The Lower East Side’s bars and restaurants are brilliant. Russ & Daughters Café has a beautiful interior that takes the style of the original deli around the corner and creates something modern from it. They do a great cocktail called a Smoked Martini with vodka, gin, a spray of Laphroaig, some Lillet and a little vermouth. Russ & Daughters Café, 127 Orchard St, NY 10002 (+1212-475 4800; russanddaughterscafe.com).
For drinks I also like The Back Room, which has the novelty of a toyshop at the front and a speakeasy-style bar behind it. The Back Room, 102 Norfolk St, NY 10002 (+1212-228 5098; backroomnyc.com).
Another favourite is Wildair, a little place that serves contemporary American small plates at the counter. Wildair, 142 Orchard St, NY 10002 (+1646-964 5624; wildair.nyc).
I sometimes go as far as Shelter Island. It’s a little more laidback than that classic Hamptons experience, and a lot quieter. I stayed at The Chequit, which used to be very famous, then fell out of fashion until it was refurbished in 2015. I loved it. The Chequit, 23 Grand Ave, ShelterIsland Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 0018; thechequit.com).
André Balazs’ Sunset Beach hotel is a great place for a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down; it’s boho, relaxed and quite European in feel. Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 2001; sunsetbeachli.com).