Posted on May 28, 2013

Each trip to New York proves to be a combination of old favorites and new finds. This trip we go a little “Kim-ye” staying at the Gansevoort and trying Anthony Boudain’s digs for dinner. At the same time, we just can’t resist Madison Avenue inspiration, a C.Wonder Shopping spree and a small plate and cocktail at Gramercy Tavern!

STAYGansevoort Park Avenue NYC

Gansevoort Park Avenue offers downtown edge with an uptown sensibility. Boasting 249 luxury rooms and remarkable suites, most with lofty ceilings, Juliet balconies, and five fixture bathrooms – the property perched on the corner of 29th Street and Park Avenue couldn’t be more centrally located. A three-story atrium lobby showcases striking herringbone granite floors, an oversized fireplace, and dramatic aubergine chandeliers.

In addition to the signature rooftop pool, ideal for sunbathing and city-escape daydreaming, Gansevoort Park Avenue also offers a bi-level rooftop bar + lounge, an outpost of the West Village’s favorite upscale sport’s bar Windsor, The One Group’s Ristorante Asellina – a 10,000 square foot trattoria offering Italian-inspired fare, an exhale Spa complete with transformational healing therapies and yoga classes, Cutler salon, a state-of-the-art gym and more. Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC is ideally located in Manhattan’s NoMad district, just steps away from Broadway shows in Times Square, beautiful urban gardens in Gramercy Park, fine dining around Madison Square Park and shopping in Union Square.

DINEBrasserie Les Halles

Brasserie Les Halles is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain, author of the best selling Kitchen Confidential and host of the TV Show, No Reservations.  Bustling and lively, Brasserie Les Halles is a typical Parisian brasserie serving fresh and simple dishes of France’s everyday cuisine. For centuries, the old market district of Paris, Les Halles, fed people from all walks of life with food stalls, restaurants, brasseries, bistros and cafes, open at all times day and night. For a simple, but delicious dinner under $35 at Les Halles, go in for the fabulous Les Halles Cocktail made from St.Germain, Club Soda and Champagne {not to mention its delivered in the most adorable beeker} and the Steak, Frites, Salade.

Gramercy Tavern

One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests for close to two decades to enjoy seasonal American cuisine, warm hospitality and unparalleled service. The restaurant is perennially ranked at the top of Zagat Survey’s ‘Most Popular’ list, and has garnered eight James Beard Awards including ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ and ‘Best Chef: NYC’. Chef Michael Anthony’s highly seasonal menu consists of elegant dishes with a rustic influence that showcase the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors.

The Main Dining Room serves prix-fixe menus starting at $92 for dinner and an a la carte menu for lunch, and accepts reservations 28 days in advance. The more casual Tavern serves an a la carte menu centered around the wood burning grill, and welcomes guests on a walk-in basis. The restaurant also features an acclaimed wine list, and thoughtfully selected beer and cocktail offerings.

SHOPC.Wonder

C. Wonder is a shopping destination that transports women into a world of luxury and surprises. Created to deliver brightness to every corner of life, C. Wonder offers an entirely new retail experience: clothing, accessories and home decor products of outstanding quality and astonishing value in a setting that excites and inspires.

C. Wonder offers a diverse assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products that pair timeless design elements with fresh twists, such as unexpected colors and patterned linings. They edit their collection to offer solely must-haves — key items to enhance a room, refresh a wardrobe or inspire a memorable experience. With breathtaking, always-changing window and floor displays, gorgeous decorative schemes inspired by fine homes, and intriguing surprises to uncover {visit their fitting room!}, C. Wonder is an absolute delight to visit!

J. McLaughlin: The J.McLaughlin sensibility is influenced by where their customer lives and plays. Their stores are located and designed with that in mind. Be it on Madison Avenue or Main Street, each store makes its presence known with a whisper not a shout. Residential in feel and reflective of the surroundings, the stores evoke a comfortable sense of always having been there. While at the same time, their inimitable bespoke {no two stores are alike} décor encourages their customers to linger awhile and browse. That same sense of familiarity and invitation to spend some time exploring extends to J.McLaughlin.

When it comes to the clothing, the palette is grounded by trademark J.McLaughlin blue with its complements filtered through a very particular lens. Pattern {be it print, embroidered or woven} is equally sophisticated with signature J.McLaughlin character: influenced by the past, yet refreshed with a keen eye for proportion… and an occasional healthy dollop of wit.

TOURWhitney Museum

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

Central Park

A visual masterpiece created by landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux, Central Park has gone through major developments and restoration over time to carry on its initial purpose as an open-air oasis for a metropolitan city. No matter the season or reason for your visit, this national historic landmark is a setting for enjoying many pursuits: bicycle ridingstrollingrollerbladingice-skatingpicnicking, and much more!

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