The Look and Experience:
The bold boutique design of Manhattan’s Evanti Hotel is very pleasing to the eye and fantastic to stay at also. Visitors will enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the impeccable service, the hotel’s luxury and style as well as the hotel being a short hop from the vibrant, buzzing city centre.
Bed and Bath:
This boutique gem is where you will find classy rooms with plush fabrics and creature comforts.
About Your Stay:
Minutes away from Penn Station and the Empire State Building, the Evanti Hotel is the best place to stay while holidaying or on business in New York. The hotel is big on wellness and that is absolutely clear from the decadent Evanti Spa where you will be able to distress and unwind in total luxury as well as the 24/hour Fitness Centre. Keeping the fitness theme continuing through your day, a bike ride through the bustling streets of New York is paramount. You will be able to request a complimentary bike at the reception desk.
Dine in the property’s chic restaurant Humphrey or sip cocktails on the Veranda while experiencing killer views of New York’s iconic skyline. Hit the city’s major attractions and you are sure to pass by so many world famous art galleries, museums and many more intriguing New York sights.
At the Hotel:
Concierge assistance and room service are both available around the clock.
Staff that graciously handles every request
24/hour Fitness Centre
The Veranda – Enjoy Killer Views of New York’s iconic skyline
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Complimentary Morning Coffee & Tea
Complimentary Business Bar
38 minutes from La Guardia Airport
50 minutes from JFK Airport
Valet parking - $50 a day
Be In the Know:
In advance of its upcoming project, Dirty French (a French bistro in the Ludlow Hotel), the guys behind Torrisi, Carbone, and ZZ’s Clam Bar have opened a companion bar – Lobby Bar (212 432 1818) in the hotel. It's got a chilled-out, comfortable, a-little-too-glamourous-to-be-rustic vibe, and top-notch inventive cocktails like the Grand Prix with Japanese whisky, coconut vermouth, ras el hanout (a North African spice mix) & bitters, and the Muddy Water with cumin rye, Irish whiskey, cinnamon, bitters & absinthe.
Visit Hudson Malone (212-355-6607) Doug Quinn’s bilevel riff on a classic New York saloon is named for his two sons and kitted out with an array of artefacts: a deer head, the storied owner’s bow-tie collection. Try a glass of its freshly released branded wine: Hudson Malone Elegant White or Rustic Red, from the Napa Valley.
The Tarlow Empire’s new venture – Achilles Hell (347-987-3666) is a casual bar in a former ’60s-era tavern. While the cocktails are impressive, Tarlow wine power-woman Lee Campbell has curated an especially strong list including Luneau-Papin Muscadet and Piollot Champagne that go well with oysters or clams from the raw bar.
April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s original Meatpacking District the John Dory Oyster Bar (212-792-9000) was an ambitious, pricey endeavour, but its reincarnation in the Ace Hotel is an understated knockout. Tall stools face a raw bar stocked with a rotating mix of East and West Coast oysters, all expertly handled and impeccably sourced. True to form, the rest of Bloomfield’s tapas-style seafood dishes are intensely flavoured. Chilled lobster tastes larger than life, its sweet flesh slicked in herbaceous tomalley vinaigrette. Meanwhile, warm dishes take their cues mostly from the garlic-and-olive-oil belt—meaty octopus doused in aioli, plus miniature mussels stuffed with boisterous mortadella meatballs. Though the utilitarian sweets aren’t worth sticking around for, the savoury food here merits the inevitable wait for a table.
Michael White's extravagant, spectacular shrine to the Italian coastline is a worthy indulgence. Spend you shall, and with great rewards at Marea (212-691-8211). Start with crostini topped with velvety sea urchin and petals of translucent lardo, then move onto seafood-focused pastas, like fusilli spiralled around chunks of octopus in a bone-marrow–enriched sauce or sedating (like ridge less rigatoni) in a smoky cod-chowder sauce with potatoes and speck.
Danny Meyer’s first full-on foray into Italian cuisine focuses on the foods of Rome. The menu at Maialino (212-777-2410), from Chef Nick Wanderer, sets a new standard with faithful facsimiles of dishes specific to the area. Antipasti include delicate baby artichokes—deep-fried in olive oil—served with a pungent anchovy-bread sauce. Among the pastas that follow is excellent spaghetti all carbonara with egg yolks, guanciale and heaps of black pepper. Entrees, like the namesake maialino, a golden, fennel-rubbed piglet haunch presented with potatoes basted in pig fat, are a reminder of just how seductive authenticity can be. The restaurant, which is new to the Gramercy Park Hotel, hasn’t absorbed any attitude from its snooty surroundings (the velvet-rope Rose Bar is just across the lobby). Instead, expect Meyer’s trademark warmth and impeccable service—reservations seated on time, spills covered up between courses, napkins refolded when you get up from the table.
The beautiful desserts are, like the rest of the menu, faithful to Rome. Torta della nonna is, like versions found all across the city, a mix of toasted pine nuts and lemony custard. Even better is a frozen tartufo—fudgy gelato with a brandied cherry in the centre—just like the ones served in the Piazza Navona.
With New York increasingly overrun by complex spins on Italian cuisine, Meyer’s tribute to Rome offers a reminder of just how seductive authenticity can be.
Madison Avenue is definitely the place to be. This haute strip boasts fifteen blocks of celebrity designer shops including Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Kate Spade to name just a few) and flagship fashion-house boutiques (Prada, Hermès, Chanel). Kick things off at Mulberry on 57th Street, and be sure to leave some time for the grand finale at Ralph Lauren on 72nd Street.
Bring your loved one to the one and only Bergdorf Goodman (1 888 774 2424). Whether you are buying someone special that perfect gift, this is the store for you. You will find everything from stylish daytime suits, to Diane von Furstenberg dresses, a buzzling shoe zone on the second floor and let’s not forget about the enormous bag collection. Chaps, you could be spending a while in this store.
Established in 2005, the eponymous line of fashion designer Phillip Lim (212-730-2266) has already launched men’s, women’s, children’s and sustainable collections of clothing and accessories. All can be found at this two-and-a-half-year-old Mercer Street store, the first in a growing empire. And more important, as all the merchandise makes clear, Lim’s vision of modern fashion melds understated, classic silhouettes and enviable handmade details with wabi sabi imperfections and sometimes unexpected, yet always luxurious, material combinations.
Visit & Experience
Spanning 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world's greatest urban oases, encompassing a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil bodies of water—all sculpted by human hands. Designed in the mid-19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park is the centrepiece of the City's public parks system. Among its attractions are the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (which, weather permitting, operates seven days a week from April through October and intermittently the rest of the year). Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn offer sprawling expanses where visitors can relax and enjoy the outdoors. In the winter, there's ice-skating at Trump Rink, which provides a picturesque backdrop for that classic cold-weather pastime (a second Trump-run skating spot, Lasker Rink, is in a quiet section at the northern edge of the park). In the summer, the Delacorte Theatre hosts Shakespeare in the Park, outdoor performances of the Bard's work. Elsewhere, Rumsey Playfield serves as the primary home for Summer Stage, a citywide free performing-arts festival featuring music, dance, theatre and more. Notably, Rumsey hosts Metropolitan Opera recitals featuring singers and a pianist from the famed opera company.
No trip to New York City is complete without experiencing some of its world-class cultural institutions, and Museum Mile is a good place to start. This stretch of Fifth Avenue, from East 82nd to East 105th Streets—actually measuring a little longer than a mile—lays claim to one of the world's densest concentrations of culture. Museums along the "Mile" include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy Museum & School, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (closed for renovation through the fall of 2014), the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio.
The Statue of Liberty is New York City's most recognizable landmark, a gleaming beacon for generations of immigrants seeking a better life in America. To visit the monument, buy tickets online in advance of your trip at statuecruises.com. (Though you can see Lady Liberty from land, the short ferry ride to Liberty Island will bring you up close and personal.)
The nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum provides a fascinating view of a historic crossroads. At this site, visitors can explore the building that served as the first port of entry in the United States for approximately 12 million immigrants, as well as search ship manifests for passenger names in the American Family Immigration History Centre.
The original Yankee Stadium, known as "The House That Ruth Built," opened in 1923 and served as the Yankees' home until 2008. The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and the team capped the venue's inaugural season with its 27th World Series title. This monolith, which retains some of the more beloved features from the old hallowed iteration, is a must-see for any baseball fan. Visitors can take a guided tour, which includes stops at the clubhouse/batting cage area (only during the off-season or when the team is on the road), the dugout and Monument Park, as well as the New York Yankees Museum, which offers a fascinating look at the history of the storied franchise.
The memorial portion of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Centre was dedicated on September 11, 2011—the 10th anniversary of the attacks—with a ceremony for the families of victims, and opened to the public the following day. Admission to the memorial is free, and visitor passes are not required. Eight acres in all, the Memorial Plaza features more than 400 trees and provides a sanctuary for quiet contemplation. Waterfalls flow into two large reflecting pools, in the towers' footprints, and the names of the men, women and children who lost their lives are inscribed in bronze parapets that surround the pools. The museum, located beneath the Plaza, houses exhibitions with artefacts, pictures, videos and accounts from people from around the United States and the world, amounting to a jointly told history of September 11, 2001. Note that there is a charge for admission to the museum. Also nearby, the 9/11 Tribute Centre offers photos, walking tours and a collection of objects that bring visitors together in remembrance of 9/11 and its aftermath.
More than a means of transportation, the Staten Island Ferry is an attraction unto itself. For no charge, visitors can enjoy the 25-minute voyage by water from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and take in the Statue of Liberty and amazing views of New York Harbour and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry—which runs 24 hours a day and serves beer until midnight—drops off visitors at the St. George Ferry Terminal, close to the Staten Island Museum and the St. George Theatre, and just a short bus ride from the Snug Harbour Cultural Centre & Botanical Garden. The latter is an educational and entertaining destination (a former retirement home for sailors) encompassing numerous institutions whose diverse offerings should appeal to all interests and ages. Among them are the Newhouse Centre for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection and the Staten Island Children's Museum.
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