Manhattan

Discover NYC’s best view from Top of the Rock

Ignore the recommendations from friends, Top of the Rock is the view of Manhattan the Empire State Building will never be able to deliver. As it’s name would suggest, Top of the Rock can be found at the top of 30 Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Rockefeller Plaza is a series of buildings housing high-end shops to legal offices, but as the...

Review: Minetta Tavern, NY

Michelin star winning burgers and its Italian heritage has made Greenwich Village mainstay, the Minetta Tavern a hot spot for casual dining for the fine dining set. As local Greenwich Village residents, the Minetta Tavern has been on our list of places to try since first moving to the neighborhood three years ago. Its position on a crowded corner of McDougall and...

Review: Mother of Pearl cocktail lounge

Mother of Pearl is a cocktail bar in New York’s East Village. There is no shortage of quality cocktail bars in New York. To stand out from the crowd, each has their shtick: hard cover recipe books sold internationally, hidden speakeasies, copper Moscow mule cups – Will Ferrell themes. You need to have a story to go with those $15 cocktails and when you crack...

The Carlyle Hotel and Bemelmans Bar, NY

Old money and classic cocktails are the essence of what makes a night at The Carlyle Hotel and Bemelmans Bar feel so intoxicatingly romantic. The Carlyle Hotel is one of New York’s finest hotels. It has been the choice for British royals, the Beatles and Mick Jagger. Built in 1930, the 35 floor, art deco block was partially occupied by permanent well-to-do guests and...

The Standard Hotel, Highline, NYC

The Standard Hotel is one of New York’s hottest destinations for twenty to forty-something travelers. Beautiful people like beautiful places and ones where they’re seen or can tell the world that they’re there via Instagram. The Standard Hotel is one of those places. It’s earned its social accolades by delivering hundreds of thousands of hashtag-worthy photos of...

The Cloisters, Met Collection, NY

The Cloisters are the home of the main portion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval collection. Up at the extreme end of Manhattan, almost to the Harlem River you’ll find a stretch of riverside parkways that skirt Broadway, around 200th Street. A few hundred years ago, this was the site of a British fort and a defeat for the colonials. Today, it’s green space...

Fort Tryon Medieval Fair, New York

Once a year, New York’s nerds and history buffs descend on Fort Tryon Park for the annual medieval fair. After a dreary, wet week and the promise of a clearer, warmer escape to the outdoors, we approached the Fort Tryon Medieval Festival with high hopes. Not having been to a good medieval festival since attending the abbey museum version near Bribie Island...

Union Square Green Markets, New York

In a megalopolis as large as Manhattan, you’d think accessing fresh food from local Green Markets would be nigh on impossible, but Union Square is the place to go. Thankfully there’s no shortage of farm fresh and farm-to-table options. From the Westside Markets to Whole Foods, there’s genuine, GMO-free deliciousness to be found if you know the right place to look...

Friedsam Carousel, Central Park, NY

The Friedsam Carousel stands as a living piece of history in Central Park’s southern end. For a couple of dollars, you’ll be transported back to the final years of the 19th Century as you ride a fine stallion accompanied by an original music box. Step right up! There’s a strange, stately majesty that collides with a spirit of childlike glee when one first sets eyes...

People watching in Bryant Park, New York

In the heart of midtown’s high stress and high traffic stands Bryant Park, a much-needed escape and an oasis to take a moment to refresh and watch the world go by. Bryant Park is as close to the middle of Manhattan as you can get. Bordered by Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets, it’s one block from Times Square. The New York Public Library adjoins it...