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For everywhere we live and everywhere we visit, we all have our list of things we must do before we run out of time. Last week I asked the staff of New York Guest for some of the top items on their “Bucket lists” for our great city of New Yor. Check out their answers here and then let us know – what is YOUR New York City Bucket List?
- Spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Walk down 5th Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Rockefeller Center
- See the Frick Collection
- Get a drink at Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle
- Explore the Meatpacking District: walk the Highline and Chelsea market, have drinks at STK or Gaansevoor, dinner at Buddakan or Spice Market
Lora, Group Travel Manager
- Go Kayaking on the Hudson River
- Visit Ellis Island
- Visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
- Spend the night at the Plaza Hotel
- See a movie at the Paris Theater
- Watch the Grand Central morning commute from the top of the steps
- Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
- Watch the sunrise from Battery Park
- Ride the Staten Island Ferry
- Have a Manhattan at the Oak Bar in the Plaza
Karissa, Reservations Manager
- Go to the top of the Empire State Building
- Visit the Statue of Liberty
- Take a walking tour of Central Park
- Go on the CitySights All Around Town tour
- See a Broadway show from house seats
Jeanette, Director of International Sales
- Stay at the Presidential Suite in the Four Seasons
- Eat dinner at Rao’s
- Be on an episode of Law & Order
- Take a helicopter to the Hamptons
- Private shopping at Bloomingdale’s
- Have dinner at Per Se
- See an opera at the Met
- Spend the night at the Plaza
- Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park
- See the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person
Louise, Community Manager
- Have a meal at Blue Hill Stone Barns
- Stay at the Marriott Marquis on December 31st (you wouldn’t catch me standing outside!)
- Sleepover at the Natural History Museum
- Sail to Bear Mountain and spend the day hiking
- Go to the Vendy Awards on Governor’s Island
Michael, Director of Hotel Sales
- Have a leisurely lunch at Da Silvano’s
- Walk through Central Park in the autumn
- Sip a Bloody Mary at the Central Park Boat House
- Go shopping at the Saturday Union Square Greenmarket
- Spend a day exploring all the neighborhoods of Manhattan – North, South, East & West
What are your New York Dreams? With all of our local NYC resources, we can make any wish come true! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s start planning.
Nestled amongst the streets and alleys of the world’s gastronomic capital, food trucks provide a tantalizing alternative for your taste buds. If you’re traveling on a dime or in a rush these cheap eats will surely hit the spot! New York City is known for the typical hot dogs (or as I call them- dirty watah hot dawgs), pretzels, nuts, and of course Halal meat and falafel trucks (better known as “StreetMeat!”)
Beyond the sizzling bits of lamb, crunchy cashews, and delectable dogs, exists a world of flavors that transcends the quintessential Big Apple food-on-the-go. These taveling trucks have truly given a new meaning to the phrase, “Fast Food.”
Allow me to take you on an affordable, decedent journey that is just as diverse as the people in our multi-cultural city.
Gems of the streets and always on the go, my favorite trucks surpass the traditional eateries of my city. They can provide a one-of-a-kind voyage into the unknown world of NYC grub delight.
I recently had the pleasure of stumbling upon this mouth-watering stop. I have heard about it through the grape-vine and just had to try it out!
They definitely lived up to their reputation.
The service was warm and friendly. Yes, you heard me right. Good customer service from a TRUCK in New York City. The food was even better. Just under 300 calories for a box of 6 dumplings for $6, I savored a guilt-free lunch of pork and Chinese chives accompanied by a spicy basil dipping sauce that balanced the flavors perfectly. The best part was that I didn’t even break the bank! If you’re a little piggy like me and can’t get pork off the mind, try their braised pork belly sliders with Asian slaw! Mmmmmm.
If meat is not your thing, then try their edamame dumplings! The whole wheat wrap holds pureed whole beans with a soy dipping sauce.
So, where do you plan on satisfying your mid-afternoon sweet fix? How about The Big Gay Icecream Truck?! This truck provides creamy, twirled castles of goodness with a unique spin. Have you ever had ice cream topped with wasabi pea dust? Perhaps some olive oil and sea salt? Or pumpkin butter? How about coconut curry? Chocolate and cayenne pepper? Of course you haven’t! If you’re in New York and looking for a true unique, New York experience, go and try it out for yourself!
What’s more New York than a fat, juicy hamburger? If you don’t have the money this week for the ridiculously over-priced hambuergers, the line at the Shake Shack is too long (what else is new?) and you don’t have time to sit down, then Frites ‘n’ Meats has your back! One of my personal favorites, this truck has incredible, juicy grass-fed Angus burgers for only $5.50!
I know what you’re thinking…What about the cheese!?! Well how does choosing from gruyere, brie, cheddar, blue or goat cheese sound? Not convinced just yet? You will be when you top off your burger with one of their unique toppings like savory onion jam, apple wood smoked bacon or garlicky guacamole, just to name a few.
As if that’s not enough, you can then accompany your burger with a side of hand cut Belgian-style fries. Enjoy yourself a succulent, satisfying meal all under $10! That’s unheard of in the world of Big Apple burgers!
Are you nuts for Nutella like me!?! Then you have to check out Waffels & Dinges. Imagine warm, fresh waffles smothered in dulce de leche, nutella, bananas, whipped cream and much more to choose from for only $5!!!!! You seriously need to check this place out. What makes this place so desirable is that you can enjoy these little golden beauties for lunch or as a sweet treat with their savory pulled pork waffle. Find out where your next waffle craze will be on their website!
These trucks are just some of my favorite places for a quick snack or a tasty, cheap meal.
If you’re coming to New York for the lights, the fame, the beauty or just plain old adventure, don’t forget that the true spirit of New York City can be found in our streets, in our people and most importantly, in our food! Get out there and take a bite out of our city! It’s waiting for you!
If you need any assistance in finding the local eating experiences or anything else, give me a call at (212) 302-4019 or write me an email at SFleitman@Newyorkguest.com. I look forward to speaking with you!
Though many evenings you’ll find me walking around my Morningside neighborhood with my favorite four-legged companion, Harold (a sprightly 2-year old Wheaten Terrier), as one of New York Guest’s team of expert Concierges since 2009, I also love to get out and experience all that New York City has to offer. Especially if it’s an unexpected surprise…!
This spring there are a lot of high-profile shows opening on Broadway. Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to see one that is sneaking into town without a lot of fanfare – I caught the first preview performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart which is directed by Tony winner and Broadway legend Joel Grey.
The play chronicles the early years of the onset of AIDS in the NYC gay community from 1981-1983, and the response (or lack thereof) from government, medical and homosexual leaders.
This production is in really good shape for a first preview. As can be expected for the first performance in front of a live audience, there were few technical and lighting glitches here and there, but wow, was I impressed!!!
Joe Mantello, who just happens to be the director of the Broadway smash hit Wicked, is the lead, and his performance is incredible. Ellen Barkin, known from Ocean’s 12 and Drop Dead Gorgeous, plays a frustrated doctor treating an exponentially growing number of infected patients. She has a powerful monologue that stops the show cold. The entire cast is uniformly strong and contains other famous faces you will instantly recognize.
I attended the show with five friends, all of whom were floored – both with anger at the way the beginning of the AIDS epidemic was handled, and with raw emotion for the characters living through this horrible and scary situation.
Greetings! My name is Alicia and I am one of the New York Guest Concierges! I have lived in New York almost 10 years and certify myself a New Yorker. What do I love about being a concierge, you ask? I have the opportunity to make every guest fall in love with New York the way I have over the years. I’ve gone from being a visitor to an official resident, with lots of secret NYC tips! And . . . since I can’t keep a secret . . . this partnership is a match made in heaven! I love the feeling I get when a guest returns to my desk and says “that was amazing, we never would have known to go there!”
Over the years I have had a chance to explore many of the amazing things New York has to offer. One of my favorite places to go is Central Park. Pair this up with a bicycle and there you have it, one of the best warm weather activities in the city! The major advantage of exploring Central Park via bicycle is the ability to see a lot of park in a very short amount of time. There is one main loop which runs the entire circumference of the park. It is closed to traffic on weekdays for a period of time during the day and all weekend. While I normally love to see all the yellow cabs racing by, I certainly don’t want to compete with them on the open road!
While taking off and exploring the park on a bike is a great way to see everything, it is probably best to bike with someone who is familiar with riding in the park. While the park is safe for bikers, keep in mind you share the road with pedestrians, skaters, pedi-cabs and even horses! Some paths are “pedestrian” only and a clear knowledge of the rules and regulations will ensure your ride is safe and a law abiding one.
While biking in the park, sites not to miss include: Conservatory Water, the famous sail boat pond featured in the movie Stewart Little; Blato, a statue of the sled dog who became famous during the1925 serum run to Nome; Loeb Boathouse, where you can rent a rowboat by the hour to explore the Lake; Cleopatra’s Needle, the oldest man-made object in the park. Also, be sure to swing by a few of the big boulders throughout the park – remnants of the last ice age! If you climb on top, you can see the grooves (striations) cut by the ice-sheets moving north and south over 12,000 years ago!
There are so many things to see . . . . This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg! You should make your way to the closet bicycle and set out to discover your own Central Park gems! For first-timers I highly recommend signing up for a guided bike tour of Central Park. So many things to see . . . . it’s a good idea to ride along with someone who will make sure you don’t miss out on the amazing sites!
Hello! My name is Melba Guerrero and I am a New York Guest Hotel Concierge. I was born in New York, raised in Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey as a teenager. Even though I’m just across the Hudson River, my heart is always in the city which is why I like to stay really close to it. I’ve been working in the hotel business for over 4 years and I love it– even more so now that I am a concierge because I have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and help them appreciate New York City as much as I do.
I’m a singer/musician, aiming to get my Music Education degree, and I’m also the musical director for my sorority, which I now do part-time. In school and in other areas, I’ve had the opportunity to perform musically, however, I didn’t experience seeing a professional performance on Broadway and off Broadway until becoming a part of New York Guest. Seeing the shows is part of my job since it helps me learn about the current shows and the great ones from the past.
Last week my mom, my sister and I went to see Fuerza Bruta, an avant-garde off-Broadway show. Prior to arriving, I was not aware that this show does not have chairs and that we were going to have to move around during the performance. I thought it would be fun for me and my sister, but my poor mother can’t stand for too long (luckily they had a couple of benches on the sides) and she didn’t want to miss anything, so she remained standing for the whole show. In Spanish, Fuerza Bruta means ‘brute force’. I wondered what I should expect from a “brute force”. I did see some previews from the website to see how it is, and I thought it was cool and was really looking forward to it. The preview is only a glimpse of what you’re going to see– meaning there is so much more to see than what you expect.
In the beginning of the show I felt as though I was in a 20th century version of a silent film, where the audience is sucked in to it to see it live! I was moving to the beat of the music; at some points it felt like I was in a Brazilian dance club. It was crowded, and the more rhythmic parts can catch you unexpectedly but I didn’t mind. I don’t want to give away too much, but you might get a little wet on purpose from the performers. It was so much fun; I was so happy with the outcome and understood what Fuerza Bruta finally means. The energy of the performers and dancers, the dynamics of the music, the tempo of the rhythm would make that a Fuerza Bruta! I will definitely go again with close friends and dance dance dance!
Let New York Guest help you find some of New York City’s off Broadway treasures like Fuerza Bruta. Just give my colleagues a call at (212) 302-4019 for advice and assistance!
Hello! My name is Jana, I am a Senior Travel Consultant at New York Guest. I help people from all over the world plan their New York City getaways. I wanted to share with you a recent amazing experience I had here in my hometown. There are so many wonderful Spas in New York City, but by far the most relaxing and breathtaking that I had been to was the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The entire spa visit was relaxing from head to toe – literally! I had the pleasure of experiencing this with my boyfriend after he won a visit to the spa and of course he took me along with him for some treatments! How lucky was I?! From the moment you enter the Mandarin Oriental, the soothing music and atmosphere totally transforms you into a calm, relaxed mood. This was extremely special as we had been walking around our wonderful city all day. Taking time to enjoy the sites and attractions of New York City is always a great time, but it was such a delight to know that New York also offers tranquil places to visit as well.
We were welcomed with delicious tea and a change of footwear. The slippers were very comfy and immediately soothed our feet from all of the walking we had done. After leaving the Tea Lounge we parted ways into our Massage rooms. They were lit with candles and the music was very relaxing. The entire room smelled of aromatherapy oils and my masseuse allowed me to choose the scent that I liked best. The service was absolutely amazing and transformed me into a very calm, relaxed state. It was fantastic! The hour-long service was just perfect.
After my Massage I was greeted by my Masseuse with a glass of water and whe then escorted me into the Spa Relaxation Room. There are full length windows that encompass the most spectacular views of the New York City. Looking out at the amazing view, it made me so proud to be a native New Yorker! In the Relaxation Room I was surrounded by other women who had also enjoyed many different spa services. We were talking, reading the provided magazines, enjoying fruit and RELAXING! The Chairs were long chaise lounges that curved to your body– so comfortable I wanted to take one home with me.
Upon my exit from the Relaxation Room I entered the Amethyst Crystal Steam Room and the Vitality Pool. When I was ready to end my spa session, I was reunited with my boyfriend. We were so relaxed and ready for the romantic dinner ahead of us! It was one of my favorite New York City experiences ever and I highly recommend it!
I would love to help you plan your own New York City spa experience on your next trip to the city! Having been to many of the area hotels and day spas, I have a great sense of what’s available and what’s worth the splurge (like the Mandarin Oriental) of taking time during a busy trip to pamper oneself. Just give me a call at (212) 302-4019 or email me at JUrban@newyorkguest.com.
Hello, I am Jeannette and I am the Director of International Sales for New York Guest. I have been with New York Guest for over 7 years! Did you know that New York Guest assists clients with travel outside of New York City? We frequently book individuals, groups and corporate travelers all over the US and abroad. For example, right now I am helping a group leader find the perfect hotel in Milan for his cycling group tour later this year.
As you can imagine part of my job entails a bit of travel and one the places I love to escape to the most is Puerto Rico. After so many years of going there, I have become a bit of expert on all things Puerto Rico! I recently returned from a 6-day jaunt to Vieques– January is the perfect time for a warm-weather getaway from NYC! As my colleagues struggled with the blizzard that is New York, I made important decisions like, “Which secluded beach should I visit today?”
Vieques is beautiful island located a short 25 minutes by plane from San Juan, with secluded beaches, no chain restaurants and no internet cafes, it is place you really go to get away. The island lies about 8 miles off the mainland of Puerto Rico and is only about 21 miles long and 4 miles wide. Small enough that it’s easy to quickly orient yourself on the island. Since the US Navy closed their operations on the island in 2003, tourism has slowly been building here, but I still consider it one of the secret jewels of the Caribbean. The recent opening of the W Hotel has brought a bit of jazz to the island luring Hollywood headliners like Dennis Quaid and Angie Harmon, but outside the walls of W, the biggest sighting is the natural beauty of the wild horses that run free.
The island also hosts a ton of smaller bed and breakfasts and I am lucky to know them all! So for all of our readers looking for someplace to escape other than New York City, here at New York Guest we can still get you the same great deals in warmer climates as we do in New York.
Let me be your guide to La Isla Nena or anywhere South of the Border for some fun in the sun. Contact me via e-mail or call me at (212) 302-4019!