Just had a wonderful week in New York, and this time with my wife, my two year old daughter and 6 month old son.
After living in London for a year, New York still has the edge when it comes to the thrill of being in the ultimate cosmopolitan city. Everything you feel like doing is at your finger tips, just a call or a short walk or cab ride away.
I have lived in New York for a total of 16 years during many different times of my life, and it always seems that sooner or later I want to move back!
The highlight was a Sunday day trip by helicopter to my friend Daniele Bodini’s horse farm in Millbrook in upstate New York.
Priceless pictures of my two year old circling the Statue of Liberty at sunset. Lunched downtown at Balthazar (always good) and uptown at Geisha, Amaranth and Hatsuhana.
Dinners at La Esquina (always fun and relaxed), Waverly Inn (clubby and familiar), 15 East (great little Japanese), Shun Lee Palace (good old classic), Cipriani Uptown (back on top), Blue Ribbon (Delicious and late night).
This time I had a particularly enjoyable stay at the always good and a classic Peninsula Hotel right off Fifth Ave at 55th street.
The Peninsula recently underwent an extensive renovation. The rooms are very comfortable and the service super efficient. Perfect location. Intimate and cozy, yet sophisticated. The rooftop cocktail bar is outstanding, particularly when the weather is nice.
The Peninsula rooftop spa by ESPA a sanctuary. Whether alone on a business trip or with the family, I found the Peninsula an ideal choice in New York City.
Erik Wachtmeister is the founder of ASMALLWORLD.