Here’s how to make the most of the city that doesn’t sleep.
Hotel: Sixty LES
A recent addition to Manhattan’s chic hotel roster, Sixty LES (in Soho and the Lower East Side) boasts a mature but hip clientele. Well-appointed rooms, a rooftop pool, it also features the Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden as the ultimate common playspace.
Local Institution: Katz’s Delicatessen
The birthplace of pastrami-on-rye, temple of matzo ball soup and homemade knishes, mecca of cheesecake and the original “foodgasm” (refer to When Harry Met Sally, 1989). Katz’s celebrates 132 years of service in the Lower East Side this year, and remains a treasured culinary institution.
Speakeasy: 124 Old Rabbit
Beneath MacDougal Street on the fringe of Greenwich Village, 124 Old Rabbit has over one hundred types of local and international beers, ales and micro-brews. Laid-back, unassuming – a place to bring your friends who actually want to hear each other out. A textbook downtown speakeasy.
Live Venue: China Chalet
What looks like a dingy dim sum and fried rice joint on Broadway is actually a pulsating, red-hot nightlife vessel for DJ sets, magazine parties, club nights and black-tie events. Discreet and exclusive, China Chalet remains Downtown’s worst-kept secret. Now all you have to do is get past the door…
A modern workspace for creatives and a creative playspace, Neuehouse is an approachable member’s club that stages premieres, summits, screenings, live performance, off-sites, hosted dinners, cultural events, after-parties and more. Just a stone’s throw from Madison Square Park.
Museum: MoMA PS1
Founded in 1971 in Long Island City (Queens), MoMA PS1 is a contemporary arts magnet that hosts the Sunday Sessions and Warm Up live performance series as well as the Young Architects Program in coordination with MoMA in Manhattan.
Restaurant: Saint Ambroeus
The sleek St Ambroeus bleeds cool and can walk the walk with faithfully-prepared Northern Italian apertivi, entrees, coffees, gelato and cocktails. With locations in SoHo, the Village and the Upper West Side, prepare to spot an A-List celebrity, or two.
Public Space: The High Line
A 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad, the High Line is dotted with specially-commissioned contemporary art installations amidst a flowering urban garden.
This quirky little bar in Willliamsburg has second-to-none small plates of Chinese and Korean goodness. There’s no website and no fanfare: just no-nonsense good food and cocktails designed for local artists, residents, and passing weirdos.