My husband and I will be traveling from CA to NY in early Sept (WITHOUT our 3 young kids) and want to experience NY in a non-touristy way. I'd love recommendations for hotels in areas where we can step out and enjoy restaurants, cafes, and furniture shopping (we're not much for the 5th ave shops). We want to be able to walk to most everything (or have subway access nearby).
I'm very specific about hotel rooms: large (for NY standards), ideally floor to ceiling windows for a great view of the city, contemporary decor, good size bathroom with walk-in shower. We're not much for trendy night life, but are looking to make this rare getaway without the kids special.
Hoping to keep it below $400/night. What do you suggest? Also the only thing we would like to see is the WTC Memorial and maybe catch a broadway play. Would also love to find the part of town that has the more affordable furniture shops (vs. designer showrooms). Appreciate any help you can provide.