New York City, NY

New York City, NY Overview

New York is called the “Greatest City in the World” for good reason. No other city has so much to offer in so many areas. World champion sports teams, Broadway theater, world renowned museums, opera and ballet, leading fashion designers, top rated restaurants, shopping for every budget, beautiful parks and so much more. Since the... read more.
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Where To Stay

Greenwich Hotel

OVERVIEWThe Greenwich Hotel exudes so much charm. There is a “soul” to this place that you will find in few other places. The small sign marking the entry is indicative of the hotel itself…unobtrusive and unpretentious. The lobby foyer is small, but opens to a bright room with soaring ceilings, seating nooks set with couches...…

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Loews Regency Hotel

OVERVIEWThe Regency is a Loews Hotel, located on the Upper East Side near some of the City’s best shopping, museums and restaurants. With 379 rooms and 58 suites, it is one of my favorites for a number of reasons; great location, a wonderful bar, large rooms and one of the best weekend values for a...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW The Time Warner Center has become a mecca for New Yorkers seeking the hottest restaurants and shops. Occupying floors 35-54 of the Center, the Mandarin offers stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the City and its bars and restaurants are the “in” places to be seen. The Mandarin chain has slowly...…

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Ritz Carlton Central Park

OVERVIEWThe Ritz Carlton Central Park is a magnificent hotel ideally located on Central Park West, overlooking the Park. The service is impeccable, the rooms beautiful and the views of the Park are just spectacular. We first saw this hotel in the Fall with the leaves changing in the Park and then again on a night in...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW I have become a real fan of the French inspired, Sofitel Hotels, having enjoyed them in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA. They are sophisticated and stylish with the amenities and design of a 4-4 ½ star hotel, but with very reasonable prices. (except maybe Peak Season) They are probably the best value...…

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The Lowell

OVERVIEW Every list of the most “romantic” hotels in New York City includes the Lowell at or near the top. With only 47 suites and 21 rooms, it is small, intimate and ideally located on a tree lined street just off Madison Avenue on the prestigious Upper East Side. Central Park is a block away...…

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The Roxy Tribeca

OVERVIEW This “has it all” hotel came up in a search one weekend on Hotwire when we were looking for last minute accommodations in NYC. That weekend and one other we were able to get rates under $200. The Roxy Tribeca, formally the Tribeca Grand, is a real find in the City with reasonable rates,...…

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The Surrey

OVERVIEWThe Surrey, the only Relais & Chateaux property in NYC, is an utterly charming hotel just a block from both Central Park and Madison Avenue and is everything a sophisticated hotel should be.  Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities. JFK, Bette...…

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Where To Eat

Aretsky’s Patroon

We have said often that the best dining experience is when food, ambiance and service come together to create a magical experience. That doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, but it did when we visited Arestsky’s Patroon in NYC. Two of our favorite authors, Stuart Woods and Linda Fairstein use Patroon in their books…

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Aureole

There's a reason chefs become celebrities...they start out being very good at what they do and Charlie Palmer was no exception. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he cut his teeth at the River Cafe where he earned 3 stars from the New York Times. He then created a new style of cooking at…

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Avra Estiatorio

Avra is a wonderful Greek gem on the East Side and a favorite for fresh Mediterranean seafood. The beautiful space is so cozy and warm you feel transported to a Greek Isle home. Whitewashed walls, limestone floors, fresh flowers everywhere, comfortable couches in the bar area, intimate booths, a bountiful raw bar, rough hewn woodwork…

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Balthazar

Balthazar is my favorite all around restaurant in the City. I have eaten every meal here, breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. When we are New York for the afternoon, we always stop for wine and a cheese platter or some delights from the raw bar. When we want really good bread, we get it from…

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Daniel

There may be no more perfect restaurant in New York for a very special occasion than Daniel, Daniel Boulud's eponymous Upper East Side salon. Earning near perfect marks for food, decor and service from Zagat, Daniel stands at the top of a very impressive list of world renowned New York restaurants. If you are truly…

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Del Posto

Del Posto is an exciting collaboration between restaurateurs Lydia and Joseph Bastianich and Mario Batali that in 2010 received a coveted 4 stars from the New York Times. DP is the first Italian restaurant to receive 4 stars from the Times since 1974. This was as near a perfect dining experience as I can remember.…

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Gramercy Tavern

There is good reason for the Gramercy Tavern to have been rated among the Most Popular Restaurant in New York by Zagat's for the last few years. First, it's not stuffy or pretentious, second the atmosphere is warm and inviting and third, well, third, is the amazing food. With soft jazz playing in the background,…

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Keens Steakhouse

In 1885 Keens Chophouse was opened by Albert Keen, a noted figure in the Herald Square Theatre District. Keens soon became the lively and accepted rendezvous of the famous. Actors in full stage make-up hurried through the rear door to “fortify” themselves between acts at the neighboring Garrick Theatre. Keens Steakhouse owns the largest collection…

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La Grenouille

Sadly, the era of the formal, traditional French restaurant seems to have passed. Lutece and my old favorite, La Cote Basque are just two of the standards who are no more. Happily, however, La Grenouille remains and flourishes. For a glimpse of old New York/Park Avenue money, this is the place to go. Everyone is…

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Le Bernardin

Fish is not usually my first choice for a meal when I dine out, but that may be because I had never experienced Eric Ripert's cooking before. This is unlike any seafood you have ever had. But, I'll get to the food in a minute. I knew that Le Bernardin has been the top rated…

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Minetta Tavern

Keith McNally and his team have a particular genius in creating themed restaurants fashioned after another time or place. Balthazar, Pastis Pravda and Schiller's to name a few. Excellent food, a casual atmosphere and moderate prices make these restaurants favorites of many New Yorkers. Testament to their popularity is that they are always busy, any…

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One If By Land, Two If By Sea

Housed in a restored carriage house once owned by Aaron Burr, One If By Land is a favorite romantic restaurant in the City. Piano music in the background, fireplaces, brick walls, French windows onto an illuminated garden and tables with a single candle and a bouquet of fresh pink roses make you want to pop…

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Primola

One of our favorite authors, Linda Fairstein, writes crime novels based in NYC. Her lead character and friends frequent a number of restaurants in the City and Primola is one of them. She made the Clams Oreganta and the Chicken Parmesan sound so delicious, we had to try it. Known for its celebrity, politician and…

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Quality Meats

I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good steak and in New York a new steakhouse pops up virtually every day. The pure male bonding haunts still draw them in, but a new breed is emerging that keeps the basic tenets intact, but adds some nuances that expand the appeal to a larger audience.…

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River Cafe

Just across the Brooklyn Bridge, a short cab ride from Manhattan, is the magical River Café and the best view of any restaurant in New York. Go an hour before sunset and watch the skyline transform itself from daylight to evening. Sun splashed buildings give way to a twinkling light tableau. It is quite spectacular.…

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Scalini Fedeli

Slightly off the beaten path, downtown, the romantic Tuscan delight, Scalini Fedeli, embraces you from the minute you enter. The warmth is reflected in the greeting at the door and the vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, soft background opera, huge Corinthian columns and hanging tapestries set the mood. The elegance of the room is further carried…

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The Polo Bar

In a city with hundreds if not thousands of restaurants, how do you stand out from the pack? ....attention to detail. Seems easy, but few get it like Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar on East 55th Street. Start with the decor; just what you would expect from Lauren; wood paneling, leather booths, hunt pictures and murals,…

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The Waverly Inn

I have known about the Waverly Inn in the West Village, purchased by former Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Grayton Carter in 2006,  for some time, but for a long time it was almost impossible to get a reservation. In fact, if I remember correctly, for a time they didn’t have a public phone number, only those…

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Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and also earned Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. Pretty amazing. USC, was Danny Meyer's first venture in the City, he then went on to open Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and The Modern to name just a…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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