DKT’s Fashionable guide to the
DTK is ending 2018 strong! With the savvy & health-conscious reader in mind, we’ve curated a plethora of vibrant bars worth visiting, hotels nothing short of astonishing, delectable dishes worth feasting on, spas to rejuvenate one’s senses and the most spectacular vistas and streets worth exploring Welcome to New York City.
By Christine Elizabeth Laprade
There are very few cities as innovative, driven and as high-energy as NYC. Always on the cutting edge of arts and fashion and with a culinary scene that can rival the best, the city’s frenetic streetscape and world-class amenities have been a tourist magnet. Its relentless pace, neon marquees, and goosebump-inducing museums are legendary, however new top draws appear year-round. Here are a few of our new favourite hangouts, whether you are a local or a leisure traveller.
As soon as you get off the plane…
A comfortable pair of shoes is the gateway to enjoying Manhattan to its fullest. The High Line offers great vistas over the Meatpacking District and the Hudson River – perfect to catch some rays on a sunny day and to escape from the daily hustle & bustle. The elevated walking platform is dotted with sculptures and various art projects, shrubs and flowers. Too crowded? Get off and seize the opportunity to peruse some of the best art galleries located nearby, in Chelsea.
If you’re in need of a good pampering sesh…
The Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa at Loews Regency Hotel offers anti-aging bespoke facials (the glycolic acid peel and the NaturaBissé moisturizing mask left our skin seriously flawless) by the city’s top practitioners, along with blowouts, manicures, etc. One of the toniest addresses on Park Avenue (its clientele includes politicians, fashion designers, and elegantly clad women) but also one of the most professional ones in the city. Outstanding service from attentive staff equipped with earpieces, thus ensuring customers’ appointment timeliness and efficiency, elevated the experience to a perfect 10.
Or perhaps something a little more leisurely….
On our way to a 50-minute massage we ran into two Real Housewives of New York City alums- Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill – how ironic! The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtownhas only been opened for a year, yet flocks of celebrities and basketball players are drawn to its expert massage therapists, first-class amenities (such as opulent locker rooms where you can freshen up with every toiletry imaginable), and a discreet lounge where you can relax afterward. Each of the 7 treatment rooms located in this haven of serenity boasts the latest technology, and to top it off, they have on display, a selection of natural beauty products. Nestled between a lattice of travertine floors and stone-clad columns, the lap pool is nothing short of breathtaking. Last but not least, they also have a few resident healers! Without a doubt, The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown sets the standard in terms of luxury wellness experiences. A treat worth every single penny.
When you need to refuel…
Dr Smood in Soho, aptly described as “Perhaps the healthiest café in New York”, offers a wide array of veggie jerkies, shakes, organic food, coffee, and live juices- in a posh setting. Open Wi-Fi to boot.
Sweets by CHLOEon Bleecker street offers some of the most scrumptious vegan treats in town. Super trendy.
Murray’s Bagels: A favorite neighbourhood spot where locals line up at every hour of the day for a decadent lox bagel sandwich. Perfect for sharing and tofu “cream cheese” is also available.
So much room for activities….
Save for its obvious world-renowned attractions, where do we even begin, since most neighbourhoods host a jumble of places and things to see? It might be hard to choose between a Broadway premiere for some, or between the Delacroix retrospective and Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, for others. Should you intend to go museum hopping, make sure to get your hands on a CityPass. It’s essentially a prepaid, discounted ticket booklet which gives you access to the most popular attractions New York has to offer.
If you get tired of exploring…
In need of some quality respite in the heart of the city that never sleeps? Sirens, buoyant streets, enthusiastic honking- not every hotel offers noise canceling windows.
The Bernic Hotel offers an undeniable value for your money. With its skyscrapers as a sexy backdrop, stylish, comfortable and contemporary furniture, its convenient location in Midtown near Grand Central Terminal, heated floors and vast balconies, this 96-room boutique hotel is a great new addition to the urban scene. Especially ideal for couples and located a walking distance from MoMa, Bloomingdales, Times Square and a slew of luxury shops. Inside the rooms: free wifi, rainfall shower, Nespresso coffee machine, in-room dining, Beekman 1801 toiletries… What’s not to like? Average price for a standard room: $199 – $819.
Travelling with children, celebrating a special occasion, looking for something conducive to luxury and quality? Turns out that the spanking new Four Seasons Downtown has it all and might have even outdone itself… A minute’s walk from a subway station and a block away from One World Trade Center, the year-old sumptuous hotel guarantees total serenity in such a bustling part of town. Is it the exquisite dining (the newly opened Cut by Wolfgang Puck), the first class staff who go the extra mile to fulfill your every wish and greets you by name, the total quietness that reigns supreme in the elegant room, the blackout shades that make one wonder whether it’s day or night, the vast marble bathroom, the infamous skyline, the Salvatore Ferragamo toiletry or its Architectural Digest-front page-worthy indoor pool? It doesn’t take long to realize that this is no ordinary NYC hotel. A hit with families sophisticated yet makes everyone feel welcome. A room online starts at $775+.
Sightseeing makes us hungry…
Dining out and eating is what the Big Apple does best.
Tokyo Record Bar: nestled in Air’s Champagne Parlorbasement, (another one of our faves for a romantic night out!) this newcomer is already making waves. The 16-seat joint boasts one of the coolest vibes in Greenwich Village, cherry blossom ceilings, a $50 izakaya menu, meticulously curated sake, and inventive cocktails. The lucky diners get to choose their own songs from a Vinyl playlist. Perfect for late-night dining and a fun night out. RSVPs are a must.
With an abiding connection to the produce and some of the headiest dishes we’ve ever sampled, Café Altro Paradisio could easily serve as the polestar for light Italian cuisine. A critically acclaimed team, a James Beard nominated chef and an unpretentious yet elegant space set in West SoHo make this newcomer simply… outstanding.
The Llama Inn proves that you haven’t fully experienced NYC until you experience Brooklyn, which has become a mecca for natural wine lovers and gourmets on the lookout for the best new culinary sensation. This eatery offers a creative twist on small, roll-your-eyes-back-delicious Peruvian dishes and boasts plenty of vegetarian options to choose from. Lively atmosphere. Sit at the chef’s table, sip on a pisco-based Latin drink and let the talented brigade entertain you. The dainty sauce drizzled over the anticuchos (grilled skewers) makes for an obscenely good appetizer and the ceviche and its bold flavours will wake up your palate like never before.
The ultimate power breakfast, The Regency Bar & Grill makes for a chic and lively dining option (or divine post-shopping cocktails & nibbles). From the famed Sant Ambroeus restaurateurs.
New York keeps rewriting itself daily. One thing is undeniable: from exhibits to historic enclaves to culinary newcomers, no one leaves Manhattan without stars in their eyes…