This month we take a close look at some of our favourite places to eat, shop, relax and be inspired in The Big Apple. From a veggie-centric eatery in Chinatown to a sprawling gallery Upstate, our NYC city guide will help you fill a few more New York minutes wisely during your next trip.
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The Wythe Hotel
One of the city's most talked about new hotels, 11 Howard, was designed by Anda Andrei in collaboration with Space Copenhagen; the hotel is characterised by its natural materials, neutral tones and bespoke furnishings. In addition to 221 well-appointed rooms, the hotel also boasts world-class food and beverage offerings by restaurateur Stephen Starr. 11 Howard’s sprawling Terrace Suite was home to the bassike showroom during New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
Located in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, The Wythe Hotel took shape within the walls of an old factory overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Now beautifully renovated the hotel offers 70 minimally designed guest rooms filled with natural light and raw, original fittings. While spending time at The Wythe Hotel be sure to visit the rooftop bar for incredible views across to the city.
The Apartment by The Line
Get lost in 6 levels of expertly curated homewares, furniture, jewellery and apparel at ABC Carpet & Home on Broadway. While you visit don’t forget to stop by ABC Kitchen for a lunch or dinner made with seasonal organic produce.
A light filled loft in the heart of SoHo is home to the real-world incarnation of premium online retailer, ‘The Line’. The apartment itself dates back to 1872 and has been reborn as the home of a discerning woman who appreciates a finely tailored jacket as much as a bespoke leather chair. Encompassing the best in fashion, home and beauty, The Apartment by The Line offers private appointments to experience their carefully curated range.
On an out-of-the-way strip of Bond Street, this sub-level bookstore is devoted exclusively to contemporary photography, including a particularly impressive range of international titles from Japan and Europe.
Located in Manhassat, this century-old retail empire is a destination for those seeking a mix of international luxury and designer brands. The family run business is well worth the hour's drive from the city, especially for seasoned shoppers who feel they've somehow exhausted all of the usual go-tos in Manhattan.
David Zwirner Gallery
Aire Ancient Baths
Representing over 40 artists, David Zwirner’s Chelsea Gallery has been an important part of the New York art scene since opening in 1993 and has been home to innovative, singular, and pioneering exhibitions across a variety of medias and genres. We recommend you visit on a Thursday evening, when the Chelsea gallery precinct comes alive with openings and exhibitions of new work.
Aire Ancient Baths is the perfect place to relax after a long day in the city or for those seeking refuge from the New York winter freeze. Hidden away on a side street in TriBeCa the spa is a deeply atmospheric subterranean cavern lit by candles alone. A fusion of bathing rituals from the traditions of the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Arab empires, Aire Ancient Baths will be a sanctuary for those wanting an indulgent spa experience in the city.
De Maria is a hip new restaurant in NoLIta designed by a talented team of New York women and headed up by chef Camille Becerra. The menu is full of vibrant, healthy offerings including a crisped quinoa and a turmeric-poached egg, lemon-vanilla and black lava salt focaccia that is well worth writing home about.
Ruby’s Diner is somewhat of an institution for the expat Australian living in New York. Serving up comfort food reminiscent of home, Ruby’s prides itself on using fresh local produce balanced with Australian culinary influences. We highly recommend the Bronte Burger or the classic Avo on toast.
Since opening in the summer of 2006, David Chang's Momofuku Ssäm Bar has consistently been listed as one of the world’s best restaurants. A go-to food hall for the enlightened food lover the selection of small and large share plates are served well into the early hours on weekends, making it one of the best places for a late night snack in the city.
Lorring Place is Chef Dan Kluger’s new restaurant that has recently opened to glowing reviews. Nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village, Kluger's menu is comprised of share plates made with farm fresh ingredients sourced from the Union Square Greenmarket.
A long time favourite, Dimes is a small, veggie-centric eatery tucked away in the back streets of Chinatown. If you visit on the weekend be sure to order the Winter Hash with buttercup squash, brussels sprouts, black rice and a side of avocado.
The Glass House
A must for any architecturally minded traveller, the Philip Johnson’s Glass House is located in New Canaan, CT and is just an hour and twenty minutes from Grand Central by train. Built by Johnson as his personal residence, the 49 acre property comprises fourteen structures and features a permanent collection of 20th-century paintings and sculptures. The Glass House is open to visitors from May through November.
In May 2003, Dia Art Foundation opened Dia:Beacon on the banks of the Hudson River. The sprawling pavilion presents an evolving collection of art from the 1960s to today and includes permanent works by artists such as Dan Flavin, Walter De Maria and Lawrence Weiner.
Set on the Montauk coastline, The Surf Lodge has become a popular weekend escape for New Yorkers wanting to get out of the city. Part boutique hotel and part entertainment venue, over the warmer months the lodge hosts a series of concerts bringing the usually quiet seaside destination to life.