New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. Travelers to the Big Apple can get nearly anything they want at any time during their trip.
No other city in the world does luxury like New York City. Whether travelers want five-star meals made by world famous chefs or to sleep in one of a kind hotel that are fit for royalty, New York City has it in spades.
With so much choice in the City that Never Sleeps, travelers shouldn’t miss these New York City hotspots on their next trip.
The Baccarat Hotel
Located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art is the gorgeous Baccarat Hotel. One step inside this glorious hotel and travelers will be surrounded with old world charm. Nearly every turn will take guests down corridors or into rooms decorated with mahogany wood and crystal light fixtures. The Baccarat is pure glitz and glamour made for movie stars.
Travelers won’t have to leave this luxury hotel to find a good time. The trendy Grand Salon and Bar are perfect for dinner and drinks or just a late-night cocktail before heading off to bed. There is also a spa with a pool that enable guests to get in the holiday mood when staying at the Baccarat.
Where to dine…
Le Bernardin is the brainchild of executive chef Eric Ripert and co-owner Maguy Le Coze. The Michelin three-star restaurant has received rave reviews for its French seafood-inspired menu.
The restaurant serves up fish dishes in three different ways: “Almost Raw,” “Barely Touched”, and “Lightly Cooked” and each gives the dish a different taste and flavor. The preparation categories highlight the different aspects of the fish in unique ways.
Le Bernardin is a fine dining experience. The restaurant’s layout means diners sit quite close together, giving the upscale Le Bernardin a slightly casual feel.
Diners can enjoy a lunchtime three-course prix fixe meal for $90. Meanwhile, the four-course prix fixe dinner menu is $160. The real treat, however, is the Chef’s Menu with wine pairing for $370.
Where to find a great cocktail…
King Cole Bar
Midtown Manhattan’s King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. Situated in the St. Regis Hotel, the glorious drink was created by bartender Fernand Petiot in 1934. Bloody Mary drinkers have thanked Petiot ever since. There is nothing better than getting a Bloody Mary from one of the expert drink slingers at the King Cole Bar and tasting the spicy concoction from the place in which it was created.
What makes the King Cole Bar a must-visit is its old-school atmosphere. It is elegant with dark lighting and features. Men in business suits and women in dresses sit around the classy bar sipping drinks while well-groomed barmen and waiters ship glasses here and there.
The classic watering hole underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2013. Since then, a new trendy crowd has descended on the King Cole Bar bringing it some new life. It is still a great venue and a must for anyone seeking to sample a Bloody Mary from its birthplace.
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