For a sanctuary in the heart of SoHo, look no further than this 86-room hotel, complete with wood-burning fireplaces in the lobbies and a private garden. Rooms are warm and contemporary, with marble bathrooms. Ask for a higher floor to enjoy a sprawling view of Manhattan. The afternoon tea is sure to delight, especially in the summer out on the terrace. On Sunday evenings, enjoy a movie in their state-of-the-art cinema, as a part of the “Film Club,” which includes dinner or cocktails in the Crosby Bar followed by a movie.
Hepburn by Quintess
For privacy in Manhattan, look no further than the Hepburn Quintess in Midtown. This two-bedroom apartment is perfect for business or family travel. A private, 600-foot terrace allows you to enjoy your breakfast al fresco without leaving the apartment. A 24-hour doorman and concierge make sure your every need is met. The location is within walking distance of some of New York’s best restaurants and shopping, and after a fantastic meal, you can burn it off at the Equinox within the building.
STARR Restaurants’ newest outpost may be located on an unassuming corner off Park Avenue in the Flatiron, but step inside for seasonally inspired California cuisine. Chef Justin Smillie has created a menu that is approachable. Many rave about the ‘nduja pizza with a unique and robust stracciatella cheese, or bucatini cacio e pepe, but it would be a tragedy to come to Upland without ordering the crispy duck wings. These tender wings are glazed in a yuzu sauce with a hint of lemon and salt. Desserts put a fun spin on classics, such as peanut butter chocolate cake, with milk chocolate ganache and peanut butter mousse. Checkered tablecloths combined with modern copper lighting and natural oak wood evoke the perfect combination of country meets city.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
While it takes a bit of effort to get to Stone Barns, the journey is well worth it. Dan Barber has created one of the most memorable dining destinations in the world. The connection has never before been stronger between farmer, chef, and diner. Reservations need to be made well in advance, and it’s best to arrive at the property early so that you may stroll around and admire all of the exquisite work being done on the grounds. Many of the dishes that you’ll enjoy have been pulled from the earth just hours before they enter the dining room. The level of detail and art makes this dining experience once in a lifetime. The food is simplistic, one example being an entire squash, grown on site, presented on a plate; but these ordinary items are given new life and new meaning under the direction of Barber. There are no menus, just a field guide and a passionate staff to lead you.