What Makes Manhattan a Revered Metropolis?

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Director and screenwriter Milos Forman once said, “I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards…New York.”

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New York Hotel Views

The stunning Manhattan skyline view from your room

With some of the most amazing skyline to be found, its no wonder New York hotel rooms are sought after for the view they might offer.

Mandarin Oriental - New York - 35th floor and up

Mandarin Oriental – New York – 35th floor and up

Soak up the skyline, from your tub, with amazing views from Hotel on Rivington

The Standard NY hotel room view

The Standard NY hotel room view

The Standard offers a sweeping view of the city that includes the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.

 

New York Rooftop Bars

What better way to take in the city at night than having a drink (or two) from atop one of the cities many fine rooftop bars. Taking refuge in an urban oasis with the city as your backdrop can create the aura for a perfect evening.

roof top bar NYC - Ides at Wythe hotel

Ides at Wythe Hotel

One of the best ways to take in Manhattan scenery, the Ides at the Wythe Hotel offers an incredible view of the Empire State Building.

 

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W New York Hotel rooftop bar

The W Hotel has been known for amazing accommodations, and lounges, so it’s not surprise their rooftop bar makes the list.

roof top bar NYC - A60 Thompson hotel

roof top bar NYC – A60 Thompson hotel

Popular with celebrities like George Clooney and more, the A60 in Soho is a members only rooftop bar with hotel Sixty Thompson, but guests at the hotel automatically become temporary members to one of the hottest bars in NY.

roof top bar NYC - Kimberley hotel

Kimberley hotel roof top bar

Part of the charm to the rooftop bar at the Kimberley hotel is its old school contemporary design and decor that works so well. With a 360 degree view and retractable roof, the only thing that might prevent you from taking it all in would be if the weather was too cold.

 

The Best Brunch in New York City

NYC brunch

NYC brunch

A quiet brunch in the city’s center is a wonderful way to enjoy the iconic flavors of the city as well as the laid back pace of weekend life in the city. Enjoy some of the finest brunch offerings in the city from those who have provided excellent mid-morning meals for years or perhaps try the offerings of a few notable restaurants branching out into the fun of brunch in the city.

Porsena

Not quite two years old, this up and coming East Village pizza parlor has recently started serving a hearty brunch. Sara Jenkins, owner of Porsena, includes a variety of Mediterranean specialties with dinner including a seared pork chop with polenta or perhaps a more comfortable favorite like French toast with Nutella.  Brunch is served from 11 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. 21 E 7th Street

Nobu Next Door

After fifteen years of delicious dinner experiences in TriBeCa, Drew Nieporent has opened his doors for brunch.  Enjoy a fusion of Japanese with American classics including blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes or perhaps lobster with soba and poached eggs. More traditional sushi dishes and seafood fare are also available on the brunch menu as well. 105 Hudson St.

River Styx

With an industrial edge, the new Greenpoint restaurant by Dennis Spina offers fair that is fanciful and fun, but always delicious. Brunch offerings include Roman egg drop soup, fried eggs with corn and tomato or perhaps the signature nachos, which can easily feed a few individuals at your table.  21 Greenpoint Ave.

ABC Cocina

Enjoy a spicier brunch with the Mexican flavors of ABC Cocina. The brunch menu includes traditional Mexican breakfast favorites like huevos rancheros or perhaps try something more delightful like coconut pancakes. The menu veers away from traditional breakfast favorites, however, with spicy vegetable plates, seafood offerings and fried treats as well. 38 E 19th St.

Corkbuzz

If you’re looking for a lunch with a dash of extra zeal, try Laura Maniec’s wine bar specialties. Food items on the menu include specialties like short rib hash, braised lamb and lobster salad. To add flare to the feast, all bottles of champagne are half off during brunch and a carefully selected wine list for each entrée are priced comfortably at $40 per bottle as well. 13 E 13th St.

Fine Dining in New York City

NYC dining guide

New York is world renown for many things, but chief among the high points of the city are the many fine dining experiences. From celebrity restaurants to chic eateries, there are countless ways to enjoy a delicious meal in style in this city, and the restaurant choices are often just as varied as their locations throughout town.

Benjamin Steakhouse - NYC

Benjamin Steakhouse – NYC

Benjamin Steakhouse

For the best cuts of steak in the city, Benjamin Steakhouse deserves its fine reputation. Only USDA prime beef is served in the steakhouse and it is prepared in six cuts to suit every palate.  The ambiance of the steakhouse certainly adds to the experiences with brass chandeliers, warm wood tones and a vaulted ceiling. Enjoy sitting near the enormous fireplace while gazing out the oversized windows at Grand Central Station.

Aureole - NYC

Aureole – NYC

Aureole

Decadent American food is the course de rigueur at Aureole, and the experience is truly farm to table with only especially selected ingredients used for building dishes suitable for pre or post theatre dinners as well as lunch. Aureole is located in the Bank of America Tower, known for its eco-friendly features, and inside you will find beautiful presentation of food and décor as well as an expansive wine cellar.

River Park - NYC

River Park – NYC

Riverpark

Overlooking the East River, Riverpark is an exciting culinary creation in the heart of Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood. Created by impressive restaurateur Tom Colicchio, it is Chef Sisha Ortúzar who brings the flavors of the modern American selections to life. Enjoy your meal on the garden plaza and the mood of the river as well as the flavor of the dynamic in this one-of-a-kind eatery.

Bouley - NYC

Bouley – NYC

Bouley

The flagship of well-respected restaurateur  David Bouley, Bouley is located in TriBeCa and focuses on creating a French culinary experience that is both whimsical and pure artistry. Only the purest products are used in the creation of bouches, soufflés and other house specialties in this large eatery. Enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of the restaurant as you enjoy an excellent dining experience.

Craft - NYC

Craft – NYC

Craft

When only American comfort food will do, Craft is the New York eatery that can provide this in style. Craft blends the cozy deliciousness of home style favorites with the gourmet preparation and design of high cuisine. With an eye on quality of ingredients, the menu at Craft even lists the farms where certain dishes originated.

Never completely satisfied, the menu is always evolving for the seasons, for the mood of the chef and for the flavor of the city itself. Not sure where to begin? Try the tasting menu to sample full six-courses of delicious wonder.

Best Autumn Experiences of New York City

Autumn New YorkFall in New York is always a great time of the year, with the turn of the season there are all kinds of things to enjoy.

From festivals to fashion, this time of year is a favorite for many. The summer crowds have left, and the holiday crowds haven’t arrived. Besides the leaves changing, here’s some of the activities to look forward to.

Oktoberfest

Toward the end of September, the German heritage of New York City enjoys its time in the spotlight as Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the many beer gardens, taverns and clubs of the city.

Stretching into the beginning of October, Oktoberfest is an annual tradition all over the world, but no city enjoys the fun as much as the endless depth of the New York experience. Look for some of the best Oktoberfest experiences at renowned establishments like Bar 21, Heidelberg, and Loreley’s.

Food and Wine Festival

All of the best tastes of New York come together annually in October’s Food and Wine Festival. Sponsored for the sixth year by The Food Network, signature events of the festival include Rachel Ray’s Burger Bash and Bobby Flay’s Taco and Tequila sampling.

Tickets to special events like this and others including Dale Talde’s dim sum party do sell out quickly, and all proceeds from the event are donated to the Food Bank for New York and Share Our Strength’s campaign for No Kid Hungry.

Verboten

If you like to spend your autumn nights on the wilder side, take yourself to New York City’s newest dance club Verboten is already making news before it even opens its doors.

The club is slated to feature the Fixed, Trouble & Bass and Bespoke posses as well as a range of exclusive DJs and big name partners, the New York club scene has been buzzing for months about the early fall opening of Verboten on North 11th Street.

New York Fall Fashion Week

Fashion is queen in New York all season long, and in September you’ll find the New York City fall fashion shows. Experience designs from promising and established designers throughout the week as the city’s finest come out to sample the latest offering from old favorites and perhaps discover the potential of new talent as well. That’s not to mention that the fashion week is always a chance to see and be seen as well.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

While you may think of it is a way to enjoy the holidays, ice skating at the iconic Rockerfeller Center is actually ideal in the earlier months of the fall season.

Take a turn on the ice for old time’s sake or impress someone special with your slick moves. Now that the rink is open, enjoy the experience now – well before the hordes of tourists appear in November.

Autumn NYC

For a complete list see 101 things to do in New York in Fall.

Top Night Spots in New York City

Night Spots in New York City

There’s no shortage of night spots or night clubs in New York. You could say NYC is the capital.

It would be impossible to list every New York nightclub in one article, so we’re selected a few to share that are our current favorites. It could all change in a week, but here’s where we stand now.

La Piscine

While some rooftop bars can become so crowded they become cliché, or perhaps even uncomfortable for socializing, the rooftop of Hotel Americano is ideal for socializing. The tenth floor rooftop bar seems to always have a comfortable crowd of attractive individuals lounging by the swimming pool enjoying the flavor of hibiscus margaritas.

As the weather cools down, however, the pool is converted to a hot tub, the chairs are coated in sheepskin and even the name changes to Conôsur, an experience complete with fondue and mezcal punch.  Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-525-0000

Marquee

The bouncer controls the entry to Marquee, one of the hottest super clubs in the city. To skip the line and potential hassles, simply buy a ticket to a headliner inside and then be transported to a world of mist, go-go dancing and catwalks. Located in a renovated meatpacking plant, the club’s roof was raised thirty feet over the dance floor creating a wildly open feel. Mingle with Wall Street, some local New York celebrities and other city elite who are always ready for a good time. 289 Tenth Ave., nr. 27th St.

Finale

The wait is worth it for this tufted vault experience. While you may have to hang out in line for up to an hour before you get your turn into the depths of the club (there is a strict one in, one out policy), once inside you’ll be able to enjoy the neon lights, the robot costumers, the women who dance from the ceiling and even Lindsay Lohan and her crew. You might opt to skip the dance floor and instead reserve a table with friends to enjoy the ambiance without the crush. 199 Bowery, at Spring St.

Output

The European flare of the Berlin-style Output breaks the trend of most New York City clubs. With a strong electroclub vibe and an upcoming rooftop experience, Output features an amazing sound system, a unique experiences and a dance floor designed for those who really come to dance – not just look the part. Enjoy the casual vibe of the place right up through the doors of the restroom – which are unisex and potentially wild in their own right. 74 Wythe Ave., at N. 12th St., Williamsburg

nightclubs NYC

NYC nightclubs

Looking for something different? Check Tokya in Midtown, the first NYC club that provides 3D glasses on entry. They have a wild video system that shows trippy shapes that would even make Keannu say ‘whoa’. Tokya is at 40 E 58th St.

Looking for a club that starts earlier? Or just a chill place? You might want to take in EVR, a club with a lounge upstairs, so you can have it both ways. Just south of Bryant Park at 54 W 39th St.

Or try the Sanctuary Ultra Lounge, where its a club, lounge, and restaurant to eat drink and dance. Drop by 132 W 47th St. to see for yourself why it lives up to the name.

 

New York’s Jazz Scene

Smalls jazz club in NYC

While New Orleans may have given life to jazz music, it is New York that has nurtured the genre and truly let it evolve into an art form. To experience New York jazz is to know you’re sampling some of the best, richest cultural experiences in the city – often tucked away from the rest of the hustle and bustle of busy city streets.

Smalls

Historically located in Greenwich Village, this jazz club not only provides classical jazz from artists who are celebrated in the craft, but the club also supports new entries to the world of jazz by hosing two bands per night – many of whom are brand new to the circuit. 183 W. 10th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-252-5091

Village Vanguard

In 2005, this stately old Jazz club turned 70, and it wears the title of the eldest of the jazz clubs with good humor and style – even seven decades later. Often described as the greatest jazz club in the world, it is certainly famous and well regarded, even by former stars. It is rumored that the Village Vanguard is haunted by the ghosts of Coltrane and Bill Evans, and more than a few legends of jazz have enjoyed time on this stage. 178 Seventh Ave. S., nr. 11th St.; 212-255-4037

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Home of the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, this club is more than just a musical venue – it holds the history of the genre and the culture it imbibes. Enjoy the sights or simply settle back and enjoy the sounds of world class jazz. Either way, you’ll definitely come out ahead. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., at 60th St.; 212-258-9899

The Jazz Gallery

Perhaps the least pretentious of the jazz outfits in the city, the Gallery is a nonprofit performance space set up on the second floor of a building where guests and performers can focus exclusively on the music. With enlightened programming and progressive tones, this is an excellent way to appreciate a different side of the musical scene.  1160 Broadway, at 27th St.; 646-494-3625

 

Jazz Standard

With a focus on critically acclaimed artists and sophistication, the Jazz Standard is a club tucked away amongst edgier venues, but the Standard provides an edge with comfortable seating and unobstructed views of the stage, appropriately lit by candlelight. 116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-576-2232