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Planning Your Trip

Get ready for a whirlwind of activity — in the best way possible. Packing for a wide assortment of events and activities — from sightseeing to business meetings to chic nights out — isn’t easy but it is doable. Here’s what you will need for your stay in one of the world’s most vibrant and exhilarating cities.

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Business Travel

When dressing for business in New York City, the classics are always a safe and stylish choice. But it’s also a fashion-forward city where individual flair is welcome.

 

  • A well-tailored navy blue or black suit will look sharp for business meetings yet fashionable for after-work social plans.
  • Heels add an extra dose of chic to any outfit but bring a packable pair of flats for walking to meetings.
  • Don’t forget to bring gym clothes. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers a state-of-the-art fitness center — as well as the opportunity to go for a run in Central Park, right across the street.  
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Exploring the City

From the Statue of Liberty to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City is packed with restaurants, shops, museums and sightseeing opportunities.

 

  • Comfortable shoes are a must. Manhattan is one of the most walkable cities in the world, and you can easily spend the entire day exploring it by foot.
  • A stylish backpack or tote bag is essential for carrying a day’s worth of belongings (and for holding purchases).
  • No matter the month, you’ll want a lightweight sweater or jacket handy as the weather can be unpredictable.
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Evening Chic

Nighttime is the best time in New York City. With its practically limitless after-dark entertainment options, there is something to suit every taste.

 

  • All-black is the unofficial uniform of New York. Wear bold accessories to make your outfit stand out from the crowd.
  • Some venues impose restrictions on handbags, so women will want to trade in their carryall tote for a clutch. 
  • Gentlemen should pack a jacket as some restaurants do require them. For shoes, opt for something smart but casual, like a Chelsea boot.  
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Don't Forget:

It’s common to leave your hotel in the morning and not come back until evening. Bring a portable phone charger with you so you can stay connected all day. 


Once you get to New York City, you’ll be so swept up in the city’s nonstop action that you won’t have time to plan anything else. Here’s what to book in advance, because in The City That Never Sleeps, you can’t snooze on reservations.

Dining Reservations

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New York City offers a diverse and unparalleled culinary scene. With practically limitless options, it’s hard to know where to start but these two restaurants are assured to delight: For a refined bistro experience, reserve a table at Auden Bistro & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park where Executive Chef Joseph Lallave uses his classic French techniques to create reimagined dishes. For an extraordinary experience, head to Le Bernardin, a three-star Michelin restaurant by the world-renowned Chef Eric Ripert. The concierge can help you book your dining reservations well in advance. 

Spa Appointments

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Anyone who has spent time in New York knows the city is always on the go. But in a city constantly on the move, it is a luxury — and a necessity — to slow down and relax. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park makes it easy with the in-house La Prairie Spa. Located on the second floor, the spa focuses on relaxing, healing, energizing and beautifying. For a local touch, book the 50 Central Park Signature Ritual or 50 Central Park Signature Manicure, both inspired by the hotel’s custom scent. 

Nightlife

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Whether you love classic musicals or the drama of a good play, there’s no shortage of live entertainment to take in on or off Broadway. Popular shows can sell out months ahead so if there’s a particular performance you want to see, buy your tickets as soon as possible. Jazz lovers should not miss the chance to catch a show at one of New York’s iconic jazz clubs: the Blue Note, Village Vanguard and Birdland. Check their schedules ahead of time to see who is playing and to book a table.

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

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New York is home to large, internationally known museums like The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim. Before your visit, check to see if there are any special exhibitions so you can reserve your tickets early and skip the predictably long lines. Some of New York’s best views are from the water. Charter a private sailboat from Tribeca Sailing and glide past iconic landmarks like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Book the sunset tour for a magical evening.



The Perfect Weekend

The fashion capital is overflowing with shops that cater to traditional and hip tastes alike. From prehistoric artifacts to bigger-than-life abstract paintings, every type of art is represented in the city’s many major museums.

 

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Family Vacation Fun

No trip can instill as much culture in a child as a family vacation to New York City. Fill them with wonder walking among the bright lights and enjoying a show on Broadway.

 

 

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