Rooftop bar and restaurant
We love the mix of styles used in the newly transformed rooftop bar. From its glass enclosure and brass-framed blue onyx cocktail bar to the Moroccan floor tiles and dreamy Italian fresco, this space is the perfect inspiring design spot to sip on a Spritz. The dining room (not shown) is industrial-loft-inspired, with a marble bar, vintage rose velvet banquette seating, lush greenery and a stunning circular communal table with a 10-ft. olive tree as a centrepiece. And when it gets colder, moveable walls keep the terrace vibes going all year round. The bar and dining room menus feature coastal European ingredients, fresh light bites and a cocktail menu crafted to perfection.
A night at the iconic Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District is a must. This chic 186-room hotel is a mix of classic meets contemporary design and includes all the mod cons. It also boasts a full-service ground-floor restaurant (with an amazing art collection), a revamped year-round rooftop bar and restaurant, a heated 45-ft. outdoor pool, and indoor and outdoor spaces with stunning 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. The rooftop also houses Saishin, a trendy omakase spot led by Michelin star-trained sushi chef and 20-plus-year veteran Frankie-Yong Dong. gansevoorthotelgroup.com
Get ready for some envious poolside vibes. There are comfy custom daybeds to lounge on and poolside service offering all-day snacks and cocktails. When you aren’t soaking in the heated pool, take in the dramatic views of Manhattan from 15 stories up.
Saishin is all about celebrating and embracing traditional Japanese cuisine. It’s the perfect spot for groups and solo adventurers to share a delicious culinary journey. With a focus on omakase sushi and Kaiseki tradition, the restaurant sources mindfully, keeping it fresh and seasonal.
- L’Appartement Sézane in New York’s Nolita district will inspire you with its certain je ne sais quoi. This laid-back French clothing label with a cult following has the perfect Parisian styled clothes housed in a space that will inspire some serious home decorating. sezane.com
- Enjoy a classic Audrey Hepburn moment by having breakfast at Tiffany’s! The Blue Box Café located in the landmark flagship store on 5th Avenue offers a seasonally inspired menu in elegant surroundings in its signature Tiffany blue shade. Swoon. After breakfast, nip down a flight of stairs to pick up a special (Audrey approved) souvenir. blueboxcafenyc.com
- No trip to NYC is complete without a slice of pizza (there are around 362 pizza parlours in Manhattan). Enter Scott’s Pizza Tours. Put on your walking shoes, because for more than two hours, you will hit the streets and walk to three pizzerias and learn about the history, science and culture of each style of pizza. scottspizzatours.com
- Rent a rowboat in Central Park – an 840-acre verdant oasis in the middle of the city. The little boat fits up to four people and offers a great way to get up close and personal with the park’s egrets, herons and loons. centralpark.com
- Summit One Vanderbilt is a mind-blowing art installation called Air. Crafted by Kenzo Digital, this masterpiece is a mix of mirrored rooms, sleek glass sky boxes and interactive zones that’ll whisk you into a fully immersive art wonderland – all while you soak in the city’s dynamic views. summitov.com
- Take a quick jaunt across a causeway to Little Island, an artificial island on the Hudson River. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to admire art, gardens, performances and city views in this free public park. littleisland.org
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) boasts a huge collection of contemporary and modern art and it’s a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC for a couple of hours. Prepare to get lost in the expansive and stunning work of art Water Lilies by Claude Monet. moma.org