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Gramercy Park Hotel's Recommendations for New York City

Nightlife

Sleep No More

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Sleep No More is set in a building with five floors of theatrical action, putatively called the McKittrick Hotel, though with many rooms and features not normally associated with hotels, including those which resemble an antiquated lunatic asylum, doctor’s offices, children’s bedrooms, a cemetery, indoor courtyards, shops, a padded cell, a ballroom, taxidermist’s menageries, and so on. The actors and their environment all adopt the dress, decor, and aesthetic style of the early 20th century, inspired by the shadowy and anxious atmosphere of film noir.

530 W. 27th Street, Chelsea

call (212) 904-1883 | view map

Dining

Fat Radish

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The Fat Radish is a simple, elegant and airy room that still retains the industrial feel of London's original Covent Garden marketplace. The cuisine does not fall into one particular category but rather returns to a way of eating before food was constantly classified. The menu is bound by one philosophy, simple, healthy, delicious dishes created with well-sourced, seasonal ingredients.

17 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

call (212) 300-4053 | view map

Museums

New Museum

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Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. The New Museum, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, is a seven-story, eight-level structure between Stanton and Rivington Streets, at the origin of Prince Street in New York City.

235 Bowery, Bowery

call (212) 343-0460 | view map

Nightlife

Rose Bar

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The Rose Bar and Jade Bar are two of the most original and exciting public spaces in New York City. These incredible candlelit spaces are unique atmospheres imbued with the same spontaneous, haute bohemian, eclectic, eccentric and edgy sophistication one would find in an artist’s studio or home. 

2 Lexington Avenue, Gramercy

call (212) 920-3300 | view map

Drinking

Bathtub Gin

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Gin was the predominant drink in the United States during the prohibition-era 1920's and many variations were created. "Baththub Gin" was developed in response to the poor-quality of alcohol that was available at the time. By mixing it with other flavorings, such as juniper berries, and allowing the mixture to steep in a tub for several hours or even days, the gin became more drinkable. Upholding tradition, this bar mixes its gin and other spirits with the finest and freshest fruits, juices, syrups and infusions in cocktails inspired by original recipes.

132 9th Avenue, Chelsea

call (646) 559-1671 | view map

Nightlife

N. 8

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No. 8 is a bi-level restaurant and lounge located in the heart of New York City’s thriving Chelsea art district. No. 8 stands alone as a unique experience in the context of New York nightlife and culinary enjoyment created by Amy Sacco and brought to life by Bobby Rossi and LDV Hospitality.

357 W 16th Street, Chelsea

call (212) 206-1096 | view map

Dining

Ken & Cook

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Located in the heart of Nolita, Ken & Cook is the inspiration of Jean Georges alumnus Artan Gjoni and Chef Richard Diamonte. Chef has created a Contemporary American menu with signature dishes including Oyster Rockefeller, Monkfish, & Fried Chicken. The restaurant also features a fresh Raw Bar for diners to enjoy seasonal Clams, Oysters, Shrimp, and Lobster. Ken & Cook's industrial brasserie design includes painted original brick, pressed tin ceilings, wood paneling, vintage leather banquettes, and polished brass elements.

19 Kenmare Street, NoLita

call (212) 966-3058 | view map

Dining

La Esquina

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La Esquina serves market fresh Authentic Mexican food in 3 distinct spaces at one location.

114 Kenmare Street, NoLita

call (646) 613-1333 | view map

Nightlife

ACME

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A storied and time-worn rock 'n' roll club has been renovated into a cocktail bar, ideal for pre-dinner drinks, dining, and private events. The bar includes an extensive collection of small production spirits and modern variations on classic cocktails located below the Acme bistro.

9 Great Jones Street, Noho

call (212) 203-2121 | view map

Shopping

Barneys CO-OP

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A “go-to destination” for “up-to-the-minute” cult-fashion favorites including Acne, A.L.C., Carven, Maison Kitsuné and Suno, premium denim and “private-label pieces that shouldn’t be overlooked”, “Barneys’ hip younger sister” is the one the “young and cool” “prefer to pull out their wallet for”; while the merch sports “more modest price tags” than its “posh” parent it’s still somewhat “rough” on budgets, and sensitive stylistas hiss that the “super-trendy” staff makes you “feel invisible.”

116 Wooster Street, Soho

call (212) 965-9964 | view map

Shopping

MOMA Design Store

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Visit the Soho location for a diverse selection of design objects and gifts from classic twentieth-century designers and today's brightest design talent. On the lower level, shop a MUJI store and browse an extensive collection of architecture and design books.

81 Spring Street, Soho

call (646) 613-1367 | view map

Dining

Super Linda

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Nightlife magic-makers Matt Abramcyk and Serge Becker have some of the city's most exclusive spots under their belts (the Beatrice Inn, La Esquina) and they combined forces with Bar Bruno's Richard Ampudia to open Super Linda, a bi-level Tribeca bar and restaurant. The name in Spanish translates roughly to "gorgeous," and the place is a looker, from the 85-seat dining room to the 30-spot El Jockey Lounge downstairs, decked out with horse-racing paraphernalia. The menu from chef John Martinez (Tiny's) hews Latin American, as do drinks: beers from various South American countries, and, of course, margaritas.

109 West Broadway, Tribeca

call (212) 227-8998 | view map

Drinking

Smith & Mills

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Smith & Mills: A keen interest in Bauhaus and Constructivism, a reverence for industry and design, all inspiration for a restaurant that contemplates and considers bringing something new to something past. Akiva Elstein and Matthew Abramcyk have created an environment where soft lights envelope aging materials, from walls wrapped in molded plaster to a bar and doors fabricated from centuries-old wood, even to a turn-of–the-century elevator cabin. 

71 North Moore Street, Chinatown

call (212) 226-2515 | view map

Shopping

Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony New York was the first store opened by Carol and Humberto and remains the heart and soul of OC. OCNY is comprised of two stores. The second space, located next-door at 33 Howard Street, houses menswear by brands including Acne, Band of Outsiders, Kenzo, Jeremy Scott, and Opening Ceremony. The original store now occupies four stories of 35 Howard Street and features a shoe gallery in the basement, a kid’s corner, a bookshop, and four floors of womenswear.

35 Howard Street, Soho

call (212) 219-2688 | view map

Dining

Beatrice Inn

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Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief, Graydon Carter, opened the Beatrice Inn, an innovative chophouse that his partner Emil Varda describes as “charming” and The New York Times has dubbed “handsome.” Located in the West Village, the lovingly restored building was once home to a simple Italian joint and dates back to 1840. At the helm of the restaurant’s kitchen is former Per Se sous chef Brian Nasworthy, who does modern American fare.

285 West 12th Street, West Village

call (917) 566-7400 | view map

Drinking

Vinatta Project

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The Project is a downtown Manhattan haunt that embodies the empirical components of a perfect night out — delicious food, complete beverage program, friendly service and a hip yet inviting atmosphere, complete with hand-crafted bespoke cocktails, a state-of-the-art enomatic wine offering, and a selection of artisanal spirits and unique beers

69 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District

call (646) 398-9125 | view map

Shopping

Jeffrey

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Jeffrey is a one-stop, easy shopping experience. Each salesperson is trained to be a personal shopper for his or her client, and customer service is their main concern. The goal is to provide service that is warm, fun, friendly, and informative for the customer. The buyers select the most exciting pieces that fashion has to offer each season and carefully edit every collection to feature only the best of the best, making Jeffrey the perfect closet for any man or woman.

449 West 14th Street, Chelsea

call (212) 206-1272 | view map

Museums

MOMA

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The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Their mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

11 West 53rd Street, Midtown

call (212) 708-9400 | view map

Drinking

Bemelmans

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Named in honor of the legendary artist, Ludwig Bemelmans, this is a timeless New York watering hole that has drawn socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades. Restored in 2002 by designer Thierry Despont, the bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling. Featuring the only surviving Bemelmans' commission open to the public, the bar combines wit and coziness in unique New York style at The Carlyle.

35 East 76th Street, Upper East Side

call (212) 744-1600 | view map

Museums

Whitney

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The Whitney Museum of American Art, often referred to simply as "the Whitney", is an art museum with a focus on 20th- and 21st-century American art. The Whitney's permanent collection comprises more than 19,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 2,900 artists. The Whitney places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists for its collection as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the first half of the last century.

945 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side

call (212) 570-3600 | view map

Museums

Guggenheim

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (often referred to as "The Guggenheim") is a well-known art museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It is the permanent home of a renowned and continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hilla von Rebay.

1071 5th Avenue, Upper East Side

call (212) 423-3500 | view map

Museums

MOMA PS 1

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MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art. 

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

call (718) 784-2084 | view map

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