Destination Guide to New York Cityby Ana Linares
A full-time resident of New York City for 14 years who still jets back every month from Miami, Ana Linares knows NYC intimately. Initially a product designer—she worked for Ralph Lauren Home—Linares now focuses on lifestyle photography and the eye-catching evidence is all over her Instagram @ananewyork. She shares her favorite bites of the Big Apple.
Lotte New York Palace
One of the most iconic hotels in the city, the Lotte New York Palace boasts wonderful views of the city and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Their gorgeous courtyard and classic interiors—not to mention the most delicious brunch—also make it one of my perennial favorites.
Park Hyatt New York
Steps from Central Park, the luxurious Park Hyatt New York houses one of the city’s most incredible indoor pools, with sweeping views and loads of natural light. Request a room overlooking the south end of the park, and whether during autumn’s color change, spring’s bloom or winter’s snow covering, it’s sure to be the dreamiest. Escape the bustle of the city with an appointment at the spa and tour the hotel’s gallery-quality art collection.
The Greenwich Hotel
Located in the heart of the West Village, The Greenwich Hotel is another New York City jewel. For starters, it’s directly above a beloved restaurant, Locanda Verde. Add to that, an incredible hotel courtyard brimming with gorgeous greenery, charming rooms, and an indoor pool. All this adds up to the perfect hideaway.
The Lowell New York
A hidden gem on the Upper East Side, The Lowell New York, with its preserved facade and architecture, blends in with the block’s elegant townhouses. The rooms here might just be the coziest ever. An evening nestled up by the in-room fireplace is well spent, as is a morning at their newly renovated lounge-cum-reading room—the interior design details are divine. Be sure to pause and fully take in the stunning de Gournay Chinoiserie wall coverings that adorn every room.
EAT & DRINK
There’s no shortage of coffee shops and restaurants to love in NYC, but Dante is one I return to time and again, for meetings, brunches and dinners. Bonus: it’s located on one of the most photogenic streets with colorful buildings reminiscent of London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. If you find yourself wondering where to get great burrata and a negroni, this is the place.
Elisa Marshall and her husband Ben Sormonte have created the most delightful French-inspired coffee shops and eateries in the city. All four Maman locations are rustic and cozy. Order an almond matcha latte served in a bunny cup along with a chocolate chip cookie—you won’t be disappointed.
An Instagram-worthy, Australian-owned restaurant in Tribeca, Two Hands delivers on a diverse yet wholly delicious menu; try the avocado toast which is arguably one of the best in the city. The space is filled with light, plant life and surf prints, giving off a fresh summer vibe on even the coldest days of the year.
Down a hidden alley off Bowery, Freemans has been a standby since I moved to New York 14 years ago. The cabin-like interior makes you feel as though you’re dining in the middle of the woods somewhere Upstate. Their second space is an intimate sitting area with unique nooks for different size parties. Do yourself a favor and order the artichoke dip and roasted chicken—both are heavenly.
Russ & Daughters
Time stands still at century-old restaurant Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Their quintessential smoked salmon bagel and delicious brunch spreads keep New Yorkers coming back for more. Dinner is the best time to go though as you’ll have the place (almost) to yourself. Make sure to grab one of their retro booths for a legit old school experience.
Sezane L’Appartement New York
One of the city’s most anticipated openings, L’Appartement New York in Nolita is French fashion label Sezane’s first U.S. address. Expertly curated, the brand’s apartment concept makes you feel right at home. There’s coffee and sweets from Maman too.
If dainty jewelry is your obsession, Catbird is your shrine. Along with their own house line, they carry local designers, including locally-made Collette Ishiyama, Labulgara, Nancy Kraskin and WWAKE. Best not to tell any lady friends you came here unless you intend to bring back gifts.
In Williamsburg, Mociun brings pottery by local designers, other home goods and jewelry into one space. As an avid teacup collector, I routinely return to check out their stunning ombré shelf of stunning mugs. Time your visit to coincide with brunch at Reynard nearby.
A merry mix of new and old, Fishs Eddy specializes in eclectic tableware. Their tabletop collection is witty and wonderful. Hit up the vintage section for one-of-a-kind dishes and cake stands. Head outside and turn the corner to get to 5th Avenue’s shops.
New York’s museums are all so good—set aside enough time to see more than one. The Whitney opened its new doors in Chelsea, and the recent exhibitions have all been stellar. Of course, there’s the ever-popular Met and American Museum of Natural History, but the Jewish Museum and Noguchi Museum are lesser-known gems I recommend. MoMA’s courtyard, which houses spectacular sculptures, is must-see. Those feeling more adventurous can head to The Cloisters for Medieval art and Hudson River views.
The High Line
After checking out galleries in Chelsea and grabbing a bite at Chelsea Market, head to The High Line to enjoy a cool perspective on the city. The linear park built on the old, raised New York Railroad is a brilliant piece of architecture and a fun, free thing to do spring through fall, and even into the winter months. The people-watching is pretty great too.
Ballet and opera season is one the biggest reasons I love New York. There are twelve institutions here related to these arts, including Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center Theater. Seeing the shows has become a yearly ritual. Just being in Lincoln Center is magical.
A cliché for all the right reasons, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is refreshing in any season—the views are breathtaking. Start on the Manhattan side and once you cross into Brooklyn, you’re in Dumbo. There you’ll find toothsome restaurants and more cool city views, as well as Jane’s Carousel, built in 1922 and covered by architect Jean Nouvel’s glass pavilion.