New York

Must See
Downtown

Stop by the new Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort Street), housed on the west side in a light-filled, Renzo Piano-designed building. We recommend trying the Whitney’s Untitled eatery on the first floor, but restaurants and shopping options abound in this see-and-be-seen area of town.

Uptown

Central Park conveniently parallels some of New York’s best museums. The Neue Galerie, with its delightful Viennese-themed Café Sabarsky, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art rest comfortably along the park’s southeast end, while the American Museum of Natural History flanks the west side. 

The High Line

The High Line is an elevated railway transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s west side. The park features lush horticulture, artworks, seasonal food vendors, and unique views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. The High Line runs between Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Frick Collection

Henry Frick once resided in this 18th-century French-style mansion; now it’s the home of his impressive art collection, which includes Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt, El Greco, Goya, Whistler and more. 

Must Stay
Baccarat Hotel New York

Sophisticated hotel set in the first 12 floors of a 50-story tower conveniently located opposite the Museum of Modern Art.

The Lowell

Refined hotel with a serene residential atmosphere, set along a tree-lined street between Madison and Park avenues, close to many notable museums, galleries and shops.

The Whitby Hotel

Contemporary boutique property featuring Kit Kemp’s imaginative and idiosyncratic style set near Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

Soho Grand Hotel

Located in stylish Soho New York, discover why Soho Grand Hotel is one of the most sought-after luxury boutique hotels Manhattan has to offer.

Must Savor
Aureole

Chef Charlie Palmer celebrates the 30th Anniversary of his flagship restaurant, Aureole, located within the spectacular Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Enjoy cuisines from a prix fixe or chef’s tasting menu in the intimate and elegant dining room. Aureole’s Liberty room offers a more casual experience for a la carte dining. Join them in celebrating their evolution in the New York dining scene this fall.

Babbo

This wonderful Italian restaurant is set in a townhouse on a quiet side street in Greenwich Village. The dynamos behind its success are chef Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich. The downstairs is lively; the more subdued upstairs is one of the most attractive dining rooms in the city. It’s hard to choose a favorite from the primi courses, but the beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and black truffle is a classic. Among the main courses, whole grilled branzino with spring radishes, olives and lemon-oregano jam is a standout. 

Ai Fiori

This elegant offering from chef Michael White is located in the Langham Place hotel on Fifth Avenue. (White also presides over Marea and Osteria Morini.) Look for pastas such as Trofie Nero, Ligurian-style squid’s ink pasta, with a tangy ragout of squid and scallops. The equally outstanding main courses may include halibut with fava bean caponata, chanterelle mushrooms and zucchini purée; or an excellent veal chop with new potatoes, prosciutto and sage. There are more than two dozen wines by the glass. 

Maialino

Located in a corner of the Gramercy Park Hotel, this restaurant has a lively front bar where you can eat casually, and a slightly more formal main dining room. The wide selection of salumi presents several possibilities for starters, as does the list of appealing American and Italian cheeses. The many pastas include tonnarelli with Pecorino cheese and black pepper. Among the main courses, do not miss the suckling pig.

Le Bernardin

This beautiful, serene dining room houses the city’s finest seafood restaurant. A Midtown oasis run by delightful owner Maguy Le Coze, it attracts business tycoons brokering their deals. They also come for chef Eric Ripert’s extraordinary food. The innovative menu is divided into three categories: “Almost Raw,” “Barely Touched” and “Lightly Cooked.” Among the highlights are yellowfin tuna carpaccio with Iberico ham “chutney,” sea beans and lemon-inflected extra-virgin olive oil; and sautéed Dover sole accompanied by almond-pistachio-barberry golden basmati rice with a Chardonnay-shallot emulsion. Closed Sunday.

’21’ Club

Set on an otherwise undistinguished block west of Fifth Avenue, this legendary establishment is the embodiment of a congenial club, with a ground-floor lounge and the bar/restaurant itself, plus a long curved bar. The menu here and in the upstairs dining room features favorites such as the ‘21’ Caesar salad, chicken hash, Dover sole grilled or sautéed, and, from the grill, a 14-ounce 28-day-aged rib eye. The wine cellar contains more than 1,300 selections. Closed Sunday

Gotham Bar and Grill

In a city where restaurateurs invariably leverage their success, Alfred Portale is greatly admired. He stands steadfast in one place and continues to create wonderful food that is straightforward and delicious. The menu changes seasonally, but among the starters, you can generally find a decadent tuna tartare. The second courses always include a risotto: A recent offering was filled with red shrimp, English peas, pea tendrils, pancetta and a Manzanilla sherry emulsion. Among the third courses, the grilled aged New York steak is served with a custard of Dijon mustard, Vidalia onion rings and a Bordelaise sauce. 

The Grill

Major Food Group took over the Four Seasons space and has bettered the original. The iconic restaurant’s Grill Room has been reborn as The Grill. The real transformation here is on chef Rich Torrisi’s menu, a just-this-side-of-ironic homage to midcentury American fine dining. Showy tableside service includes a prime rib cart and chefs wearing sky-high toques behind a lavish buffet table. 

Must Try These Swanky NYC Bars:
BlackTail

In a harborside building at Manhattan’s southern tip, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, who brought “Gangs of New York’’ to life with The Dead Rabbit back in 2013, have launched this glamorous throwback to 1920s Havana. As the novella built into the menu recounts, it was a time when a thirsty American could escape Prohibition by cruising to boozy Cuba, like a tipsy latter-day Columbus. And in fact, the explorer is featured in a reproduction of an 1847 John Vanderlyn painting behind the bar. Rumba music, palm trees, a glowing stained-glass ceiling and a case of Cuban cigars (for display only) evoke that freewheeling era.

Drinks: Juggling jiggers, the bar staff is so showmanlike, they remind you of a speakeasy version of Tom Cruise in “Cocktail.” Every drink is an update of a classic. The gin-based celery sour delivers the snappy astringency of its namesake vegetable overlaid with pineapple, vanilla and creamy Greek yogurt. The heady Pendennis Club blends earthy, grassy rhum agricole and pisco with sansho pepper, macadamia and herbal liqueur. They might sound strange, but they work deliciously.

Chumley’s

Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay—in the 1920s, these and other writers lingered at this West Village speakeasy. By the early 2000s, the place was a dive. Not anymore. Alessandro Borgognone of Sushi Nakazawa has reopened it as a high-class hideaway for literary nostalgists. The chocolate-brown leather banquettes are bordered in the covers of books by former regulars, who peer out from framed photographs hung on ornately papered walls. Dinner is reservations-only. But if you can find the joint’s unmarked entrance, you can sit right down at the bar.

Drinks: Cocktail genius and Chumley’s manager Jessica Duré makes superb use of her Vitamix blender. Gin, aquavit, tarragon liqueur, arugula and citrus juices, and poppyseed-agave syrup roll up into the Mrs. Easy, a nutty, grassy elixir that tastes dastardly and virtuous at once. Duré specializes in scotch and soda. The Ol’ Poet’s Smoke, with peaty Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, amaro, honey and lemon, could cure a bard’s sore throat.

Cecconi’s

The drink goes down as easily as the sun, which you can watch set over downtown Manhattan from a riverside table at the new Dumbo branch of the SoHo House’s global restaurant group. If the weather is inclement, the chandeliered dining rooms are none too shabby, either.  Drinks: The glassware of summer 2017 is heavy cut crystal, and the Old Pal is served in just such a rocks glass. That’s the perfect vessel for a potent yet elegant mix of Vermont-made gin, wormwood-laced Gran Classico Bitter and, surprisingly, French rather than Italian vermouth blanc. The Old Pal is one in a list of Negroni variations at this spot that makes Brooklyn feel like San Remo. They’re still working out the kinks, but if the bus person doesn’t clear the glass you’ve drained of an Aperol spritz, relax and consider yourself lucky to be taking in the ultimate skyline view.

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