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New York Pops Season
October - April
Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and Seventh Ave., Manhattan, NY 10019 The New York Pops' season kicks off in October and runs through April. For the complete lineup of performances and tickets, visit newyorkpops.org.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November - December
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave, Manhattan, NY 10020 This iconic song-and-dance extravaganza, featuring the legendary Rockettes, is one of the holiday season's must-see attractions. This year's show combines such classic scenes as "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "New York at Christmas" with all-new numbers and cutting-edge digital projection and digital mapping technology, which transforms Radio City Music Hall's interior into a giant canvas. For more information, visit radiocitychristmas.com.
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Train Fair
November - February
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan, NY 10017 The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal is back with its 13th annual Holiday Train Show, whose layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene. Vintage trains from the museum's collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama's North Pole. For more information, visit grandcentralterminal.com.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
November 17th - December 24th
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan, NY 10017 If you want the holiday-fair experience but don't feel like braving the cold, head to Grand Central Terminal for the best of both worlds. The Grand Central Holiday Fair offers a diverse mix of products in an elegantly decorated environment—all in the warmth of Vanderbilt Hall. For more information, visit grandcentralterminal.com.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Columbus Circle, W. 59th St. and Broadway, Manhattan, NY NYCGO Logo Central Park is a favorite holiday destination for many, both for its carriage rides through the snow and for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Located at the southwest entrance of Central Park, the fair is back this season, bringing crafts and gifts for all ages from more than 100 vendors. For more information, visit urbanspacenyc.com.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
November 28th - January 7th
Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th to West 51st Sts. bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves.), Manhattan, NY 10020 It doesn't get much more picture-postcard NYC Christmas than the sight of the stately Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, towering above the ice rink below, all decked out in its finest holiday bling. Things get festive on on November 28th, when thousands of revelers fill the area for the lighting of this year's Norway spruce. A star-studded lineup, usually hosted by NBC anchors (like Al Roker), provides plenty of live entertainment. The crowning moment comes when the switch is flipped and the Swarovski star–topped tree's tens of thousands of (energy-efficient LED) lights come alive. Expect plenty of "oohs" and "ahs" from the crowd. If you can't make it to the big event, worry not—you can see the tree (and snap plenty of photos of it) through January 7.
Lighting of the World's Largest Menorah
December 2nd - 10th
Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, Manhattan, NY 10019 Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel) to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights. Saturday's lighting starts at 8:30pm, when the Sabbath ends.
New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop
Times Square, Manhattan Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with the annual Times Square Ball Drop. Nothing compares with the exhilaration of watching the fete from the streets, plus you can catch music and other performances before and after midnight. It's best to get to Times Square as early as possible in the day; street closures begin during the midafternoon and the choicest spots are usually filled by 3pm or earlier. For more information, visit timessquarenyc.org.
9/11 Tribute Center
120 Liberty Street (between Church & Greenwich Sts.) NY 10006
The 9/11 Tribute Center offers visitors a historic timeline, celebrates the community, honors the aftermath of rescue and recovery, shares a personal memorial tribute from 9/11 families. Founded by the September 11th Families Association, the 9/11 Tribute Center galleries reveal authentic experiences through films, artifacts and photos. Family members who lost loved ones, survivors, rescue workers, FDNY, NYPD and Lower Manhattan residents share their unique personal stories.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most innovative natural history museums in the world. Journey through the universe in the spectacular Rose Center for Earth and Space. Walk though a re-creation of an African rain forest in the Hall of Biodiversity. See the world’s largest collection of dinosaur and other vertebrate fossils, with more than 600 specimens on display.
Carnegie Hall Tours
881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street), New York, NY 10019
Share the magic of this world-famous concert hall and discover the century-old musical legacy left by the world’s greatest artists. Visitors see the concert hall from various points of view, while guides share the story of why Carnegie Hall was built, and what makes Carnegie Hall unique. Guides also tell how the famed Hall was saved from destruction in 1960, and of the “ Twenty-Eight Week Miracle”: the renovation of Carnegie Hall in 1986. Tours end in the museum and gift shop.
Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals
56 West 56th Street Between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave. New York NY 10019
Experience the full grandeur of Central Park from a cyclist’s perspective. Join our friendly licensed tour guides as they share their knowledge on historical attractions, celebrity homes, movie locations, and any special requests. Central Park Sightseeing offers a variety of high-quality bikes such as: comfort, hybrid, tandem (for two people) bikes, baby seats and baby trailers.
Empire State Building Observation Deck
350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd/34th Streets), New York, NY 10118
For the better part of a century, visitors to the New York have headed straight to the Empire State Building for the thrill of a lifetime: the journey aloft to its fabled Observatory nearly a quarter of a mile above Fifth Avenue. Here you are treated to breathtaking panoramas across the rooftops, avenues and byways of the New York Metropolitan areas, to as far away as four neighboring states.
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
89 East 42 St, (42nd St. and Park Ave.) New York, NY 10017 Pick up audio tour headsets at the specially marked ticket windows on the main Concourse.
In 1913, Cornelius Vanderbilt created a colossal, 49-acre “city within a city” of concrete, steel, and limestone called Grand Central Terminal. With its majestic vaulted Sky Ceiling, a series of Roman-inspired ramps and 60-ft. arched windows, the Beaux Arts terminal is one of the busiest and most beautiful train stations in the world. In 1998, an extensive restoration returned the jewel to its former radiance and polish.
Harlem One Stop Cultural & Heritage Walking and Step-On Group Tour Packages
502 W. 142nd Street, between Amsterdam and Hamilton Place New York, N.Y. 10031
Harlem One Stop (HOS) is the source for information on Harlem’s cultural resources, landmarks, destination points and events. Unique Harlem experiences include art scene & wine tasting, Harlem homes, swing dance lessons, soul food cooking lessons, jazz & nightlife, architectural and historical walking tours – just to name a few.
Meeting location: Near the corner of 15th Street and 9th Ave. Just outside the front entrance of Chelsea Market. Closest subway is A,C,E and L at 14th Street/8th Ave.
Come take a walk on the High Side! Join us for a fun filled adventure on NYC’s only elevated park known as the Highline! The High Line is a 1 mile (1.6 km) New York City linear park built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad on Manhattans West Side.
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280
Explore the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust. Modern Jewish history and culture are presented through first-person accounts and personal objects in the Museum’s unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street (between 5th/6th Avenues), New York
The world’s leading museum of modern art offers a rich program of exhibitions at 11 West 53rd Street. Collection highlights include paintings by such modern masters as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock. Daily film and video screenings and gallery talks are free with admission. Extensive MoMA Bookstore and MoMA Design Store.
NBC Studio Tour
30 Rockefeller Plaza at West 49th Street (between 5th/6th Avenues), New York, NY
Since 1933, NBC has offered this historic tour that takes you through the halls and into the studios of NBC’s New York operations! You will have the opportunity to enter and visit some of our most famous NBC studios like Saturday Night Live, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Football Night in America and MSNBC.
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
1260 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th/51st Streets), New York, NY 10019 The Radio City Stage Door Tour is a one hour walking tour that departs from Radio City Music Hall.
GET AN INSIDERS VIEW of New York’s premier entertainment venue, where the biggest names in show business perform. The Stage Door Tour is the perfect outing for entertainment, history, and theater lovers.
Rockefeller Center Tour
30 Rockefeller Plaza (guests enter on 50th Street, between 5th & 6th Aves). New York, NY 10112
Discover the brilliant history behind the art, design and architecture of Rockefeller Center with the Rockefeller Center Tour! Guests follow seasoned guides and listen through their own personal headset as they are led throughout the famous streets, building and landmarks that make up this wondrous “city within a city”.
420 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
New York City is a shopper’s paradise, and Shop Gotham shopping tours give you insider access, exclusive store discounts and exciting perks not available to the independent fashion shopper. From the charming boutiques of SOHO & NOLITA to the exclusive Wholesale Showrooms of the GARMENT CENTER, shoppers and sightseers alike will love exploring NYC’s best-kept shopping secrets.
SoHo-Little Italy-Chinatown Walking Tour
Spring St & 6 Ave New York, NY 10013
(Meet in the park which is at the southwest corner of the intersection.)
Ready for some authentic Big Apple? It doesn’t get more real than a visit to SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown where different worlds appear just around the corner. Hear stories of immigrant struggles and gang violence in Little Italy and Chinatown as you sample ethnic food.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY
Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of modern architecture is home to one of the world's finest collections of 20th century art. Don't miss walking the grand ramp that curves from the ground to the dome. You'll see masterpieces by such noted artists as Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, and van Gogh, plus changing exhibitions that are always significant and intriguing.
Statue of Liberty Ferry Tickets
Statue Cruises Kiosk, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004
Now you can easily visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument only a short ferry ride from Battery Park. Be sure not to miss the historic halls and galleries at Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants first entered America.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
Visit the Met...see the world! With over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of culture at NYC's most-visited attraction, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the best of human creativity from across the globe—world-famous collections on view ranging from ancient Egyptian treasures to the spectacular New American Wing, plus more than 30 annual special exhibitions, all free with your admission.
Tour at Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Begin your exploration of Lincoln Center at the David Rubenstein Atrium, the new starting point for all guided tours. Get an inside look at what happens on and off the stages of our prestigious venues, which include the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, David H. Koch Theater (previously New York State Theater), Vivian Beaumont Theater, and the dramatically transformed Alice Tully Hall.
Times Square Museum and Visitor’s Center on 7th Avenue (between 46th and 47th) New York, NY 10036
Walkin’Broadway, an Official Times Square Tour is a unique 90-minute Guided Walking Tour with Audio Enhancements. While discovering the Times Square Theater District, each guest will listen to the guide in their own audio headset. The music from Broadway shows and Times Square clubs will have you dancing down Broadway.
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue (corner of 75th Street), New York, NY 10021
The Whitney Museum of American Art is the leading institution of American art and culture of our time, housed in a Marcel Breuer-designed building that is a landmark of modern architecture. The Whitney’s renowned holdings of 20th and 21st-century American art, arguably the finest such collection in the world, include works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Jasper Johns.
PDT (Speakeasy-Style Lounge)
113 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY
PDT is the hot-dog joint for grown-ups. Actually, it’s the cocktail-lounge annex to Crif Dogs, an East Village mainstay known for its deep-fried Jersey-style franks. Accessed through a vintage phone booth within Crif Dogs, PDT (short for Please Don’t Tell) is a snug speakeasy with a twist: Along with its high-quality classic cocktails and a well-chosen selection of beer and wine, patrons can order food from Crif’s kitchen next door.
Kingston Hall (Caribbean-Inspired Cocktail Bar)
149 Second Ave., New York, NY
Don’t look for Bob Marley tapestries or limbo contests here. Kingston Hall is meant to evoke the Caribbean islands’ grand postcolonial style of the mid-sixties. The space, founded by the team behind Ninth Ward and Shoolbred’s, has high, trussed ceilings, fabric-lined walls, a handsome billiards table, two working fireplaces, vintage Bond posters, and a cocktail menu filled with rummy riffs on the kind of drinks that are usually embellished with paper umbrellas. Try the Drunken Coconut ($13): fresh coconut water and Appleton Gold Rum in a coconut shell that’s had its top hacked off by a machete-wielding employee.
The Frying Pan (Bar in Docked Lightboat)
Pier 66, at 26th St. and the West Side Highway, New York, NY
Built in 1929, this historic lightship (one of the few remaining) is said to have spent three years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before being salvaged and brought to Chelsea Piers to become the ultimate waterfront bar. The boat, docked on a railroad car barge, boasts a musty, barnacle-encrusted interior, complete with catwalks and an exposed engine room. The far end of the barge often serves as a moody D.J. lounge and stage for live acts. Booze and burgers are served up on the pier, and a sixteen-foot observation plank offers a fantastic view of activities on the Hudson.
Little Branch (Old-Time Cocktails)
20 Seventh Ave. S., at Leroy St., New York, NY
The third arm of hallowed drinkslinger Sasha Petraske’s empire is a kinder, gentler, larger permutation of its predecessor Milk & Honey: The bartenders wear suspenders, the rules forbid talking loudly or misbehaving, the walls are a warm shade of mustard, and the low ceilings are made from orange-painted sheets of corrugated steel. An old stand-up piano occasionally used by jazz trios also lightens up the subterranean location. Most important, the mixology is rigorous: The staff arrives two hours ahead of opening to squeeze fresh juice, chill glasses, and cut blocks of ice (to keep the drinks from diluting quickly). Name your favorite liquor and they’ll give you an encyclopedic list of old-fashioned cocktails and egg flips that incorporate it.
Death + Co. (Cocktail Bar)
1433 E. 6th St., New York, NY
No, the grim reaper isn’t a partner at this cozy boîte. The proprietors are David Kaplan and Bourgeois Pig owner Ravi DeRossi. Nevertheless, the cocktails are serious. Martinis are served in six-ounce glasses with the remainder poured into iced carafes to stay chilled; smoky, fragrant Oaxaca Old-Fashioneds are made from reposado tequila, mezcal, and agave nectar, then finished off with a flamed orange twist. If you’re unwilling to wait for such concoctions—many are stirred 40 to 50 times and taste-tested by the barkeeps a priori—the bar stocks an array of rare, aged brown liquors. Woody, understated classicism is the look of the place, with tucked suede banquettes under black-granite tables, lit by crystal chandeliers.
Booker & Dax at Momofuko Ssäm Bar (Innovative Cocktails)
207 Second Ave., New York, NY
It’s pretty much everything you expected from the people who brought you cereal-milk soft serves and crack pie. Officially under the guidance of Dave Arnold (who partnered with David Chang), it nonetheless keeps true to Momofuku style. Communal tables are available, but the prime seats are at the bar, watching the bartender chill your glass with a smoking wisp of liquid nitrogen or firing up a glass of cognac with a 1,500-degree hot poker. Fortunately, behind all these gadgets is quality and not gimmick.
The Bar Downstairs (Basement Cocktail Bar)
485 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Sometimes it feels like practically every unmarked door in the city leads to a secret bar, but the Bar Downstairs—which, yes, is through a hotel lobby, down an out-of-the-way staircase, behind a minimalist placard—is less a secret than it is merely elegantly discreet. On the lower level of the Andaz Fifth Avenue, the huge, dark-walled, perfectly lit room is anchored by an airy cooking and drink-making space. Mixologists trained by Alchemy Consulting banter with chefs, guests, and one another while shaking up original (but classically minded) cocktails like the Taken to Task (vodka, lemon juice, orange bitters, and seasonal berries) or the aptly named Mexican Firing Squad (Herradura Blanco Tequila, lime, pomegranate molasses, and Angostura bitters).
Raines Law Room (Speakeasy-Style)
48 W. 17th St., New York, NY
This speakeasy in Chelsea is named for an 1896 law meant to curb New Yorkers’ liquor consumption. Past a door buzzer and a discerning host is the windowless space, which nails a sumptuous twenties vibe (Chesterfield furniture, turn-of-the-century wall hangings, and a few bona fide antiques sprinkled in). The cocktail list is packed full of creative, retro numbers like the Arsenic & New Lace (gin, Lillet, creme de violette, absinthe) and the Spyglass (rum, orgeat, lemon juice, and Champagne). You’ll have to arrive early to land one of the private tables surrounded by velvet couches and black gauze curtains: Each comes equipped with a wall buzzer to call your waitress when you need her.
304 E. 6th St., New York, NY
The mixology masters behind Death & Company set their sights south of the border with Mayahuel, their East Village homage to mezcal and tequila. The dimly lit cocktail den more closely resembles a Mexican monastery than a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, with dark wooden nooks and a row of bar stools cozied up to backlit shelves encouraging quiet conversation. While the upstairs space gets a bit rowdier, with leather booths and red stained-glass lighting lending a rosy glow to the low-ceilinged room, the downstairs area highlights Mayahuel’s main focus: the drinks. For $13 to $14 a pop, this is agave like you’ve never seen it before, with apple cider, cinnamon bark, lemon, and peychaud bitters; mixed with pomegranate molasses and lime; and stirred up with strawberry and elderflower in a single serving of sangria.
The Rum House (Classic Cocktail Lounge)
228 W. 47th St., New York, NY
The guys behind Tribeca mixology haven Ward III have revived Rum House, midtown’s newest old watering hole. The red-walled and wood-paneled drinking den is accented with nightly piano playing, while the space has been elevated beyond its former existence as a simple, pre-theater hotel bar to a classic cocktail lounge swathed in leather banquettes and lit by glowing candles, obfuscating the hustle of Times Square, which is just around the corner. The cocktails also don't disappoint: classic and strong, and heavy on craftsmanship. The intrigue is found in subtle details, like the burnt orange zest in the smoky Scotch-based Barrymore.
Dream Downtown (Chic Bars)
355 W. 16th St., New York, NY
This sceney Chelsea hotel offers the complete decadent party experience in one building. In the basement: a shabby-chic dance spot, Electric Room, the kind of place where you might spill your beer on a celebrity who’s there to D.J. On the ground floor: Marble Lane, a sleek restaurant at which to impress your prospective client or romantic partner over steaks prepared by Mike Armstrong of Tao Las Vegas. From there, a mirrored elevator rises to PH-D, a rooftop club with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building that attracts the most glittering of the glitterati.
Bemelmans Bar (Classic New York/High-End)
35 E. 76th St., New York, NY
Nowhere is the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie more palpable than in this bastion of post-war decadence: think white-jacket waiters, 24-karat-gold-leaf ceilings, and nickel-trimmed glass tables splayed around the ivories. Settle into a leather banquette and order something strong and adventurous—perhaps with Champagne and cognac or fresh mint and muddled lemons. Murals of frolicking animals painted by bar namesake and former Carlyle Hotel resident Ludwig Bemelmans offer a whimsical counterpoint to what might otherwise be suffocating sophistication. Feel an extra boost knowing you're enjoying pretty much the same thing as the folks across the lobby at Café Carlyle, for a fraction of the cover.
Nougatine (Daytime Cocktails/High-End)
The Terrace at Jean-Georges, 1 Central Park W., New York, NY
With day drinking comes some rather unsavory connotations, usually involving insobriety in a dark, grimy watering hole. Reclaim the venerated pastime with a cocktail at the revamped and now airily streamlined Nougatine, Jean Georges’s more casual sister space. Daily from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., settle in at the Modernist, metallic-accented bar and ask one of the vested, old-school bartenders to fix you a raspberry-litchi Bellini ($18) or JG G&T with Reisetbauer Blue gin—the point here is sophisticated grandeur, not “mixology.” While you drink, eavesdrop on the power players down a stool or two and peep at Central Park passersby out the huge wall of windows.
Campbell Apartment (Historic)
Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY
Tucked away in Grand Central Station, this classy lounge is the restored private office of early twentieth-century tycoon John W. Campbell. On weeknights, the 2,000-square-foot space is a bit overrun with commuters grabbing a Prohibition Punch or the Kentucky Ginger before catching the train home. It’s more fun to go on the weekends or closer to closing time when you can get a seat and sip your Scotch while you pretend you’re in a Hemingway novel. You can also nosh on a small list of pricey “cocktail accompaniments,” like the artisanal-cheese plate, roast-beef sliders, and a variety of desserts.
Rudy's Bar & Grill (Casual Neighborhood Bar)
627 Ninth Ave., New York, NY
Settled in the heart of Hell's Kitchen in the thirties, this dive was "discovered" by the cool kids only during the last decade. Old-timers still drink around the bar, but local youngsters, businessmen, and the ubiquitous hipster element now rule the prime-real-estate red-leather booths. The real draw here has always been dirt-cheap booze (order the house brands, Ruby’s Red and Ruby’s Blonde, by the pint or pitcher) or the increasingly rare jukebox, accepting dollars for your enjoyment.
The Dead Rabbit (Irish Pub/Craft Beers)
30 Water St., New York, NY
New York is lousy with world-class cocktail joints, boutique beer bars, and familial Celtic pubs. It’s rare, however, to find all three under one roof. This Fidi saloon from Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry functions as a kind of new-school, tipsy exaltation to Gotham’s legacy of Irish immigrants. Downstairs, in a sawdust-scattered taproom hung with murals of the 69th Regiment, bartenders pour craft brews (the beer menu changes weekly) and glugs of native whiskey (Connemara, Tullamore Dew). Upstairs, McGarry tends to a list of 72 cocktails that may just be the city’s most ambitious: The rigorously historical menu spans punches, absinthe, nogs, slings, smashes, and more, each dutifully footnoted, thoughtfully prepared.
Salon de Ning
The Peninsula Hotel, 700 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
You will feel like you’ve stepped into 1930′s Shanghai when you walk into this stylish lounge overlooking Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Chic and sophisticated, the East meets West decor is sure to impress the most discerning guest, whether a date, spouse, client–you get the picture. You’ll feel as cool as a cucumber as you sip on the cocktail of the same name or the signature Nina Sling.
621 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
This nightlife hotspot is known for large crowds and loud music. The vibe is a bit different on Wednesdays, however, when Hudson Terrace hosts “Wine Down Wednesday,” a selection of 6 wines from various vineyards.
230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
This massive 22,000 square foot rooftop garden has its own enclosed penthouse lounge and an amazing view of the Empire State Building from several different angles. Misting fans are there to keep you cool in the summer, and heat lamps to keep you warm in the cooler months. Share a large plate, or choose something from the extensive bar menu that has everything from sliders to “longtong” vegetarian rice cakes (Herbal sri racha, crispy shallots, garlic and pickled ginger.) Open to the public from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. 365 days a year, reservations are not necessary since the lounge can seat 1,000 patrons at a time. Despite its size, however, this place gets packed.
The Brass Monkey
55 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
It may be the homey Irish fare or the 90 draft and bottled beers to choose from that make the Brass Monkey a local fave, but it’s the perfectly poured Guinness that keeps patrons coming back to this Meatpacking District bar. We recommend sipping that perfect pint of Guinness outside while taking in a view of the city. The food is good and the drinks are a lot less pricey than many other rooftop bars.
The Crow’s Nest at the Water Club
East River & 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Located on the upper deck of The Water Club, The Crow’s Nest offers a casual outdoor setting with spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River. The outdoor menu offers a decent beer, wine and cocktail selection in addition to pitchers of Sangria and Hawaiians (Malibu & Myer’s rum punch). If you’re hungry, snack on various casual bites, from raw bar items, lobster sliders, chicken and vegetable “buzzitos” (organic tortilla, poblano & red peppers, herbs & spices, pepper jack cheese and Spanish onions), to burgers.
Upstairs at the Kimberly
The Kimberly Hotel, 145 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022
You may think you’re in Heaven if you find yourself stargazing 30 stories above the Kimberly Hotel at their penthouse lounge. Three separate indoor/outdoor atmospheres complete the 3,000 square foot venue making it possible to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the iconic Chrysler Building in both winter and summer. Eclectic cocktails (including ‘the Electrolyte,’ new for this season) and small plates are served nightly.
Pool Lounge at The Dream Downtown
346 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011
The latest luxury project from the Chatwal family, The Dream Downtown Hotel and its pool lounge are expected to soft-open on June 15. Operated by TAO Strategic Group (Lavo, Avenue, Marquee), expect a strict door policy before your dreams come true. Promising a South of France vibe, the pool includes a real sand beach and a translucent bottom which can be viewed from the lobby. Look for the rooftop club, PhD, to open soon.
Four at Yotel
570 10th Ave., New York, NY 10036
This futuristic Japanese hotel features the largest outdoor hotel space in the city, with capacity for 400. Snag a cabana with a fire pit or a lounge chair near the DJ booth. Two large bars keep the crowd happy, serving 2-liter growlers of Stella, Sam Adams or Ichiban, along with punches and cocktails such as sake sangria. Although you’re only on the fourth floor, you can still enjoy the fact that you’re high above the throngs of Times Square West.
Gansevoort Park Rooftop
420 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016
Bringing a touch of Miami to Park Avenue, the Gansevoort Park Rooftop is officially open for parties this summer. The tri-level roof features an indoor/outdoor pool deck, lounge areas and outdoor balconies with stunning views of the Empire State Building. Operated by Provocateur owners Mike Satsky and Brian Gefter, expect a hot lineup of DJs and a tight velvet rope to get past before you join the fun upstairs.
Jimmy at The James Hotel
15 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013
Sporting teak deck chairs, cotton chaise lounges and a wading pool, Jimmy has a 360-degree view of Soho that stretches to the Brooklyn Bridge. An intimate indoor bar also offers plenty of plush seating. Enjoy drinks like the Mexican Honey Bee (reposado tequila, orange flower, honey, mezcal, lemon and lavender bitters) and prime people-watching.
Eleven Madison Park (Fine Dining)
11 Madison Ave, (at 24th St), New York, NY
Swiss chef Daniel Humm mans the kitchen at this vast Art Deco jewel, which began life as a brasserie before evolving into one of the city’s most rarified and progressive eateries. The service is famously mannered, and the room among the city’s most grand. But the heady, epic tasting menus are the true heart of Eleven Madison Park, a format that spotlights Humm’s auteur instincts. Tableside flourishes are part of the fun: Look out for even more dazzling showmanship—including one dish presented by way of a sleight of hand trick—when the restaurant relaunches its tasting menu format in fall of 2012.
The NoMad (Tasting Menu/Seasonal/French)
1170 Broadway, (at 28th St), New York, NY
The luxurious setting, flawless service, and preponderance of foie gras and truffles call to mind an haute cuisine titan. But with its fashionable crowd and cool, voluptuous vibe there are clearly some young Turks behind the wheel. Chef Daniel Humm and William Guidara, the celebrated team behind Eleven Madison Park, turn the music up for their sophomore venture in the NoMad Hotel. Ditching EMP's tasting-menu-only format, Humm takes a more democratic approach with an à la carte menu of seasonal, French-inflected fare. The food, like the space, exudes unbuttoned decadence. A poached egg stars in one over-the-top starter, its barely contained yolk melting into a sweet, velvety soup of brown butter and Parmesan, with shaved white asparagus and toasted quinoa for crunch. And while there are plenty of rich-man roasted chickens for two in New York, the bird here—with a foie gras, brioche and black truffle stuffing under the skin—is surely the new gold standard. Try it with the sweet amber Le Poulet, a Brooklyn Brewery ale designed to be paired with the designer fowl.
Momofuku Ko (Asian/Tasting Menu)
163 First Ave, (between 10th and 11th Sts), New York, NY
Make it through the reservations ringer (the system mandates booking six days in advance, at 10am, only via momofuku.com) to gain access to chef David Chang’s minimal 12-seat spot. Here, the chefs double as waiters, serving eight or so dazzling courses from behind a counter. The ever-evolving menu features raw fluke, in a coating of tangy, mellow buttermilk, poppy seeds and sriracha chili sauce. A frozen foie gras torchon is brilliantly shaved over lychee puree and pine-nut brittle. Ko’s embrace of dessert may signal Chang’s high-end arrival. A panna cotta made from milk that’s been mingling with cornflakes is nothing short of genius.
Annisa (Fine Dining)
13 Barrow St , (between Seventh Ave South and W 4th St), New York, NY
A fire shut down chef Anita Lo’s sparely apppointed West Village flagship, but the restaurant’s rebirth makes it once again worthy of citywide buzz. Lo’s complex, refined food—much of it inspired by her global eating adventures—is more exciting than ever. From the Japanese canon there’s a tuna starter: a shimmering tartare on one side and grilled belly seasoned with yuzukosho (a condiment made from hot peppers and yuzu) on the other. Lo’s reverence for French technique comes through in a veal loin entrée, drizzled with truffled veal jus, oyster cream sauce and brown butter. Her desserts are as nuanced as everything else: Conclude with crispy beignets filled with warm salted butterscotch.
31 W 17th St , (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), New York, NY
This Portuguese eatery is a low-key stage for one of the city’s most original chefs: George Mendes. While the minimalist space is restrained, the food certainly isn’t. Tender baby cuttlefish is the centerpiece of a complex starter featuring coconut curry broth, sea beans, bonito flakes and mint. More-traditional fare also gets an haute spin. Beautiful garlicky shrimp alhinho are finished with an intense shrimp-and-brandy reduction. Desserts strike the same rustic-refined balance. Among the simple pleasures: custard-soaked brioche served with pink-peppercorn ice cream and blood orange gelée.
wd-50 (Molecular Gastronomy)
50 Clinton St, (between Rivington and Stanton Sts), New York, NY
Obviously, Wylie Dufresne’s parents never scolded him for playing with his food. His far-fetched innovations can be found in riffs on the humble (air-puffed pizza pebbles) and the exalted (a creamy ribbon of foie gras slips down the throat with barely a twitch of the jaw). Although the 12-course tasting menu could be pared down (it’s possible to become blasé by the time the coffee-coated chicory ice cream arrives), you’ll still end the meal grateful Dufresne’s caprices were indulged.
Le Bernardin (French)
155 West 51st Street , New York, New York 10019
Dining doesn't get much more "blissful" than at this "sublime" Midtown French seafooder via Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, a near "religious experience" where "exquisite" meals, "meticulous" service and an "impressive", revamped room have again earned it Top Food and Most Popular honors in NYC; granted, the tabs are equally "extraordinary" – the prix fixe–only dinners start at $135 – but then again, it's "fabulous in every way"
Bar Americain (Southern/French)
152 W. 52nd St., between 6th and 7th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY
Celeb chef Bobby Flay's largest Manhattan restaurant is the soaring Bar Americain. The 200-seat two-story space looks like a dining room on a luxury liner. This is not food for the faint-of-heart: Flay piles on the butter, cream, and endless varieties of bacon. Southern-inflected brasserie fare includes deviled eggs with smoked shrimp, chicken with hatch-green-chili spoon bread and black-pepper vinegar sauce, and duck confit flavored with a bourbon-based sauce and fig chutney. Slightly naughtier are the éclairs piped with whiskey-infused pastry cream and burnished with a burnt-sugar glaze. Brunch, featuring dishes like biscuits and cream gravy with sausage and scrambled eggs, is delicious.
355 W. 46th St., between 8th and 9th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY
An ingenious concept makes Becco a prime Restaurant Row choice for time-constrained theatergoers. There are two pricing scenarios: one includes an all-you-can-eat selection of antipasti and three pastas served hot out of pans that waiters circulate around the dining room; the other adds a generous entrée to the mix. The pasta selection changes daily, but often includes gnocchi, fresh ravioli, and fettuccine in a cream sauce. The entrées include braised veal shank, grilled double-cut pork chop, and rack of lamb, among other selections.
Ellen's Stardust Diner (American Diner)
1650 Broadway, at 51st St. Midtown West, New York, NY
If you haven't had enough Broadway singing and dancing, you'll get a kick out of Ellen's, a retro, 1950s-style diner, complete with a singing waitstaff. The menu focuses on all-American classics like meat loaf and chicken potpie, and the waiters and waitresses serenading you on roller skates have the talent to prove this restaurant is right on Broadway. It's the kind of over-the-top family-style fun that you'd expect from the close-to Times Square location so don't expect a sophisticated—or quiet—dining experience.
200 W. 44th St., between Broadway and 8th Ave. Midtown West, New York, NY
Savvy New Yorkers line up early for the affordable family-style meals at this large, busy Midtown eatery. Family photos line the walls, and there's a convivial feeling amid all the Times Square hubbub. Don't be fooled: Carmine's may be huge, but it fills up with families carbo-loading for a day of sightseeing or a night of theater on Broadway. Hungry diners are rewarded with mountains of such popular, toothsome viands as fried calamari, linguine with white clam sauce, chicken parmigiana, and veal saltimbocca.
Havana Central (Cuban)
151 W. 46th St., between 6th and 7th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY
This is a great place for reasonably priced group dining and for sampling Cuban-Latino standards like garlicky chicken, hearty oxtail stew, guava-glazed pork ribs, pinapple-spiked chicken, and well-seasoned skirt steak with a cucumber-and-mango salad. There's a huge list of rums and a full menu of tropical-flavored mojitos, including coconut, blueberry, and passion fruit.
856 9th Ave., between 55th and 56th Sts. Midtown West, New York, NY
Lunchtime is the right time to sample the mezze-like dishes at this cozy Hell's Kitchen Mediterranean market and wine bar. The sampler plates are loaded with choices like hummus and baked beets. Lentil tapenade and roasted Brussels sprouts can be a meal unto themselves or a prelude to hot dishes like savory turkey meatballs and cilantro chicken. Check out the affordable weekend brunch, which includes Greek, Turkish, Dutch, Spanish, and Balkan options. And if you like something enough, you might be able to nab it in the market on your way out.
La Bonne Soupe (French)
48 W. 55th St., between 5th and 6th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY
Midtown office workers and in-the-know out of towners keep this French restaurant bustling for the ever-popular La Bonne Soupe special—you get a bowl of their excellent soup with bread, salad, a beverage (house wine, beer, soda, or coffee), and dessert for $19.50. À la carte options include bistro classics like crepes, omelets, salads, quiche, sandwiches, and croque madame and monsieur. It's not the hippest place in town but you'll leave feeling satisfied. There's often a line at lunchtime but there are two floors of tables so you won't go hungry for long.
Plaza Food Hall by Todd English (Food Hall/Eclectic)
1 W. 59th St., at 5th Ave. Midtown East, New York, NY
At the Plaza Food Hall in the basement of the Plaza Hotel, celeb chef Todd English oversees a series of mini-restaurants, each with its own counter with seating ideal for a quick snack or a full-fledged meal. Entry is a little confusing; though the place is made up of individual food concepts, you'll be seated by a hostess at any available counter. One you're settled, get up and survey your choices, then sit down and place one order from your waiter. There's a glistening raw bar, a burger joint, and a wood-burning pizza station where you can sample some of English's iconic pies, such as fig and prosciutto.
Gahn Mi Oak (Korean)
43 W. 32nd St., between 5th Ave. and Broadway Midtown West, New York, NY
The deconstructed industrial design, inexpensive 24-hour menu, and late-night hours attract a young, stylish crowd—there are even photos on the menu to help bleary-eyed revelers order. Every item on the limited menu goes well with soju, a Korean spirit, or beer. Korean-style fried mung-bean pancakes with scallions, onions, carrots, and ground pork are addictive, and the kimchi is renowned. Try the sul long tang, a milky ox-bone soup with thin slices of beef, rice, and noodles that is reputed to be an effective hangover cure.
Tulcingo de Valle (Authentic Mexican)
665 10th Ave., near 47th St. Midtown West, New York, NY 10036
This authentic Mexican grocery and restaurant serves tacos, tortas, and Pueblan specialties seven days a week from breakfast until dinner. There menu is made up of delights like the cemita, a sesame bun piled high with mild white cheese, whole chipotle peppers, roasted meat, avocado, and papalo, cilantro's peppery cousin. The real star, though, is the massive chicken mole poblano platter served with rice, beans, guacamole, and tortillas. Look for daily specials.
150 E. 50th St., Midtown East, New York, NY
With a delightful dining room splashed with bright colors and flattering lighting, and executive chef and owner Gary Sikka's brightly seasoned dishes, Mint has joined the ranks of the best Indian restaurants in town. The large menu includes rarely encountered specialties from Goa and Sikkim. Freshly grilled, moist ground lamb kebabs deliver a slow burn to the palate. Chili heat punctuates other spices in the lamb vindaloo, resulting in a well-rounded array of savory flavors. Finish with carrot pudding with saffron and coconut flakes.
Katz's Deli (New York Deli)
205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St), New York, NY
It would not have been possible for Katz’s Delicatessen to survive three depressions, numerous recessions, and two World Wars if we weren't the best in NYC. Since opening in 1888, Katz’s Deli has maintained the tradition of quality that made us a beloved deli among the immigrants who crowded into the Lower East Side one hundred years ago. Generation after generation has stood before the carvers, watching as they skillfully slice a pile of pastrami, turkey, or corned beef by hand. It’s the exceptional taste that has carried our name far beyond NYC. Over the last century, a lot has changed- the skyline, technology- but Katz's Delicatessen has been a cooking up the same food for 125 years, and will continue for years to come.
Carnegie Deli (New York Deli)
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY
Founded in 1937, the world famous Carnegie Deli is a true New York City landmark situated in Midtown on 7th Avenue at 55th Street. All of our meats are smoked and cured in our own plant. We are family owned and operated and also bake our world famous cheesecake and desserts here. Our walls of fame are filled with pictures of celebrities, dignitaries, athletes, out-of-towners and our most important customer, you!
Shake Shack - Theater District (Burgers/Shakes)
691 8th Avenue (8th Ave & 44th St), New York, NY
Just a burger’s throw from Broadway’s leading theaters, the Theater District Shake Shack made its debut in July 2010, taking center stage in Midtown Manhattan’s West Side. Guests can drop in for their Shack fix pre- and post- show, as well as lunch, dinner and anytime in between. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a front row seat to all the action, color and mesmerizing neon lights.
151 W. 34th St., New York, NY
America's biggest department store sits majestically on West 34th Street in Herald Square, and given its nine floors and more than 1 million square feet of space, you might want to set aside a few hours to explore the grandiose retail spectacle. Thousands of tourists and locals pass through its revolving doors daily to peruse and purchase from the store's seemingly endless selection of clothing, cosmetics, housewares, furniture and more. Macy's is also known for its beloved Thanksgiving Day parade, which fills the City's streets with an audience of more than 3 million people, while another 44 million watch the star-studded procession at home.
1000 Third Ave., New York, NY
It's nearly impossible to walk through New York City without seeing at least one of the recognizable Big (or Little) Brown Bags from Bloomingdale's. The store is a must-see for fashionistas of all stripes, offering both pricey luxury designs and more contemporary and affordable items. Bloomingdale's is now almost 125 years old, starting as a single store in Midtown Manhattan and ultimately growing to a national brand, but there's still nothing like a shopping spree in the huge original "Bloomie's," with its characteristic black-and-white checkered marble floor and all-around luxe atmosphere. Its selection is the most extensive for younger or trendier women, but with eight floors of merchandise, there's plenty to be purchased for men, children and the home, too.
Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave., New York, NY
Barneys is another quintessential New York shopping experience, thanks in part to creative director Simon Doonan and his imaginative, intriguing window displays. After admiring his handiwork, head inside to gawk at the nine floors of wearable eye candy—from hundreds of top designers, like Chloé and Christian Louboutin, and even eco-friendly brands like Loomstate and Stella McCartney Organic—as well as cosmetics, jewelry, stationery and more. After working up a shopping-induced appetite, settle in for a meal on the ninth floor at Fred's, which prides itself on its fresh, farm-to-chef products and is a magnet for celebs and "ladies who lunch."
754 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
The epitome of a high-end Midtown department store, Bergdorf Goodman fills the grandiose Vanderbilt mansion, a fitting home for its merchandise of unparalleled luxury and elegance—the couture floors' dressing rooms even have Central Park views. Browse hundreds of designer fashions, from Alexander McQueen to Zac Posen, and an especially large selection of accessories. Indulge even further on the penthouse floor, where the John Barrett salon offers a variety of beauty services, which include standards like haircuts, coloring, updos, makeup applications and manicures, as well as a few special offerings like eyelash extensions.
Lord & Taylor
424 5th Ave, New York, NY
Some things never go out of style, like the classic department store Lord & Taylor. The gorgeous flagship store on Fifth Avenue—named a landmark in recent years—has an ever-changing stock of solid brands like BCBG Max Azria, BCBGeneration, Michael Michael Kors, Milly, Nanette Lepore and Kate Spade, and is a great place to get high-quality essentials such as day-to-evening dresses and winter coats. The unassuming salespeople make for one of the calmest shopping experiences in the city.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 5th Ave, New York, NY
Saks Fifth Avenue was the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel, who operated independent retail stores on New York's 34th Street at Herald Square in the early 1900s. Their dream was to construct a unique specialty store that would become synonymous with fashionable, gracious living. The combined financial input of these great merchant families led to the purchase of a site between 49th and 50th Streets on upper Fifth Avenue, then jointly occupied by the Democratic Club and the Buckingham Hotel. With the opening of its founders' "dream store" on September 15, 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue became the first large retail operation to locate in what was then primarily a residential district. By offering the finest quality men's and women's fashions, as well as an extraordinary program of customer services, Saks Fifth Avenue has become the byword for taste and elegance.
Tiffany & Co.
727 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
The world-famous jewelry shop, as renowned for its signature (and trademarked) blue as for its lavish accessories, has its flagship store in a bank-like building on Fifth Avenue. The centerpiece of films and many a marriage proposal, Tiffany specializes in diamond and sterling silver jewelry. The store also shows off a range of silverware and elegant stationery, which constituted its original stock in its pre-jewelry days—so, after the proposal, brides can pick up their wedding invitations and get a head start on their registry.
767 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
The oldest toy store in America, FAO Schwarz has been bringing specialty toys to kids since 1862 and continues to provide quality items from around the world. Children (and adults who are still children at heart) will find countless opportunities for memorable adventures around every corner, whether in the safari of plush stuffed animals, the build-your-own Muppet Whatnot Workshop or the enchanting array of Barbie collectibles and Lego creations. Located near Central Park, at Fifth Avenue and East 58th Street, the New York flagship store is not just a place for shopping but also a place for hands-on fun. Enjoy a favorite New York pastime by dancing on FAO Schwarz's supersize piano, à la Tom Hanks in the movie Big. (Better brush up on how to play "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks.")
Toys "R" Us Times Square
1514 Broadway, New York, NY
Where else on Earth is there a full-size Ferris wheel inside a toy store? The Toys "R" Us in Times Square is guaranteed to offer a shopping experience unlike any other you've ever had, with a 20-foot-tall animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex and a life-size Barbie Dream House. That's not to mention the thousands of toys all over the store that kids can ogle and try out—the video game stations are an especially big hit. Remember the day forever with a special photo, taken by employees around the store, in front of a child's favorite display or with a character in costume.
100 W. Broadway at 33rd Street, New York, NY
Manhattan Mall is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, 1/2 block from the Empire State Building, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Our anchor tenant JCPenney is on the lower level and the main and upper floors are home to dozens of individual retailers to satisfy every shopper's need.
Shopping in Times Square
Times Square, New York, NY
Times Square is emerging as a premier destination for fashionistas with such internationally-known stores as Forever 21, American Eagle, Disney, Levi’s, Billabong, Quicksilver and MAC. Make-up and beauty fanatics have Sephora, MAC, L’Occitane and Inglot to choose from as well.