New York

Overview

New York has it all—world-class art, incredible performances, Michelin-starred restaurants, swanky cocktail bars, trend-setting fashion, soaring skyscrapers, verdant parks, and luxurious hotels. And yet, all that glamor wouldn't be without a bit of the city's loveable grit: a coexistence that strikes a uniquely delicate balance that defines the city as the vibrant, ever-changing hot spot it always has been. From Harlem to Wall Street, Manhattan is home to a diverse set of neighborhoods, each with its own heart and soul. But buzzy new must-visit places are always cropping up around town—and that’s to say nothing of the long list of classics that keeps on growing.

Best Time to Go

Every season has its draws, but summers can be sweltering (though quieter as locals flee the city on weekends) and winters unbearably cold. For the best weather, visit in fall or spring, when the cultural calendar is flush with new opportunities, and the anticipation of warmer weather brings an excitement to the air.

Airport Info

JFK, which serves domestic and international flights, is the most easily accessible airport. LaGuardia, which only serves domestic flights, is smaller and less up-to-date, but tends to have shorter lines. There is also a Centurion Lounge here, located before security, on the third floor between Concourses B and C. Newark International Airport, in New Jersey, is another option for both local and international flights. Private cars will take you to and from, but using public transportation is a breeze for those with a little extra time.

Getting Around

The NYC subway runs 24 hours a day and the extensive—if somewhat overwhelming—network of train lines makes the entire city (and beyond) accessible. (If you’re staying a while and plan to take multiple trips per day, it pays to buy a seven-day unlimited MetroCard). Otherwise, services like Uber, Lyft, and Gett, not to mention green and yellow cabs, are easy to hail. (Avoid black cars hired without use of these apps—they may try to gouge you.)

Can’t Leave Without

1) Get a bird's eye view with Manhattan Helicopters, one of the city's top helicopter operators with classic and VIP tours. (888-376-8935; manhattanhelicopters.com)

2) Sail around the island of Manhattan by way of Sail's Shearwater schooner, a restored Gatsby-era yacht and one of New York City's only floating designated landmarks (April – October). (From $45; private charters, from $1,000; manhattanbysail.com)

3) Back on land, explore the city's hidden gems, like the members-only Players Club on Gramercy Park, with Untapped Cities walking tours led by expert guides. (Private tours, from $300; untappedcities.com)

Deserves the Hype

A leisurely stroll, boat ride, or lunch in Central Park is never overrated.

Local Dish to Try

There's nothing that satisfies quite like a New York City bagel. While many a bodega has mastered the take-anywhere, eat any-time sandwich, the most decadent of them all can be found at two of the city's luxe new-wave Jewish delis Sadelle's (463 W. Broadway; 212-776-4926; sadelles.com) and Russ & Daughters Cafe (127 Orchard St.; 212-475-4880; russanddaughterscafe.com). At the former, select from an array of fish (Scottish salmon, sable, white fish, or sturgeon) piled high with the classic fixings (capers, red onion, tomato); and at the latter, choose among an assortment of creative combinations (think: smoked tuna with horseradish dill cream cheese and wasabi flying fish roe).

Local Drink to Sip

A Manhattan, of course. Born in the borough of the same name, this blend of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters is one of the world’s most foundational—and riffed-upon—cocktails. Have the classic version at the bar at Keens Steakhouse (72 W. 36th St.; 212-947-3636; keens.com), one of the city’s oldest steakhouses, dating back to 1885, or at the Flatiron Room (37 W. 26th St.; 212-725-3860; theflatironroom.com), a modern spot with a pre-Prohibition feel and over 1,000 variants of whiskey. Or head to the Dead Rabbit (30 Water St.; 646-422-7906; deadrabbitnyc.com), the Financial District watering hole that’s regularly lauded on “world’s best” lists for its innovative drinks, to experience firsthand the way the cocktail lends itself to innumerable variations.

Seasonal Highlights

WINTER: Do your holiday shopping at Bergdorf Goodman's and have a consultation with Betty Halbreich, New York's most famous personal shopper.

SPRING: The city's parks and gardens come to life after a long winter—take advantage of the season and see rare orchids at the New York Botanical Garden's annual orchid show or cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. 

SUMMER: Join the locals at the city's top rooftop bars. SixtyFive, the lounge atop Rockefeller Center, has Manhattan's best views, and the Metropolitan Museum's roof hosts a new must-see art installation every summer and serves wine, beer, and cocktails. 

FALL: The season brings exciting new cultural programming. Go see an exhibit at the Whitney, Met Breuer, or one of the city’s other top museums, take in a concert by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, or get tickets to one of Broadway's top shows.

Quick Tips

Car Service to Know

Empire CLS
800-451-5466

Extended Stay

Aka Wall Street
212-252-9090

Same-Day Dry Cleaning

Ernest Winzer Cleaners
718-294-2400

Tailor to Know

J. Mueser Bespoke
347-982-4382

Personal Shopper

Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf Goodman
212-872-8757

Hair Stylist to Book

Julien Farel, Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa
212-888-8988

Makeup Artist to Book

GlamSquad
212-202-2938

Best Spa

Mandarin Oriental, New York
212-805 8880

Gym With Week Pass

David Barton TMPL
917-521-6666

Best Hotel Gym

Loews Regency
212-759-4100
Hotels

The Mark

Located in a 1927 landmark building in the heart of the Upper East Side, the Mark epitomizes understated New York luxury from every angle.
Upper East Side
FH&R

The Lowell

This 74-room Upper East Side property has been a go-to spot for in-the-know travelers since it first opened in 1927.
Upper East Side
FH&R

Baccarat

The Baccarat hotel is the French crystal purveyor’s glimmering architectural incarnate.
Midtown
FH&R

The Greenwich

No two rooms are alike at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca hotel.
Tribeca
FH&R

The Crosby

This SoHo boutique from designer-hotelier Kit Kemp delights with fresh patterns, tall ceilings, and noteworthy contemporary art.
SoHo

Park Hyatt New York

Park Hyatt’s North American flagship, located within a 90-story tower overlooking Central Park, features 210 spacious guest rooms.
Midtown
FH&R

The Carlyle

This Upper East Side Art Deco gem is a New York icon.
Upper East Side
FH&R

The St. Regis New York

Housed in a 1904 Beaux Arts landmark building along Fifth Avenue, this Midtown hotel is steeped in art and history.
Midtown
FH&R

Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Mandarin Oriental's winning feature just may be its sweeping, floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River, or Central Park.
Columbus Circle
FH&R

The Surrey

The Surrey, New York’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, is an art-lover’s paradise.
Upper East Side
Restaurants

Estela

At their buzzy downtown hotspot, chef Ignacio Mattos and partner Thomas Carter draw crowds eager for their subversively understated small plates.
Nolita
New American

Cosme

Superstar chef Enrique Olvera negotiates the pull between tradition and modernity at his first international outpost.
Flatiron
Modern Mexican

Le Bernardin

The 30-year-old fish-forward Michelin three-star restaurant is as delicious, opulent, and modern as ever.
Midtown West
Fish + Seafood

Eleven Madison Park

This haute cuisine powerhouse features dramatic soaring ceilings, two-story windows overlooking Madison Square Park, and  ingredient-focused dishes.
Flatiron
New American

Momofuku Ko

The crown jewel of chef/restaurateur David Chang’s New York empire set off the city’s counter tasting-menu craze when it opened in 2008, but its newer space has more panache.
East Village
New American

Sushi Yasuda

While flashier temples of raw fish have opened in New York, Sushi Yasuda still maintains its status at the top of the list.
Midtown East
Sushi / Omakase

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

One New York City's hardest reservations to score may be a ways outside Manhattan—but an evening spent at this working farm is worth the trek.
Poncantico Hills
New American

Russ & Daughter's Cafe

Just around the corner from Russ & Daughter’s, the beloved century-old specialty foods shop, this full-service offshoot reimagines the Jewish appetizing tradition.
Lower East Side
Upscale Jewish Deli

Il Posto Accanto

Tucked into a cozy, brick-walled space with low-slung ceilings, this under-the-radar enoteca is a favorite among in-the-know locals.
East Village
Italian

Bâtard

Chef Marcus Glocker, along with restaurateurs Drew Nieporent and John Winterman, racked up accolades right out of the gate for this Tribeca spot.
Tribeca
Modern European
Bars + Lounges

Bemelmans Bar

A classic Upper East Side institution drawing celebrities, presidents, and socialites, the Carlyle Hotel’s beloved bar is as good today as ever.
Upper East Side
Cocktail Bar

King Cole Bar

If power happy hours existed, the St. Regis’s bar would be the place to go.
Midtown
Cocktail Bar

SixtyFive

For jaw-dropping panoramic views, this spacious lounge on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center can’t be beat.
Midtown
Cocktail Bar

The Dead Rabbit

Climb the stairs to the second floor to find the seating-room-only parlor with one of the best cocktail menus in the world.
Financial District
Cocktail Bar

The NoMad Bar

This lively cocktail bar tucked inside the NoMad Hotel boasts some of New York's best drinks and most talented mixologists. 
NoMad
Cocktail Bar

Employees Only

Look for the neon Psychic sign to find this award-winning unmarked cocktail bar in the West Village.
West Village
Cocktail Bar

Attaboy

Attaboy is the closest thing to a legitimate speakeasy today.
Lower East Side
Speakeasy

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

This sleek but cozy spot fills a much-needed niche for a sophisticated, unpretentious wine bar in New York’s cocktail-dominated scene.
Nolita
Wine Bar

Raines Law Room

Inspired by Victorian parlors, the hidden bar in Chelsea is one of New York’s best date spots.
Chelsea
Cocktail Bar

Rebelle

This sleek spot on the Bowery is technically a restaurant, but the wine list makes it one of the best places in the city to sip a bottle.
Nolita
Wine Bar
Shopping

DDC

At 20,000 square feet, DDC is a veritable trove of the highest-end housewares.
Murray Hill
Contemporary Furniture

Chamber

Billing itself as a 21st-century cabinet of curiosities, Chamber’s tastes skew toward the eccentric, the limited edition, and one-of-a-kind.
Chelsea
Furniture + Design

Matter

A collection of functional, contemporary wares that occasionally transcend the world of furniture into that of fine art.
Nolita
Furniture + Design

Atelier Courbet

This atelier-gallery is a tightly edited operation that pays homage to both the often-overlooked craftsmen and the biggest names in design. 
SoHo
Furniture + Design

The Apartment by The Line

This impeccably curated home away from home sells everything you want for your closet and your lifestyle.
SoHo
Concept Store

Material Good

Here, the pampering shopping experience mirrors the elegance of its selection of vintage and newly crafted timepieces, fine jewelry, art, accessories, and more.
SoHo
Men's + Women's Accessories

Aedes de Venustas

With its wide offering of perfumes, scents for the home, and more, this is arguably the be-all-end-all stop for anything fine and fragrant.
West Village
Perfumer

The Armoury

The haberdasher and concierge service offers traditional menswear with a worldly aesthetic.
Tribeca
Men's Clothing

I Pezzi Dipinti

This intimate shop offers the highest caliber cashmere, textiles, and nature-inspired prints.
Nolita
Women's Clothing + Accessories

Caruso

Whoever coined the term “less is more” had never been to Caruso.
Midtown East
Men's Clothing
Things To Do

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s move to the southern end of the High Line has brought a new-found excitement to one of New York’s finest institutions.
Meatpacking
Art Museum

Met Breuer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened a new chapter when it moved the modern and contemporary division of its collection to the Whitney’s former home.
Upper East Side
Contemporary Art

Jewish Museum

The engaging exhibits curated by this small museum appeal to culture vultures of all stripes.
Upper East Side
Art + Design Museum

Morgan Library & Museum

This gem gives visitors a glimpse into the former office and library of tycoon J.P. Morgan.
Murray Hill
Museum

AIANY Architecture Boat Tour

Architecture buffs will relish the chance to learn about the most fascinating buildings on New York’s waterfront during a cruise around the city.
Chelsea
Architecture Tours

Gagosian Gallery

Richard Serra and Damien Hirst are just a few of the big-name artists represented by the king of gallerists, Larry Gagosian.
Chelsea
Art Gallery

David Zwirner Gallery

Yayoi Kusama’s buzzed-about Infinity Room is far from the only thing worth seeing at this powerhouse gallery with two locations in Chelsea.
Chelsea
Art Gallery

Judd Foundation

Contemporary art connoisseurs should block off 90 minutes for a guided tour of minimalist artist Donald Judd’s former home and studio.
SoHo
Art Foundation

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

New York’s leading center for the performing arts boasts a dynamic roster of shows, concerts, and performances all year-round.
Lincoln Square
Theater, Dance, Film + Music

Untapped Cities Tours

Join one of the regularly scheduled tours by experts or request a private tour of especially exclusive locations.
Various Locations
Private Tours