Tom Wolfe once said “one belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years”. Filled with characteristics among the likes of culture, class, and diversity, there is a reason why New York City is the often called City of Dreams.
Depending on who you ask (and which of the city’s five boroughs they like best), the ultimate guide to New York can be, to say the least, challenging. A New York City hipster might tell you to spend the day in Brooklyn, starting with a walk through the Botanic Garden, heading over to BookCourt to check out a few books, and ending up and Syndicated for dinner. On the other hand, a member of Manhattan’s elite might suggest you do some shopping at Berdorf Goodman’s, before ending the night at Upstairs at the Kimberly.
So, we at AZOEI have compiled a list of the classic, iconic, must-be-visited-before-you-die hot spots in New York. Following this guide will give you enough basic knowledge to call yourself a true New Yorker.
Russian Tea Room / 150 W 57th St / 212-581-7100 / 11:30am-11:30pm
The Russian Tea Room initially opened in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet, and quickly grew to become a famous hotspot for the entertainment’s elite. While it is still a second home for celebrities like Jermaine Jackson and Levi Johnson, it can also be spotted in episodes of shows like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl. Thanks to their assortment of food dishes – ranging from vegetarian to gluten-free, the Russian Tea Room remains one of New York’s classic restaurants.
Lombardi’s / 32 Spring St, Nolita / 212-941-7944 / 11:30am-12:00am
Founded in 1905, Lombardi’s is the first known pizzeria in the United States, an honour bestowed upon them by the Pizza Hall of Fame. Its simple yet classic coal oven baked pizza keeps both locals and tourists returning to the Nolita pizzeria. Fun fact: In 2005, Lombardi’s offered entire pizzas for 5 cents (their 1905 price) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the store.
Rainbow Room / #65, 30 Rockefeller Plaza / 5:00pm-12:00am / 212-632-5000
At floor 65 of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Rainbow Room is the second highest restaurant in New York City. Drawing similarities to the Round Room in Carlu, the Rainbow Room features a revolving dance floor, a live orchestra, and a view of that iconic NYC skyline.
White Horse Tavern / 567 Hudson St / 11:00am-3:30am / 212-989-3956
Dating back to 1800, White Horse Tavern is globally known for its1950s and 1960s Bohemian culture. This bar was where writers and artists in the Village would gather. Now remains a popular hub for those who are looking for cheap beer and free food.
Ballet Beautiful / 19 East 75th Street / Hours upon request
New York is home to the prestigious New York City Ballet, so what better way to get fit than to train with one of their former dancers? Mary Helen Bowers founded the Ballet Beautiful workouts which targets exercises and stretches that sculpt a dancer’s toned, lean physique. Favourited by Victoria’s Secret Angels and other women around the world, Mary Helen even personally trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role in Black Swan.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
The Metropolitan Museum of Art / 1000 5th Ave, 10:00am-9:00pm / 212-731-1498
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially known as “the Met” is the largest art museum in the US. Holding pieces like Madonna and Child by Duccio and Portrait of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer makes it one of the most visited art museums in the world.