The Look & Experience
The Mercer Hotel located in a Romanesque Revival building in the heart of SoHo, one of New York’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Come and savour experiencing a stay in this classy Mercer Hotel.
Bed and Bath
Tall ceilings, bay windows and big bathrooms. The 75 guestrooms are decked out with designer furnishings
About Your Stay
If you want to experience a little bit of SoHo during your stay in New York, the elegant Mercer Hotel should be at the top of your itinerary list. This Romanesque Revival building oozes style and sophistication and those of you who love shopping will notice that this stunning hotel is a prime perch for shopaholics.
Enjoy a glass of vino in charming surroundings in the Mercer Kitchen Bar before devouring top-notch cuisine in the Mercer Kitchen.
After a fabulous feast, get ready to explore the entirety of this bustling city where you will definitely encounter so many world famous sights. Definitely have the camera at the ready.
At the Hotel
The Mercer Kitchen
Mercer Kitchen Bar
Complimentary passes to nearby gym
Business Centre and Meeting Rooms
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.a
Visit Hudson Malone (212-355-6607) Doug Quinn’s bi-level 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 and Kate Spade to name just a few and flagship fashion-house boutiques including Prada and Chanel. Kick things off on 57th Street at Mulberry 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 and Belvedere Castle. 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.
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 Jewish Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
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.
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.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
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.
Staten Island Ferry
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.
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