Too often, trendy translates as “too cool to help,” but at Ace the beautiful people behind the front desk are always genuinely willing to assist. Another thoughtful touch: soundproofing is fantastic. Read more.
The private collections on display add a warmth and charm that the mass-produced “antiques” of larger properties can’t match, and the cozy, home-away-from-home feel is a nice change. Read more.
Whether or not the in-crowd has taken their party elsewhere, we think The Maritime is still pretty slick. The rooms are pleasingly plush, and the onsite dining and nightlife are stellar. Read more.
Grab a morning coffee and take a stroll as you enjoy the peaceful ambiance, or spend a weekend afternoon buying picnic goodies from Chelsea Market before heading up to scope the gardens and the view. Read more.
If you’re into architecture, check out the original elements from the National Biscuit Company that still remain on site like ornate classical ironwork and mosaic monograms over 15th Street entryways. Read more.
Chelsea Piers is a one-stop-shop if you want to exercise. We particularly like how the programs and classes at the Field House are run on a drop-in basis–it’s a perfect set-up for travelers! Read more.
Nothing beats sunbathing in a riverfront park on a hot summer day. We’re particularly partial to the lawns at Pier 45 (at West 10th Street). Or, when we’re feeling sportier, the greenbelt path. Read more.
MSG is a legend. Come to take in one of the most epic music performances you’ll ever see or to connect with the locals at a sports event. Everyone who’s anyone has played here. Read more.
This lovely museum offers a calm, almost spiritual retreat from the city’s busy crowds. And, due to the museum’s manageable size, you can fully explore the collections in under a day. Read more.
Galleries like this one alternate with funky shops, cool cafés, and the High Line (which cuts through the center of the neighborhood), making this a great area to spend a cultured weekend afternoon. Read more.
Don't miss the cupcakes! We think they just might be the best in New York. Read more.
The scene is exciting enough, but then again, we could just settle with a night of authentic Chinatown fare topped off by clubbing in the Lower East Side. Read more.
We can't get enough of the excellent food and dramatic surroundings. And because (at least) five courses are expected of diners at dinnertime, there is no guilt in enjoying a true feast! Read more.
They keep to the Spanish tradition of serving great wine with authentic and small-enough-to-tease dishes. We love the intimacy and the flirtatious vibes of both atmosphere and staff. Read more.
Because of its cavernous feel, this venue works well for both sexy dates and big group dinners–there are dim corners for tête-à-têtes and enough space for getting boisterous with rowdy friends. Read more.
The design-conscious space is almost as alluring as the food itself. (Just check out the downstairs bathrooms.) We fell in love with the omakase in Philadelphia, and our love affair has continued. Read more.
We love the intimacy, which can really up the ante when we’re out on a date. And aside from the tasty food, the cocktails are quite delicious (try the blood orange martini). Read more.
This has to be one of the best places in NYC for paella–no one else can match on quality or range of options. Expect to stuff yourself silly because the portions are huge. Read more.
On rainy afternoons, we like to trade lunch for nibbling our way through the yummy selection of snacks on offer–pretty much everything is delish. There's something to please everyone. Read more.
The coffee is really, really good, every single time we come. Other plus points: the gorgeous doughnuts (try the PBJ) and the fun of hanging out in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Read more.
This restaurant scores on quantity. We appreciate the more-is-better attitude (though our flaming taste buds occasionally disagree!) Read more.
Treats on offer range from lush brownies at the Fat Witch Bakery to artisan meats by Dickson’s Farmstand, an organic raw bar at One Lucky Duck, and, in the summer, funky popsicles at People’s Pops. Read more.
This is a refined boutique experience, and the collection is excellently edited. We particularly dig the selection of handbags, especially the ones in the display cases (which look near to brand new). Read more.
Keiko’s suits have great classic cuts and fabulous fits, meaning they don’t go out of style quickly and we don’t spend our entire beach vacation tugging at our tops. Perfect! Read more.
We totally dig their straightforward “problem+solution” system. We also appreciate the way their scents are fun (mojito, cilantro, etc) but not overpowering so we can still use our usual fragrances. Read more.
We totally dig its art world in-crowd vibes. (Keep your eyes peeled and you might spot some of NYC’s most famous creatives browsing the stacks.There are lots of thought-provoking finds to be had here. Read more.
Besides the refreshing cocktails (the gin-based Pomada was deliciously minty), we love the flirty service, the spicy small plates, and the atmospheric interior with its authentic Iberian flair. Read more.
Whether we’re itching for a dance w/out the sweaty floor scene, or looking for a laidback space to sip our cocktail and gossip the night away, one of the spaces in this venue is bound to work for us. Read more.
We like how eclectic and different every separate space is. Whether you’re looking for a mid-afternoon tipple with a few friends or a late-night groove sesh, there’s no bad time to show up here. Read more.
It’s cool yet inviting, and the lack of a VIP room makes everyone feel like an insider. The tried-and-true cocktails, like the Moscow Mule, are consistently “wow." Foodwise, we loved The Mack... Read more.
The expertly crafted cuisine gives this spot an upscale edge. At the same time, the worn, casual surrounds keep it comfortable enough for a low-key meal with family or friends. Read more.