics at The Tippler, where a frozen negroni (called the ‘snowgroni’) or smoky mescal cocktails are an ideal pre-dinner primer. Wonderfully welcoming Ward III will show you a very good time with its list of kickily named cocktails – we like the rum- and vermouth-splashed My Sharona.