October 15, 2018
The twin pools at the 9/11 Memorial.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or repeat offender, these quintessentially New York experiences, from book-ahead dining to world-class museums, are evergreen crowd-pleasers. Start spreading the news...
Local legend Daniel Boulud has been enchanting diners with his culinary largesse for nearly 30 years, and you’ll need to book months in advance to join them. The iconic red n’ gold Renaissance-style salon requires a jacket, while the front lounge offers a relaxed ambience with its slightly more lenient dress code. Order the black-truffle scallop in puff pastry, and thank us later.
Gussy up glam for rooftop tipples at The Peninsula’s 1930s Shanghai-inspired rosewood doll, attracting the city’s style set with its sense-awakening Sino cocktails (think lychee martini). Nab a daybed on the terrace for clincher 5th Ave penthouse panoramas.
In a city built on immigration, there are few insights more important than this Lower East Side C.19th tenement building, returned to its former gritty glory as a painstakingly restaged house museum. Trot along on one of their illuminating neighbourhood tours.
The country's largest art museum heaves with more than two million works, including some of the world’s most significant. Tackling it alone can be daunting so why not join resident-led tour guide Hack the Met, offering entertaining insider jaunts through the hallowed halls with an emphasis on lesser-known pieces.
Choose between the original century-old family-run shop in the Lower East Side and the stylish, airy sit-down cafe iteration, two blocks south on Orchard. Whichever way you sway, expect to queue for its famed bagels and lox, and traditional kosher comfort food like potato latkes. Geschmack!
A version of this article was originally written by LUXE for PenCities.
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