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The Perfect Weekend

Many call it the greatest city in the world — a big claim but one that can be backed up by its wealth of creativity. 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. Big-screen Hollywood stars still jump at the opportunity to perform on Broadway. And it’s home to the restaurants of numerous iconic chefs. Plan a weekend right, and you can soak in all of it.

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Day

1

MORNING
  • 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.

MIDDAY
  • Shortcut to Italy.

    Imagine a space the size of shopping mall but it’s only filled with Italian delicacies: rare olive oils, delicious sauces, every shape of pasta you could imagine. That’s Eataly, in short. In addition to retail, there are bars and restaurants to grab lunch at.

AFTERNOON
  • Challenge Yourself at the MoMA.

    New York’s Museum of Modern Art is known internationally for hosting groundbreaking works from some of the art world’s brightest names. Go for immersive light installations, provocative performance pieces, and the building’s clean, future-forward design.

  • Matinee of Hamilton.

    "Hamilton,” the phenomenally popular Tony-winning musical about the founding fathers, is still one of the hottest tickets in town. Go to the Richard Rodgers Theatre early to enter the ticket lottery or have the hotel concierge nab seats in advance.

EVENING
  • 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.

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Day

2

MORNING
  • 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.

MIDDAY
  • 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.

AFTERNOON
  • 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.

  • Sip Afternoon Tea (or Drinks).

    Take a rest back at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park at the handsome and stately Star Lounge. Enjoy one of the bar’s craft cocktails or an afternoon tea with a bounty of selections from your brew, small bites such as mini-smoked duck Reubens, and petits fours.

EVENING
  • Dine Seasonally at Gramercy Tavern.

    Not many restaurants in the city have received more accolades than the elegant-but-not-stuffy Gramercy Tavern by Chef Danny Meyer. Order the customizable tasting menu, which is changed daily according to what’s best in the season.

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Day

3

MORNING
  • 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.

MIDDAY
  • 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.

AFTERNOON
  • 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.

EVENING
  • Dine with Jean-Georges.

    The pride and joy of world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the ABC Kitchen highlights environmentally sustainable local ingredients. Don’t miss the crispy pork confit or wholly satisfying prosciutto Brussels sprouts.

  • 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.