Sip Whilst You Shop
When Nordstrom opened its New York City flagship on Broadway and 57th Street this Winter, they also introduced a novel and fizzy concept to the shopping experience. The Shoe Bar is a cocktail bar situated amidst the lower-level shoe department where shoppers can sip Champagne or a cheeky cocktail whilst trying on Louboutins or Jimmy Choos. This officially makes the stylish and sprawling seven-floor, 320,000- square-foot department store, with its wavy glass curtain façade, the most fun place for luxury shopping in New York City. Make an appointment with a personal stylist and snag a wardrobe that will make you feel like a celebrity on the streets of Manhattan. With beauty stylists and an on-site Drybar, you’ll be ready to dodge paparazzi in full hair and make-up.
Tour the New MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) reopened last Fall after a $450 million renovation adding an additional 47,000 square feet to the iconic institution. “The real value of this expansion is not more space but space that allows us to rethink the experience of art in the museum,” says Museum Director Glenn D. Lowry. With a collection that includes over 200,000 works by modern masters like Van Gogh, Cézanne, Pollock, Rothko and O’Keeffe, the reimagined gallery space deepens the museum’s engagement with under-appreciated artists, including women and international artists. From March 1 to July 11, the museum will exhibit the first retrospective of groundbreaking sculptor Donald Judd in 30 years. Arrange a private guided tour during your visit for a truly VIP experience.
Catch a Star-Studded Broadway Show
Whilst Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw might have lived on the Upper East Side, long-time New Yorker Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick are denizens of the West Village. Starting March 13, the pair makes their way to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre to star in the first-ever revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, which originally premiered in 1968, for a limited engagement through July 12. Set at the iconic Central Park South hotel, the comedy in three acts explores three different couples — each played by Parker and Broderick — who have checked into Suite 719. “It’s a great play about love and marriage, but it’s not necessarily a rosy picture of it and that’s what makes it so great,” says director John Benjamin Hickey.
Hit the Town
A perennial hotspot for a celeb-splashed Met Ball or New York Fashion Week after-party, The Top of the Standard (often dubbed the Boom Boom Room) crowns The Standard High Line as a classy place to start your night out in the Meatpacking District. The impressive Le Corbusier–inspired structure straddles the elevated High Line linear park, which runs up the west side of Manhattan for dazzling rooftop views of the Hudson River, uptown and downtown. A curvaceous gold-toned, lacquered wooden bar is the centrepiece of the lounge, which features live jazz in the evenings with a small plate menu and speciality cocktails. When you’re ready to hit the dance floor, head across the hall to the hotel’s Le Bain nightclub for a late-night DJ-fueled party.
Dine in the Clouds
Situated on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty Street in the heart of the Financial District, Manhattan provides a head-spinning panorama of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers through floor-to-ceiling windows for a vertiginous fine dining experience. Part of superstar restaurateur Danny Meyer’s empire (he of Gramercy Tavern and Shake Shack) and under the tutelage of Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer, the restaurant offers an inspired three-course prix fixe menu focused on French and seasonal cuisine. Highlights include Scotch snails with sausage, parsley and garlic butter; a wagyu steak coulotte; and butter poached lobster. Pastry Chef Emma Alden whips up heavenly desserts like the dark chocolate soufflé with banana malt caramel and cheesecake with candied pineapple and carrot crumble.
Author: Shayne Benowitz