A few days a week, I have meetings in town or am recording my podcast. Either way, lunch is often quick, and is usually eaten somewhere like Inday, which has amazing Indian-inspired health food, or Hu Kitchen, a paleo restaurant. Both are downtown.

For dinner it might be Sushi Nakazawa near Greenwich Village. I have a Tito’s on the rocks with three olives or a martini, same way, followed by vegetables and some type of protein to keep it clean. I’m usually asleep by 11pm (though my husband says 10.30pm).

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Favourite way to get to work?

I want to say walk or ride a bike but I’m always in a rush and often have so many things to bring with me. I do love having a driver for when I go into the city, because I like working in the back of the car.

The iconic Empire State Building rises above the streets of Midtown Manhattan. SHUTTERSTOCK

Where do you take visiting friends?

If they’ve never been here, I’d suggest a double-decker bus to get a quick view of the city. Then, if it’s a nice day, a buggy ride in Central Park. We’d walk the High Line, have lunch at Cookshop or Friedman’s in Chelsea Market, drinks at Soho House and dinner at Balthazar.

Best spot for a 10am coffee?

Sant Ambroeus in SoHo. It’s a great place to see the cool crowd and eat awesome avocado toast.

The High Line walk on the elevated former New York Central Railroad is perfect for a Sunday stroll. pidjoe

Favourite cultural activity?

The Jewish Museum, then Russ & Daughters for brunch.

Nicest Sunday walk?

Definitely the High Line and the West Side Highway along the Hudson.

When getting around New York, don’t risk the ire of angry locals – always stay to the right of stairs or escalators. Michael Nagle

Best day trip from the CBD?

Sag Harbor in the Hamptons is one of my favourite spots: the mansions are awesome. I love the vibe of the small town. There’s Lulu’s Kitchen & Bar, and Sag Pizza has just opened. They have coal oven pizza and the crust is imported from Italy – crispy and thin.

In New York, you should never …

Stand on the left side of the escalator or stairs. If you do, you will get yelled at or pushed off.

Yellow cabs in New York’s iconic Times Square. Brown is a fan of working from the back of a car. SHUTTERSTOCK

Best place for an overseas escape?

I have a few: the Bahamas, hands down, for the white sand and turquoise waters; Paris for the culture and the food, especially steak tartare; London because I’m an obsessed Anglophile. My favourite restaurant there is Scott’s in Mayfair – amazing Dover sole and martinis.




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