30 Nov How to Spend a Dazzling Few Days in New York City
Eating in NYC is a great pleasure. Both for the food and the trend forward ambiance. Ralph Lauren’s tony new Polo Bar emanates Upper East Side bravado. The menu is upscale Americana; burgers, grilled fish, and a deluxe corned beef sandwich dripping with house made horseradish coleslaw. Le Bilbouquet is another uptown gem, it’s classic French bistro fare (matched by haute Parisian attitude) is as noteworthy as the glamorous clientele. You won’t find white tablecloths or tufted leather banquets downtown. Here, hipster boites with international flavors abound. Best bets: Santina (Italian), Cosme (Greek), Dirty French (French) or Untitled (American), Danny Meyer’s new restaurant within the futuristic Whitney Museum. The Mandarin Oriental has no shortage of culinary options. At Asiate, Asian elegance meets Big Apple verve. At 35 floors above the Time Warner building, the view is stellar. The menu-inspired riffs on traditional plates-is honest and flavorful.
A Broadway show should top the must-do list of every visitor to New York. Experiencing the power of the stage-and maneuvering through the perma-hustle of Times Square – is a souvenir that will last a lifetime. Love culture? Spend an evening at Lincoln Center of Performing Arts, home to the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater and Metropolitan Opera. For less traditional performances, check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For over a century, this multi-arts space has showcased cutting edge visual, artists, filmmakers, theater and comedy. New York City is rife with old school jazz joints. Bemelmans Bar is, hands down, the best one. A beacon for A-listers, this throwback cabaret lounge (famously decorated with murals by writer and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans of Madeline fame) is at once elegant and entertaining with a nightly lineup that ranges from Broadway headliners to Woody Allen, a Monday night regular accompanied by The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band.
While many spas promise a transformative experience, the MO spa delivers next level pampering that effectively soaks, steams and detoxifies stressed guests into a blissdom. It’s not just the Eastern tinged services (think a four handed Oriental harmony massage) but the harmonious blend of luxurious amenities-(amethyst steam room, vitality pool, rain shower), Zen setting and post treatment euphoria realized in a tea lounge 35 feet above the bustling city street.
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