INN & OUT: NEW YORK CITY
If you’ve been to NYC, you know covering everything there is to do and see in one blog post is impossible. In fact, it’s almost impossible to eat in every worthwhile restaurant or experience what the city has to offer even as a resident! We would know, we’ve lived, worked and traveled the town many times. However, here’s a first take at some of our favorite places and activities for the ever-moving gentleman in the city.
Carbone: Not easy to get a last second reservation (unless you don’t mind eating at 11PM) as its small and busy but well worth the wait. It bleeds classic NY Italian with so many unique additions. The spicy rigatoni and bruschetta are a must. The wait staff is the real deal! If you’re looking for a memorable dinner for business or a lovely date do it here.
Pizza: Look for the crappiest pizzeria you can find with some Italian – NY’ers running the place (they’re the ones that sound like an episode of the Sopranos) and you’ll be very happy. In all seriousness, NY pizza is great in almost every pizzeria. (The same goes for most Chinese takeout).
Beauty & Essex: GREAT date night location in the Lower East Side. Don’t be fooled by the pawnshop you are greeted as you walk in the door. As you continue your descent to the restaurant you will be greeted by opulence and elegance.
Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer: All we have to say is this place changes it’s décor and menu with each season. So every time you visit it’s a completely new experience.
Tavern on The Green: Built in the 1880’s to house the sheep in Central Park this gem has history, charm and grace. Great spot to have brunch (on weekends) lunch or dinner when you are in Central Park. Great spot anytime of the year!
The Carnegie Cigar Club: If the black and white pics of iconic cigar smokers like JFK or Winston Churchill don’t give away the vibe perhaps stained wood interior will! It’s classic in every sense of the word! A great place to catch up with a friend or talk business with a client or associate.
The Campbell: Paying tribute to John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier who converted the space in Grand Central Station to his private office in 1923. Its 19th century Florentine design is stunning, and the cocktails aren’t too shabby either. Great spot to meet someone for a drink before hopping on the train! There is a dress code, but if you’re reading this it shouldn’t matter. Also, if you are bringing a lady friend we’re told the highly cherished Gossip Girl series filmed here once (big hit with the females).
Fraunces Tavern: One of the few buildings that remains from revolutionary NYC. In this building, George Washington bid farewell to his officers following victory of the Crown, it’s not only a museum but an active pub! Stop in for ale!
The Roxy: You could spend a day just taking part in all of the hotel’s amenities like The Django Jazz Club, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, coffee and cinema all on the property. The rooms are incredibly retro, yet modern. See for yourself, depending on your timing you can get some great rates! We LOVE this hotel.
Hudson Hotel: Located in Midtown (with Times Sq, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and more just right around the corner), this boutique hotel features the “Library Bar” which is everything it sounds with classic english leather sofas and antique area rugs, bring your date and cozy up at the fireplace! Additionally, the Sky Terrace has a lovely and unobstructed view of the Hudson River. Enjoy the Sangria!
The most important tip we have for you is to make sure you do not overwhelm your trip. Make sure to pick a few locations to try and you’ll just have to return to scratch the rest off from your list.