Most original and iconic hotel opened in the last 10 years in NYC. Hands-down best design, aesthetic, service, and hospitality selection. Enjoy top cocktails at the Temple Court Lobby Bar with daily live jazz and the incredible Augustine for dinner next door.
Smyth Thompson Hotel
Gem of Tribeca - the Smyth brings a level of class, elegance, and modern antiquity to the NYC hot hotel scene. We love the Smyth for it’s penthouse terrace suite, lovely views, and spacious hotel lobby bar. Cocktails are divine.
Gramercy Park Hotel
Situated at the infamous key access-only private park - Gramercy - the hotel is short of a miracle. With history to top entire countries’ worth - The Gramercy spoils you in renaissance revival luxury with plush carpets and dimly lit bars - Jade and Rose bar.
All the St Giles properties around the world reveal an impressive blend of being central and feeling at home. At The Tuscany in NYC, a St Giles signature hotel - visitors find themselves on the famed Park Avenue in Midtown proper - close to all the attractions, but still feeling that authentic NYC neighborhood feel. The rooms are spacious with the largest suites in all of the city. The hotel also has an amazing program for solo travelers - setting you up in the city that never sleeps to be solid on your own. Call them to inquire!
Marmara Park Avenue Hotel
As pictured in the @marmaranyc penthouse suite. #MarmaraNYC is one of the most amazing luxury hotels in Manhattan. The hotel is tucked away on 32nd Street & #ParkAvenue away from the madness, and yet so close to every remarkable thing to see in NYC. This gem is so hidden away - you wouldn’t even know it’s there! But as soon as you get in, you find yourself in a luxurious oasis of white marble and decorative fire pits. The aroma in the lobby and rooms is divine, and drinks at the #mixology bar downstairs even better. If you are coming to #visitNYC this is just the place to be. If you live here, pop in for a #cocktail or throw your #HolidayParty here. Your colleagues will love you!
The Mark Hotel
Uptown class meets whimsy creativity is the name of the game at the Marc. Late-night dining to die, 24/7 Barney’s Shopping, and oh darling, what carpets. They also have bikes!
Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan lies a hidden residential hotel by the name of Q&A Hotel. Perfect choice for any traveler looking to experience the true NYC-living experience, this hotel is located inside a beautiful Art Deco residential building on Pine Street in the heart of the bustling Financial District neighborhood of Manhattan - where guests get to enter straight through the same entrance as the buildings' residents and share the same amazing amenities (beyond any regular hotel) such as the large La Palestra gym facility downstairs. Each room in this grandiose property comes equipped with a large living room, multiple bedrooms (depending on the room you reserve), and a full kitchen. And for any traveler coming to NYC for finance work - this is an ideal property to stay close to all the big Wall Street banks, New York Stock Exchange, and other financial institutions.
Another gem from the restaurant genius of Danny Meyer and the amazing folks over at the Union Square Hospitality Group. This time on the 60th floor of a Downtown Manhattan skyscraper (in the very-happening Financial District), this restaurant will wow you with views for days and dishes to remember. Buttery escargot paired with pork sausage, foie gras on a bed of duck rillette, squash & cherries, and mushroom bone-marrow scallops - are just a few of the amazing divine inventions (& interventions) you will find on this swanky prix fixe menu. Make sure to pop into the Bay Room for a drink on days you are not dining at the exquisite establishment or before/after the fact.
From the creator of the famed Balthazar - Keith McNally - comes a fusion of old Pastis spirit, Balthazar chaos, and late-night Minetta approach. Enjoy this brasserie and make sure to wander over to the Beekman hotel next door for a drink afterward.
As authentic Roman as it gets - this Union Square Hospitality establishment is an absolute NYC Italian-cuisine staple. Located centrally at the historic Gramercy Park Hotel, Maialino offers classic dishes such as cacio e pepe pasta, polpetti (meatballs), and many other inventive specials - especially on their Brunch menu. Espresso is divine and pastries are plentiful. If you haven't been - stop missing out and go tonight!
Step into the hidden world of tacos and tequila-inspired drinks. This Soho classic known for celebrity sightings and toughest NYC doors and tables to get is a hot Sunday item. Order the tortilla soup - prepare to be amazed.
Another exquisite Jean-George classic sports not only a Micheline star - but two entrances and a modern living room look & feel. We love all things Jean-George and can’t speak enough good things about ABC. This is an absolute NYC must.
Didn’t make it to Moma before it closed - don’t worry. The gentleman who owns this classy “joint” also happens to own the largest private Warhol collection in the world and rotates many of his pieces around the restaurant. Food choice is just as exquisite as the art. Nothing we wouldn’t recommend off of the grand menu.
Step into NYC’s party history with Indochine’s revival of Andy Warhol, Nylon, and all things cool. This is some of the early Asian fusion we knew in our bustling city and where social was coined before network was.
Tucked away on a quiet #Soho block, this gem sits in a beautiful #westbroadway brownstone across from @sohograndhotel. With lobster and pasta are to die - the #Antibes sister is quiet, tasteful, and has superb service. I highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t been.
Neighborhood classic - this Mexican go-to has some of city’s best enchiladas, hot sauces to die, and chillest atmosphere in the city. Try the chili Colorado is you are a beef man - definitely won’t be getting into any beef with anyone thereafter. Delish!
The 18th Room
Named in honor of the 18th Amendment to ban alcohol sales and consumption during the 1920s in the United States, a period known as the "Prohibition Era" - The 18th Room, sister to the infamous Bathtub Gin next door, stacks up well in the much-respected NYC-speakeasy scene. Beyond the gorgeously crafted drink list (by design and taste), the bar/restaurant concept offers delicious full dinner menu that runs from regular dining hours deep into the lateness of the night. Make sure to try their version of a drink "amuse bouche" - delicious sangria-like wine starter and definitely order the hanger steak. The 18th Room is a new comer and definitely here to stay - I know where I'll be spending my late nights from now on for sure!
On a busy Chelsea avenue sits a mysteriously late-night busy coffee shop by the name of Stone Street Coffee Company. Can't miss the spot as the commotion outside reminds one more of a hard to get into NYC-nightclub, and if you find yourself thinking as such, you won't be wrong. Behind the secret door in the back of the (fully-operational and thoroughly delicious) coffee shop lies the bar of bars - Bathtub Gin. Here you'll find prohibition-proper cocktails, mixology geniuses, and bites to boot! Open late-night the busy NYC hot spot is definitely not to be missed, by a local or a cool visitor to our great city.
Great drinks escape for any night of the week in the flatiron area. Great DJ, atmosphere, and lobby smells divine. Design and service are also superb. Try their Clocktower restaurant on the second floor.
Baccarat Hotel Lounge
Beautiful midtown gem is reserved exclusively for fabulous encounters only. Wear your best shoes and cologne - you may meet that someone special (or three).
Been a drug store lately? A Chinese medicine man? How about a secret Chinese prescription bar to drown your sorrows? This devilishly hidden apothecary-styled bar tucked away on a curvy Chinatown street will definitely keep you medicated enough to avoid an unnecessary trip to the druggist. Go on a Wednesday and brush up on your Prohibition Era knowledge to decipher the password through doorman’s possibly helpful hints. Jazz and French 75s galore.
A West Village classic for the ages. Curvy bar and ultra-strong drinks will get you feeling naughty in this surprisingly loose and always fun neighborhood bar. Winner of Best Bar in the World many years in sequence and winner of best cocktail in Manhattan (try Amelia!). This spot employees bartenders for generations, sporting very honorable tattoos in shape of the establishment’s logo. Employees Only indeed. Regulars are regular. Food is to die (Bone Marrow poppers!).
60 Thompson Upstairs
Uniquely quiet and elegant rooftop is like a sanctuary of peace in a city of war. Go on a hot summer sunset or evening and enjoy the chill house and comfy chairs.
Boom Boom Room
A staple of NYC bar scene for years - officially named Top of the Standard (but not for us locals or should I say globals…). Immerse yourself into a scene of 50s New York with drink names inspired by aviation and outer space. Gorgeous views, stunning waiters, and plush seats - what could be better?
Skulls on walls? Anytime, just make ‘em gold. This Mulberry classic has had much to blame for the recent NYC nightlife history. Go and don’t feel guilty.
Beekman Hotel Lobby Bar
In the hotel of the year, this lobby bar takes jazz, service, and chilling seriously. Not a club, not a bar, but an institution of elegance and decadence in the extravagant renaissance revival chic style.
An NYC classic known for it’s tough door and elegant look - Rose Bar is a definite stop (if not a daily one) on a @gloablewnyorker route.
Sunday sunset sessions in Ibiza just got their ass kicked by this Sunday post-brunch phenomenon. Come fed because you’ll do drinking, serious drinking with serious sunset.
Macao Trading Company
From the amazing owners of EO, Macao brings you a touch of Hong Kong, a touch of Macao, a touch of NY, and a whole load of drunken fun. The restaurant upstairs does a wonderful Asian menu and the secret downstairs club (only open Fridays & Saturdays) is all the rage.
The most spectacular of vintage and secret parties - Shanghai Mermaid is a top @globalnewyorker NYC pick. This mysterious and magical event happens every few months and transports your into the 1920s/30s of places like Paris, Mexico, Cuba, Harlem, China and more. Many travel from all around the world to just attend this spectacular party, so if you're planning your trip to NYC in advance - check out the website and try to coordinate your dates accordingly. Location of the event if often not disclosed up until the night before the party. Buy your tickets in advance and prepare to be well dressed up for a swift entry.
The ever-chic MoMA boasts one of the world’s best modern and contemporary art collections, and so much more. Come see the art, wonder through the picturesque sculpture garden, stop by the fabulous MoMA store, then stay for a meal at the Modern, one of NYC’s chicest culinary destinations. Order the citrus carpaccio
Created as a token of rebirth and revival for the tragic events of the area - the shopping center slash transportation hub is a dynamic new piece of architecture definitely to be added to any landmark sightseeing list.
A remarkable project executed by the EDC to transform a syringe-filled abandoned rail line bridge into a modern exposed overground park was a phenomenal success. As tourists to locals alike flock to the Highline in any weather to soak up the sun, get snowed in, or simply get an espresso or a gelato at this magnificent rail line bridge phenomenon. If you venture out enough, you will discovered steel rail lines still buried under the grasses of this concrete jungle park. This also happens to be one of the best spots to see an unobstructed sunset in the city!
Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo Park
Arguable the most beautiful bridge in the world - Brooklyn Bridge is one you should definitely walk across with a loved one. Cross into the notoriously expensive Brooklyn neighborhood - Dumbo - to find some of city’s best sunset-skyline views. Snap a few “Once Upon A Time In America”esque shots on the cobble stones and grab an ice-cream from the ice cream factory by the water. Sit down and take it all in at the Brooklyn Bridge park situated between the two bridges like by-standing nucleus of the city. Another amazing spot to catch an outdoor flick in NYC (check the nycgo.com for showings).
The world’s most instagrammed building, the Guggenheim is a must for anyone visiting NYC, art lover or not. Take the elevator to the top and walk down the spiral rotunda to the bottom. Roller skates optional.
iPic Fulton Street
First class movie experience anyone? Flat beds and champagne? Oh and cutting edge sound and video system to boot. Waiter service with an American-classics selection. Order meat lovers pizza and shut the fuck up.
HBO Summer Film Festival
Mondays are for work blues? Who says? If you happen to be in NYC in the Summer - you are in luck! Monday nights HBO hosts a free open-air huge screen movie night at none-the-less but across from their Manhattan offices in Bryant park. Movies are well curated and schedule can be previewed in advance on their website. Bring food…and booze. It’s a movie picnic!
Located in Chelsea - this incredible salon features some of the most detail-oriented stylists in the city. The space also doubles as a studio and has magical light with refined decor. They have an area to shoot and a beautiful ring light for anyone looking to capture their after-styled hair glow. Ammon Carver should be every downtown girl's go-to salon. Ask for Kate Beko - she is @globalnewyorker's absolute fav stylist!
Cryotherapy is the new black. And this hot (or rather, cold!) TriBeCa studio is the spade. The celeb-favorite, Cryo has multiple different treatment types from full body to facial, to even full scale fat reduction procedures with immediate results. They even have an OXYGEN BAR you can work or chill at during the day! This is definitely a glam-sesh not to be missed in the bustling downtown of NYC.
This Flatiron nail salon is something more of a relaxation nail spa heaven. Here, guests can find themselves in the comfort of a beautiful Earth-toned decor full of relaxing music (they provide headphones), books & magazines to browse through, nail color selections most in vogue from their organic vegan self-branded line, and technicians dressed to impress in lovely uniforms. They also do very cool nail art and if you're not ready for a full-fledged hand makeover - you can always try on a nail or two. The salon is very busy weekends, but it's understandable why - it is the best in the city.