Experience New York City Like a Local

Experience New York City Like a Local

February 7, 2019

Excited for the long weekend ahead, we woke up early on our first morning at the Dominick and ordered room service. It was the best way to savor our suite’s Hudson River view before a busy day in Brooklyn. Since it was warm outside, we decided to meander through Soho toward the Canal Street station, where we’d pick up the Q train. As we walked, the streets thrummed with life: Against a cacophony of traffic noise, bike messengers whizzed by and shoppers jockeyed for space on the crowded sidewalk. Once we were on the subway, we couldn’t help getting giddy when the train came above ground onto the Manhattan Bridge and we caught a glimpse of the skyline. 

Ascending the station stairs in Park Slope, where most buildings don’t exceed five stories, we were struck by how much more light and air there seemed to be. We felt our pulses slow as we crossed Flatbush Avenue to Prospect Heights and walked along a quiet, tree-lined block to James, a small New American restaurant. The chef, Bryan Calvert, is an alum of the Manhattan foodie temple Bouley, but here his cooking is sublimely straightforward. 

Our lunch of black kale salad, truffle fries, and burgers topped with speck fortified us for our next stop: Prospect Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, about a decade after they completed Central Park. We could see immediately why the pair called this less-touted oasis their masterpiece. The grassy, gently undulating Long Meadow is expansive but also feels completely sheltered from the busy streets beyond the park’s borders. A walk through the ravine area, with its 100-foot gorge that connects a waterfall, pools, and the lake, makes you feel like you’ve left Brooklyn for the mountains upstate. And with its thick tree canopy, the park is also home to the only remaining natural forest in Brooklyn. We spent the next few hours exploring and left through the gates at Ninth Street, which leads to the center of Park Slope. It was only 5:30, but we were trying to get a table at Talde, the cultishly popular Park Slope restaurant run by former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde. Most nights, he can be found in the open kitchen (look for his baseball cap) turning out flavorful Pan-Asian dishes like oyster-and-bacon pad thai, Korean fried chicken, and pretzel pork-and-chive dumplings. After sampling, we realized that we would have happily waited longer for food this good. 

After dinner, we called a car service for the short drive to the Old American Can Factory, a restored complex in the adjoining Gowanus neighborhood. The factory is one of the venues for Rooftop Films, an outdoor summer festival that showcases groundbreaking new movies. Looking out over the neat rows of Brooklyn brownstones and the twinkling lights of Manhattan in the distance, it seemed fitting that we began our day with one striking panorama, and were ending it with another.

Today we opted for a slower pace and started the day with brunch at The Dutch, where reservations are encouraged because pretty much every New Yorker has become obsessed with Andrew Carmellini and his modern take on American regional food. The toughest part was deciding what to order from the Southern-inflected menu: We settled on cornmeal flapjacks and scrambled eggs with smoked sable, but couldn’t resist adding a curry sugar doughnut and honey-butter biscuits. (Can you ever have too much at brunch?)

We left delightfully sated and glad that we’d planned to spend the rest of the afternoon on foot exploring shops and galleries in SoHo and the Lower East Side. We were overwhelmed (in a good way) by Intermix, a boutique clearinghouse with wares from nearly 200 American and European designers, and A Second Chance, a discriminating consignment shop known for stocking fashionista finds like Hermes bags, Chanel dresses, and Prada shoes for well-below-retail prices.

Overcome by shoppers’ exhaustion, we refueled with thick Aztec hot chocolate at the MarieBelle chocolate shop’s Cacao Bar before continuing east toward the Bowery. Once the city’s skid row, and later home to tattoo parlors, dive bars, and the infamous punk club CBGB, this thoroughfare has seen rapid gentrification in the last decade as luxury condos sprung up and the opening of the New Museum drew gallery owners to the area. Though the Sperone Westwater gallery’s graphite drawings and twisted bronze sculptures were intriguing, we were most fascinated by the room-size elevator that blends with the rest of the exhibition space—until it starts moving between floors. 

We returned to the hotel to relax before taking a taxi to Pier 11, just south of South Street Seaport, to board a ferry to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Taking a subway would have been just as easy, but we wanted to get out on the water and see the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty. We disembarked at Williamsburg’s North Sixth pier and walked to Zenkichi, a sexy Japanese brasserie with booths so cozy and private each one comes with a buzzer to get the staff’s attention. Since we were feeling adventurous and didn’t want to think too hard, we ordered the chef’s omakase (tasting menu), which features the day’s freshest sashimi with an assortment of dishes like yellowtail with pickled cherry leaves and grilled Berkshire pork. 

The hostess called a car service to take us back to SoHo, and we asked the driver to drop us at Pegu Club, a dimly lit second-floor bar with Asian-style decor and a speakeasy feel. (The downstairs door is unmarked except for the bar’s green lion crest.) This is not a place to order wine or beer, as the mixologists—don’t call them bartenders—have elevated cocktail-concocting to an art form. We each tried the Whiskey Smash, a potent blend of rye, whiskey, simple syrup and the freshest lemon juice and mint we’ve ever tasted. Our drinks, like everything else that day, more than lived up to the hype.

We started our final day with a subway ride up to the Flatiron District, named for the area’s famously triangular turn-of-the-century building. But it was Mario Batali’s Eataly, currently the world’s largest Italian food and wine emporium, that lured us there. Tourists mob the food halls during the weekend, so we were headed straight up to Birreria, the rooftop brewery. It’s a casual spot, with bright red chairs, simple wooden tables, and a retractable glass roof that makes it feel like a greenhouse. 

The restaurant’s three house-made ales are brewed in a small room just steps from the main dining area. The creamy, full-bodied beers paired beautifully with the housemade sausages, cured meats, and artisanal Italian cheeses. We could have easily spent another hour enjoying the view of the Met Life Tower, one of the city’s early Renaissance-Revival skyscrapers. But we’d planned another outer-borough excursion to the Noguchi Museum in Queens. (We opted to book the Noguchi’s Sunday shuttle bus service from the Upper East Side.) 

The museum showcases the sculptures, furniture, and public works models of Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi, who collaborated with dancer Martha Graham and designer Charles Eames, among others. (If the Akari Light Sculptures look familiar, it’s because they’ve been widely copied by retailers like Ikea.) We loved the intimate feel of the cleverly designed museum, which is housed in a converted industrial complex that has a sculpture garden in the middle featuring Noguchi’s large-scale pieces.

We headed back to the Upper East Side, hailed a cab, and zoomed down to The Modern, the French-American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art. We settled in at the bar room, a clubby space that serves small plates of updated Alsatian fare like buckwheat spaetzle with yellowfin tuna. The museum was hosting one of its free summer concerts in the sculpture garden that night, featuring musicians from Lincoln Center. As a breeze rustled across the reflecting pond and birds chirped quietly, we waited alongside locals for the music to begin, all of us smug in our knowledge that on a warm summer night in the city, there was no lovelier place to be.

This Luxury Hotel is a Quiet Escape in the Heart of New York City

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This Luxury Hotel is a Quiet Escape in the Heart of New York City

September 20, 2018

New York, New York—the city so nice, they named it twice. Travelers come from near and far to experience what’s been called the greatest city in the world. With so much tourism over the years, New York has had the opportunity to master the art of accommodations, and one luxury hotel near Central Park stands out among the rest.

1 Hotel Central Park is ideal for foodies, couples and urban explorers, and it’s centrally located near the park, Columbus Circle and Fifth Avenue Shopping. And with 229 rooms and suites, there are plenty of opportunities to stay.

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The exterior of 1 Hotel Central Park, an urban escape with a natural feel.

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Only steps away from Central Park, this luxury hotel is a refuge in the middle of Manhattan.

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Guests are welcomed by living green plants from the moment they step into the lobby.

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Rooms are embellished with reclaimed materials like wood, bricks, and recycled leather.

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Nature is brought into every room with treetop views, plants, and custom organic bedding.

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Warm natural touches and cozy additions encourage ultimate relaxation in the heart of the city.

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Farm-to-fork dining by Chef Jonathan Waxman can be enjoyed at the ground level restaurant Jams.

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Open layouts and a modern design make each suite a one-of-a-kind experience.

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The hotel's Park Suite offers unbeatable views and a window-nook daybed.

Lobby Area at 1 Hotel Central Park

The reclaimed woods used to decorate come from the city's old water towers or barns upstate.

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Unique event spaces at 1 Hotel Central Park are perfect for business meetings and weddings.

This quiet escape in the heart of New York City truly captures the magic of Central Park. In the city that never sleeps, 1 Hotel Central Park provides guests with tranquil surroundings, tons of greenery, and furnishings made with natural materials. Each room and suite is decorated in neutral tones (see photo below) to encourage a feeling of calm and cozy modern furniture for lounging so guests can enjoy the most relaxing stay possible.

Wood, bricks, and leather have been sourced locally in this eco-friendly hotel, so native charm is abundant in its high-end décor. But the rarest feature 1 Hotel Central Park has to offer is the oversized bay windows perfect for soaking in park views and the city landscape. 

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All of the food offered at the hotel comes from acclaimed chef Jonathan Waxman who was awarded “Best Chef in New York City” by the James Beard Foundation. This farm-to-fork dining experience is one-of-a-kind in New York City as Chef Jonathan innovatively brings the California cuisine movement to the east coast. The ground level restaurant, Jams, provides a modern atmosphere and handcrafted meals for foodies and weary travelers alike.

The hotel’s location is ideal for explorers and tourists as it’s a block away from Central Park and only steps from some of the best entertainment and shopping in the world. But if guests prefer to spend more time in their room, they won’t be missing out since the rooms and suites have unique layouts optimal for soaking in the modern luxury of the city from the comfort of a hotel room, as pictured below.

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This eco-friendly haven in the heart of the city will charm travelers from around the world with its rustic-chic style and furnishings. And with a bar and lounge, spacious suites, award-winning cuisine, and a fully equipped 24-hour fitness center, 1 Hotel Central Park has everything you need to enjoy your experience. Who knew such a stay existed in New York, the city so nice they named it twice?

So the next time you’re heading to NYC, be sure to check out the luxury accommodations of 1 Hotel Central Park. The hotel you choose can make or break your experience of the greatest city in the world, so don’t take any chances. This luxury hotel truly is a quiet escape in the heart of the city.

New York City’s Most Luxurious Hotels

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New York City's Most Luxurious Hotels

August 27, 2018

As the most populated and diverse city in the United States, it’s no secret that New York City has also become a global hub for luxury. With more than 80 world-class museums, hundreds of award-winning restaurants, and a lively nightlife, travelers never run out of things to do or see in the city that never sleeps.

New York’s luxury hotel scene is just as diverse and impressive as the city itself. Stunning views, ideal locations, and extraordinary amenities and interior design are only the beginning. In the slideshow below, you’ll explore the most luxurious hotel options that New York City has to offer.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on the East River Waterfront in Brooklyn.

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The Beekman is a 19th-century landmark hotel in Lower Manhattan.

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1 Hotel Central Park is only steps away from Central Park and Columbus Circle.

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The Mercer Hotel is a chic, loft-style hotel in the heart of SoHo.

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Baccarat Hotel New York is a glamorous option centrally located in Midtown.

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The award-winning Towers at Lotte New York Palace is located in Midtown near Rockefeller Center.

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The only Five-Diamond property in Soho, The Dominick has a mid-century American vibe.

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The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, is an elegant option on the Upper East Side.

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The Surrey is an artsy, Upper East Side boutique hotel near Central Park.

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The NoMad, north of Madison Square Park, is notorious for its stylish, dark interiors.

Business travelers looking for a high-end hotel experience will love The Beekman, a historic option located in Lower Manhattan, or The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, a luxury hotel in Midtown. The Mercer Hotel in SoHo is an intimate option perfect for art and culture lovers, and celebrated designer Christian Liaigre decorated it. The NoMad Hotel has a similar, artistic feel, but it’s located near the Flatiron and Fifth Avenue.

For travelers looking to stay on the Upper East Side, The Pierre and The Surrey are both excellent options. The Pierre has received five stars from Forbes Travel Guide and AAA Five-Diamond Awards, while The Surrey has been named Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure’s #1 hotel in NYC. 1 Hotel Central Park is one of the most unique, eco-friendly hotels in the city with locally sourced materials and lush greenery around every corner, but for the more traditional luxury traveler, Midtown’s Baccarat Hotel is the perfect option.

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The 2,000-square-foot Riverhouse Suite at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

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The Master Bathroom in the Riverhouse Suite.

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The living space in the Riverhouse Suite.

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Artists designed the interior using reclaimed materials and local greenery.

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The rooftop plunge pool has a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

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The Bridge Studio Suite at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

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The hotel bar offers travelers a one-of-a-kind view of the city.

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The Liberty Studio Suite offers guests a unique view of the Statue of Liberty.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect rustic, chic waterfront retreat.

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A group table in the lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

In the slideshow above, we’ll take a closer look at the gorgeous 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. With views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, this luxury hotel was given the rare honor of being one of the “Hotels and Resorts to Travel To in 2017” by The New York Times. Guests will have easy access to the much-loved neighborhoods and restaurants in Brooklyn, and they’ll only be a short ferry ride away from Manhattan.

Local artists designed the rooms and suites at the hotel with reclaimed materials and plenty of local greenery. Amenities at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge include a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and fire pits, farm-to-table restaurants, and a movie theater. This eco-luxury hotel is committed to sustainability in design and energy use. Next up, The Dominick.

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Travelers will love watching the sun fall over the city from their room at The Dominick.

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Marble showers and bathtub views add to this hotel's luxury.

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Penthouses offer views of the skyline and the Hudson River through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The Dominick stands out in the SoHo skyline as an elegant, luxury feature.

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The rooftop terrace pool is one of the hotel's most-loved features.

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The Dominick is the only Five-Diamond property in the city's SoHo neighborhood.

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The dining room at sunset in one of the Deluxe Penthouse Suites.

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Interior designers created a sophisticated, mid-century American look.

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Travelers will love taking a dip in The Dominick's luxury pool.

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Rooftop lounging is one of the many relaxing activities for guests at The Dominick.

The Dominick, featured above, is perfect for romantic getaways and urban immersion. Located in one of New York City’s most fashionable neighborhoods, this hotel is close to both Greenwich Village and Wall Street, so travelers will love the energy of the area. There are art galleries, shops, and award-winning restaurants all within walking distance. The hotel also has a restaurant and cocktail lounge on-site if guests don’t want to go far. And when they’re looking to cool off or relax, there’s a rooftop terrace with a pool. The Dominick’s aesthetic is the perfect combination of mid-century modern sophistication and comfort, and the views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River are unparalleled.

So the next time you’re planning a trip to New York City, check out one of the hotels featured in this article to get an authentic, luxury experience of the city. Beautiful views, upscale interior design, and great food are only the beginning.

A Perfect Foodie Weekend in New York City

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A Perfect Foodie Weekend in New York City

August 21, 2018

There’s no place quite like New York, New York. Songs have been written about its charm, movies have been filmed in its streets, and people from all over the world have relocated to enjoy all it has to offer. The largest city in the U.S. boasts over 8 million residents, and it’s become a hub for culture, commerce, cuisine, and more.

So if you’re a foodie who’s planning a quick trip to this metropolitan hotspot, you want to make sure you’re prepared to soak in as much as you can. A minute should never be wasted in New York City, so our team of travel experts compiled a list of the top restaurants, hotels, and experiences for your trip.

Let’s begin with food because, honestly, is there a better place to start? If you’re a foodie, you’ve found your paradise. Classic cuisines and fusion dishes from all over the world can be found in New York City. From curry to Cuban, you’ll be able to find almost any type of international food you want to try.
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Michelin-Rated Restaurants 

Top chefs from all over the country have opened restaurants in New York, so to say you’ll enjoy the best of the best could be an understatement. NYC is home to some of the most incredible restaurants in the world like Michelin-rated MasaLe Bernardin, and the Mercer Kitchen pictured above.

Affordable Options

NYC is also notorious for its affordable options that are just as delicious. Find world-class dumplings in Korea Town, NY-style pizza on (almost) every corner, or stop in at a Shake Shack and eat your fill without breaking the bank.

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Dessert

And when your sweet tooth strikes, every option you need is a quick walk or train ride away in Manhattan. Levain Bakery, home of the world’s best chocolate chip cookie, is a must visit, and if you’re not cookie-ed out after that, try one of Milk Bar’s 9 NYC locations. Regardless of what dessert you choose, top it off with one of NYC’s famous frozen hot chocolates (pictured below) from Serendipity.

If you’re looking for a more gourmet dessert experience, check out the Dominique Ansel Bakery or sit down at Max Brenner, the restaurant wholly devoted to chocolate. After you fuel up, you’ll be ready to experience the best activities and little-known tourist spots New York City has to offer. For foodies, there really isn’t a better place to spend a quick weekend trip. The diverse options and price points will keep you moving along. The best part? Even foodies get full, and when you do, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy until your next meal.