New York’s rebirth was always going to be about food, and before leaving the next day, I snuck in one more feast. Margot Landau (email@example.com)recently quit her job as an executive assistant, spent lockdown perfecting her baking, and has opened for business with dreamy cardamom buns, crispy handmade croissants in various forms (chocolate, cheese, swirl with ham and leek) and bread. At her Yorkville outpost, I indulged in a special of peanut-butter swirled sourdough, toasted and topped with butter and jam.
Hoisting myself back on the Amtrak, I fell into a slumber of contentment: New York was coming back, and so was I – plus a few extra pounds.
How to do it
Double rooms at The Mark – a luxury hotel with Jean Georges restaurant, a Frederik Fekkai salon, John Lobb shoe service and some of the best baths in Manhattan – cost from £650pn (001 212 744 4300).
The Lowell offers sophisticated opulence, plus flawless service and a magical bevy of men who will come up and light your suite’s wood-burning fire. Double rooms from £630pn; speciality suites from £1,900pn (001 212 838 1400).
For more inspiration on where to stay, see our complete guide to the best hotels in New York.
For Amtrak timetable and tickets, see amtrak.com.