Since they retired from their royal duties and moved to Montecito in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken several trips to New York City.
Most recently, Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, made headlines when they traveled to a politically charged event at the UN in memory of the late Nelson Mandela. But after a fancy date night, the couple was later spotted leaving Locanda Verde, a popular Tribeca restaurant owned by Chef Andrew Carmellini.
Meghan wrote an ode to New York City back in 2014 in a blog post that was featured on her former lifestyle blog, The Tig, two years before she met Prince Harry.
Going to the United States soon? If you’ve been to New York City before or are planning a trip there for the first time, keep reading to learn about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s favorite restaurants, hotels, parks, and other hotspots.
Where do Harry & Meghan stay in NYC?
The Carlyle, Upper East Side
The Carlyle is where the Duke and Duchess typically stay when they are in New York. The five-star resort has a long history of receiving royal approval; not only was it reportedly Princess Diana’s favorite hotel, but Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla also visited in 2005, as did Harry’s brother the Duke of Cambridge and his wife Duchess Kate.
The Ludlow, Lower East Side
In her Insider’s Guide to New York blog post on The Tig before Meghan met Harry, the actress praised The Ludlow’s “perfectly styled rooms, the welcoming lounge, and breathtaking rooftop.”
She continued, “It really is an LES treasure, and I can’t wait to call home when I’m in the city again.”
Where do Harry & Meghan eat in NYC?
Locanda Verde, Lower Manhattan
Prince Harry and Meghan were spotted entering the popular eatery Locanda Verde on their most recent trip to New York. Robert De Niro owns the eatery, which is located in Lower Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood and serves soul-satisfying urban Italian cuisine.
According to their website, since 2009, their busy corner restaurant has welcomed New Yorkers morning, noon, and night with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a leisurely Italian spirit, and heartfelt cooking. It makes sense why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoy it.
Dirty French, Lower East Side
The Lower East Side’s trendy The Ludlow hotel houses Dirty French on the ground floor. The food is handled carefully here, Meghan wrote in The Tig. “Because you don’t come here if you’re just looking for a snack,” the waiter said, referring to plates like duck a la orange and cote de bouef for two.
Even better, Katz’s Delicatessen, the city’s renowned no-frills deli known for serving mile-high pastrami sandwiches since 1888, is nearby.
Contra, Lower East Side
The Duchess adores Contra’s eclectic Michelin-star menu for its seasonal, locally sourced, five-star quality. The former Suits actress wrote on The Tig: “Whatever they’re serving today is delicious and unlike anything you’ve ever had before. It’s difficult to describe the food at Contra (they like to call it “contemporary New York cuisine”).
Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side
The fluffy blueberry, banana-walnut, and brioche french toast from CSBC were praised in Meghan’s blog post. The restaurant serves its full menu all day, including dinner, so you know where to go if you ever have a craving for breakfast at 9 p.m.
What do Harry & Meghan do in NYC?
Yoga High, Lower East Side
The Duchess of Sussex is a strong proponent of maintaining both physical and mental health, a belief shared with her mother Doria Ragland, a former yoga instructor. Meghan has frequently discussed the advantages of yoga and is even said to have had a studio constructed inside Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor home where she previously resided with husband Prince Harry and infant son Archie Harrison.
The Lower East Side was Meghan’s favorite place to practice yoga in New York City, where she would “slow down, take a breather, and take a class at Yoga High.”
Finding a great yoga studio is essential because it will allow you to slow down for an hour or so while you are in New York City. The best studio is in the Lower East Side, and it is called Yoga High.
Central Park, Manhattan
One of “the few reasons [Meghan] loves New York” was her morning jog through Central Park, according to Meghan in the past. The famous 843-acre green space that blooms between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Upper West Side is just as much a destination for tourists as it is a gathering place for New Yorkers.
If you’re traveling to the Big Apple for the first time, Central Park should be on your “must-see” list. It’s a place where locals go for daily runs, families get together, friends drink coffee, and tourists swarm to ice skate in the winter.