The Perfect Weekend
- Take the High Road.
Once a historical freight rail that ran about Chelsea, the High Line is now a 1.5-mile promenade full of green space and park benches that offer stunning views of the Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline. It’s simply not to be missed.
- SHORTCUT TO SPAIN.
Imagine a space the size of shopping mall but it’s only filled with Spanish delicacies: rare olive oils, delicious sauces, every shape of pasta you could imagine. That’s Mercado Little Spain, in short. In addition to retail, there are bars and restaurants to enjoy lunch.
- IMMERSE YOURSELF AT THE MET.
At the largest art museum in the United States, explore exciting art installations. Plus, during the summer months, The Met roof garden opens to offer a breathtaking view over Central Park.
- MATINEE OF HADESTOWN.
"Hadestown,” the Tony-winning musical about two intertwining mythic tales, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Go to the Walter Kerr Theatre early to enter the ticket lottery or have the hotel concierge nab seats in advance.
- Savor a Multicourse Sushi Tasting.
Sushi Yasuda has prized fish shipped in daily from Japan. Order the yellowtail portfolio, which includes five subtly different types of yellowtail, then skip straight to whatever is highlighted in red, which will be Chef Naomichi Yasuda’s picks of the day.
- Travel Back in Time.
With a grand white exterior not unlike the White House, The Frick Collection is a monument to tradition. Admire Baroque masterpieces, antiques that belonged to French royalty, and the museum’s opulent Old World European design.
- Plan a Picnic.
Located inside Grand Central, Murray’s Cheese is staffed with experts who can help you navigate the wide selection of aged goudas, gorgonzolas and sharp cheddars. Assemble your provisions and then enjoy them in the iconic Central Park.
- Pick Up Some Addictive Sweets.
The pastry chefs at Momofuku Milk Bar concoct mad-scientist creations like sweet potato ice cream and birthday cake truffles that New Yorkers can’t get enough of. Pace yourself as everything is delicious and rich.
- SHOPPING ON MADISON AVENUE.
There isn’t a more glamorous strip of stores in New York than Madison Avenue, where you’ll find Barneys, Hermès and Chanel and many other boutiques from the world’s most in-demand, high-fashion designers.
- ENJOY SHARED PLATES (AND DRINKS).
Take a rest back at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park at the stylish Contour. Enjoy one conversing with friends familiar and new alongside inspired bites for the table (or ‘For Me’) with brilliant craft cocktails.
- REDISCOVER PASTIS.
Keith McNally’s legendary French restaurant made its long waited comeback this past spring. Enjoy thoughtfully sourced ingredients and natural wine (and perhaps a celebrity sighting) in a cool, modern space.
- A Bagel and Schmear.
Russ & Daughters Cafe offers an authentic deli selection in a light-filled, modern space. Order a spread of smoked salmon with capers, caviar, cream cheese, fresh bagels and crispy potato latkes.
- Explore SoHo.
Begin by grabbing an exceptional espresso drink from La Colombe and then wander the streets around Broadway with stops at Steven Alan for classically American men’s and women’s clothes and MiN for a large selection of unusual fragrances.
- See the Most Beautiful Movie Theater Ever.
A favorite among local cinephiles, the Metrograph screens a mix of new and classic films. Everything from the candy displays to the seats looks as picture-perfect as a film set.
- Tour the New Whitney.
After a brief closure, the Whitney relocated in 2015 to its gorgeous new home, a slick, eight-floor steel building that houses a rotating selection of around 600 works from artists such as Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko.
- Sample Rare Wines.
Wine bar Terroir is run by an eccentric sommelier legend whose life’s mission is introducing guests to exciting and unique grapes from around the world, including funky champagnes, bone-dry rieslings and reds from tiny vineyards in the Loire.