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The best new places to eat, see and stay in New York

From a new skyscraper hotel and a Michelin-starred food tour to an exhibition of rarely seen paintings by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York never ceases to amaze with new experiences, places to stay, eat and drink. Armed with a New York CityPASS, which offers free entry to many of New York’s top attractions, and a seven-day subway pass for $33, you can do a remarkable amount and make new discoveries along the way.

New hotels in Manhattan

The chic boutique hotel Modern Haus in Soho is a design marvel with 114 unique rooms and suites. Each guest room features a carefully considered color palette, reclaimed hardwood floors, custom furniture, and unique sculptures and paintings by artists such as George Condo, Jean Dubuffet, and Hans Hofmann. The top suite is the 1,315 square foot Penthouse, overlooking the Freedom Tower and the East River. Key to comfort in all guest rooms are Le Labo toiletries and Frette fine-thread-count cotton linens. If you want to take some of that luxury home with you, the hotel has a shop selling hoodies, hats, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, and candles.

Dining and drinking options are excellent, from all-day dining on the second floor, Jumpin Jacks, chef George Mendes’ elegant Veranda Restaurant, and for stunning sunset views and great cocktails, Jimmy’s rooftop pool bar. Modern Haus doesn’t have a spa, but it has a partnership with AIRE Ancient Baths, five minutes from the hotel. Housed in a textile factory dating back to 1883, six thermal baths at different temperatures, a jet bath and a brine bath offer a truly relaxing experience.

New to Midtown is the Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad near Madison Square Park. The 50-story building, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, features 219 luxurious guest rooms including 31 suites. The top Ritz-Carlton suite is spectacular. The suite spans 2,100 square feet and offers stunning 360-degree views. It features a private spa room, separate living and dining areas, a media room and a huge walk-in closet.

All rooms and suites are outfitted with 400-thread-count Frette linens, while terrazzo marble bathrooms feature fancy toiletries from French brand Diptyque. A spa and a well-equipped gym are located below the lobby. Food and beverage options include the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge upstairs on the 36th floor, the chic Zaytinya with a Mediterranean mezze menu by award-winning chef José Andrés and Nubeluz, the newly opened rooftop bar on the 50th floor.

The lively, 446-room Hard Rock Hotel opened on Music Row earlier this year and pays homage to the recording studios and music stores that once lined 48th Street. For music lovers, this hotel is a paradise with live music in all public areas and guests can enjoy Crosley turntables and Fender guitars in their rooms. Music-inspired memorabilia can be found everywhere, from a classic leather motorcycle jacket worn by Joey Ramone to a pair of silver patent leather boots worn by Lady Gaga.

The hotel’s top suite is the luxurious 1,600-square-foot Rock Star Suite, a two-story penthouse with an open plan living and dining area, bar, private terrace and direct VIP access to the RT60’s rooftop bar and lounge. Food and drinks are available on the 34th floor at the RT60 Rooftop Bar and Lounge with great views. Downstairs is an excellent steakhouse, NYY Steak, while Sessions offers fresh, seasonal cuisine in a musical setting.

New restaurants and culinary tours

Visit New York City’s best restaurants, including hard-to-book Michelin-star restaurants, on a decadent food tour of the Flatiron District with Avital. A three-course Michelin experience visits three top restaurants, filled with history and fascinating anecdotes interjected by exuberant tour guide Sophie Brubaker. A Food and Culture Tour with Avital offers an excellent gourmet dining experience in the Flatiron area, including restaurants with hard-to-get reservations like the lively, Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse Cote, red snapper ceviche at Italian seafood specialist Scampi, the Mit Cioccolato paired with Vintage Port finishes in Fifth Avenue favorite Ai Fiori. All three are excellent, but the star of the tour was chef David Shim and Simon Kim’s hotspot, Cote, an inspired combination of a classic steakhouse and Korean tabletop grill. The menu features USDA Prime, as well as Japanese and American Wagyu cuts, and delicious sides like egg casserole and kimchi stew.

Themed historical walks and foodie tours from Devour Tours are brilliant. Though Little Italy knows the name, many of Manhattan’s Italian immigrants have called Greenwich Village home over the years. The tour provides a comprehensive look at the Italian history and culture that shaped the area, with stops for tastings at nine family-run Greenwich Village restaurants. Meet the owner of the neighborhood pasta shop and see the pasta machine her family has used for over a century. Discover the birthplace of New York’s first cappuccino and. Enjoy a slice of New York’s finest pizza.

Arva at the new Aman Hotel Arva, under the direction of Executive Chef Dario Ossola, pays homage to Italy’s rustic, cucina del raccolto Tradition (Harvest Kitchen) and sources the majority of its ingredients locally and partners with initiatives like Grow NYC and Our Harvest, which collectively represent over 750 farmers and 100 farmers markets in and around New York City. Fulton Fish Market offers the seafood.

James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés oversees food at the Ritz-Carlton Nomad, including lively ground-floor Zaytinya, which serves a delicious mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.

art

This year’s top trade fair in New York has been extended until January 1, 2023 due to high demand. Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, a brilliant exhibition of previously unpublished works by the late great artist, opened this spring and was extended by popular demand. This carefully curated exhibition, organized by the artist’s family, features over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, music, films and ephemera that tell the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective and his artistic endeavours his personal intertwining life, influences and the times in which he lived.

Art lovers can also use a New York City Pass to skip the line at major museums like the Guggenheim and MOMA. Current big shows are the painter Alex Katz and the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. The Fotomuseum Fotografiska New York is also a must with its current exhibition of works by David LaChapelle.

jazz clubs

Uptown has a glamorous new jazz club in the basement of the Aman Hotel with the same sound system as Lincoln Center. Enter this glamorous pub through a discreet staff entrance on the side of the hotel. The current owner of hip West Village club Fat Cat (now called Cellar Dog) runs the Jazz Club at Aman. In the same area, the tiny Japanese restaurant Tomi is in the basement, where you’ll probably have to queue, but inside there’s excellent live jazz every night.

Walk downtown to Cellar Dog in the West Village and some of the world’s best jazz clubs. Arthur’s Tavern, one of the oldest, opened in 1937 and has been delighting jazz lovers ever since with quality live jazz and blues music from the likes of Charlie Parker and Roy Hargrove. Small’s, a small basement bar, is just awesome. It’s a true affair of the heart, running on a minimal budget and showcasing emerging talent and international acts. Small’s, along with nearby Mezzrow’s, is run by jazz pianist Spike Wilner, who keeps admission affordable for avid jazz fans. Also essential for jazz lovers is the legendary Village Vanguard, where many of the greats have performed and recorded albums including John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon and Wynton Marsalis.

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