about New York
Places to Eat (6)
Wrap vegetables and/or meat marinated in Indian spices in Indian flat bread. It’s an exotic dish that’s a favourite of students and locals. Time Out New York named it a Critic’s Pick and gushed that it was the "loveliest wrap since the pashmina". Grab one to stay or go.
Piccolo Café’s irresistible recipe: authentic Italian at an affordable price with some of the best espresso in Manhattan. Favourites include panini, zucchini parmigiana and meatballs, and home-made pasta. Everything is fresh and healthy. Coffee is shipped from Italy in small batches.
Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and acclaimed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa teamed up to create Nobu, one of Manhattan’s trendiest eateries. Signature dishes include yellowtail with jalapeno, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce and black cod with miso. The restaurant is also celebrated for an inspired design that evokes Japan’s countryside. No surprise here: Nobu remains a destination of choice for the hip crowd.
Restaurant critics are a notoriously picky lot, but they all agree that Pastis is exceptional. The New York Times and others write about this French-fare upscale bistro: “A grand, well-lit place” “… crackles with energy” “... late night destination of choice” “French soul food in one of the most artfully staged restaurants to hit New York”. It’s in the hip Meatpacking District, so dress to impress.
Manhattan is famous for its Italian restaurants, and L’Artusi is one of the best. L’Artusi boasts an “impressive, all-Italian wine list”, and favourite dishes such as scallops dappled with lemon zest and seared monkfish with mushrooms and celery-root puree. Dishes are affordable, the atmosphere is lively and the crowd is stylish.
The High Line
Once a derelict railway siding, the High Line is now a popular destination for spending a leisurely afternoon. Running more than a mile in length, some 30 feet high, the High Line is perfect for people watching, picnicking and taking in the sights. It’s also a great way to get a unique view of the city.
In the 1970s, SoHo was a declining manufacturing district. Then the artists moved in, and the neighbourhood became one of the most desirable in Manhattan. Now you can stroll its cobblestone streets, enjoy the historic cast-iron buildings, peak into art galleries, shop in fashionable boutiques, stop in a trendy restaurant, and discover the chic charms of SoHo.
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, more than 140 farmers, fishermen, and bakers come to Union Square Greenmarket with irresistible delicacies. You can buy locally grown fruit and vegetables, artisan breads, farm stand cheeses, local wines, and more. You’ll also see top chefs giving cooking demonstrations and other surprises that can only happen in one of the city’s great public spaces.
The Diamond District
On one city block in New York, you’ll find the centre of the diamond world: Manhattan’s Diamond District. Bounded by four iconic Art Deco pylons, the Diamond District is a bustling street that’s home to 2,600 businesses housed in 25 exchanges. Approximately 90% of diamonds entering the U.S. pass through this famed street. Millions of dollars worth of diamonds are bought and sold each day on a handshake. Since opportunity abounds here, it is a frequent stop for the aspiring gemmologist and jewellery designer.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home to more than two million works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is the largest museum in the country. You’ll find in its sprawling galleries paintings by Vermeer and Jackson Pollack, an Egyptian Temple, armoured knights on horseback, Asian art, Greek sculptures and other objets d'art that will leave a lasting impression.
Things to See (6)
as Its Art
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New Yorkers call it “The Guggenheim”) is an acclaimed architectural jewel. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is a treat to see. But it’s not just an architectural marvel. Displayed on its distinctive circular walls are some of the finest Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, American Minimalist works of art. The museum regularly features special exhibitions, so go back often!
New York is famous for many things, and maybe most for its Broadway plays. Here some of the world’s finest actors display their craft in the Theatre District’s 40 theatres. You’ll find comedies, dramas, musicals and the classics all playing within a few streets of each other. There’s something to satisfy the taste of everyone. A true New York experience not to be missed!
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
In the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s 52 acres, you’ll find a world-famous cherry tree garden (best seen in the spring), the acclaimed Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, a Bonsai museum, the Shakespeare Garden, the Children’s Garden and 10,000 varieties of plants. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a favourite of New Yorkers. Here’s proof that it’s worth the trip: some 900,000 people visit every year.
American Museum of Natural History
Some 46 exhibition halls and 32 million specimens guarantee a fascinating day at the world-famous American Museum of Natural History. The dinosaur exhibit, blue wall, a 31-ton meteorite, and Hayden Planetarium are perennial pleasers. It's no surprise that the museum is a frequent destination for New Yorkers. Prepare to be amazed.
The Statue of Liberty
A gift from the people of France, the Statue of Liberty has welcomed generations of immigrants, and remains a beacon of hope around the world. The words of a Greek immigrant express its place in American culture: “I said to myself, ‘Lady, you're so beautiful! You opened your arms…Give me a chance to prove that I am worth it.’ And always that statue was on my mind.”