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Cipriani Wall Street is a magnificent piece of Greek architecture and is the former home to the NYSE, the US Customs House and the New York Merchants Exchange. Occupying an entire city block and an area of 16,000 square feet, it is framed by monolithic Corinthian columns amongst a backdrop of Greek architecture. Owned and maintained by the super wealthy Cipriani family, this is an ideal venue for weddings, parties and other events. The place is crowded with suave business executives and society ladies lunching in the afternoons. Celebrity spotting is a favorite pass-time at this place. Visit website for detailed menu.
Tucked away in the basement of the chic Greenwich Hotel, owned by famed actor Robert De Niro, the Shibui Spa is unlike any other in New York City. The zen-like atmosphere of the dark wood accented spa will have you forgetting about your worries in no time. Soft linen robes and comfortable slippers are presented to each guest upon arrival, as well as bathing suits for the tranquil, lantern lit swimming pool if they've forgotten their own. The list of treatments run the gamut of usual spa offerings with everything from facials and scrubs to massages and seasonal baths to private yoga and pilates sessions. Their philosophy of balance will have you living, and enjoying, the present moment.
No two rooms at The Greenwich Hotel are the same. Each is more spectacular than the last, decorated with international luxury items like Tibetan rugs, Siberian oak floors, and Moroccan tile. Every room at this ultra-sleek hotel also features organic bath products and soaking tubs to ensure guests stay pampered and refreshed. Those looking for ultimate relaxation can visit the exclusive Shibui Spa, which offers everything from poolside meditation to traditional Japanese shiatsu massages, while peckish guests can find superb Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list at the Locanda Verde Restaurant. More than just a luxury accommodation, The Greenwich Hotel guarantees a memorable stay with its unique vision and trendy Tribeca location.
Opened in 1996, the Soho Grand Hotel greets you with a brightly mirrored lobby and a sweeping staircase made of iron and glass. All the comforts of a top quality hotel can be found here, along with easy access to the restaurants, shops and galleries that give Soho its reputation for being the artistic heart of the city. Choose from king, corner, penthouse and grand corner rooms, each decorated in eclectic Soho style and boasting many amenities. There is also an attractive but pricey lobby bar.
New York boasts of numerous rooftop bars, but Jimmy stands out as one of the costliest and most sophisticated. Situated on the 18th level of The James New York, this rooftop lounge offers a panoramic vista of Manhattan's skyscrapers, the bridges over the East River and prominent city landmarks. During nighttime, it is an experience to relax on the chaise lounges, next to the swimming pool, and watch the sparkling lights of the skyline against the velvet purple sky. The interiors, designed by the award-winning architect Thomas Schlesser, are splendid enough to distract your attention from the terrace views. The warm fireplace, Art Deco lamps, cinnamon tiles and black-and-white artworks adorning the walls create a glamorous retro ambiance. Mixologists concoct the cocktails using herbs grown in the on-site organic garden and prepares the bitters, juices and syrups in-house. Try special cocktails like the Mexican Bee Hive, infused with lavender syrup, silver tequila and drops of honey, and served with amber honeycomb. The wood-decked terrace, pool and indoor lounge can also be hired for stylish parties. Don your best attire while heading here as you are sure to meet an über-stylish crowd.
Goldbar truly lives up to its name, everywhere you look is covered in gold. Walk through the beaded curtains and marvel at the huge gilded chandlers, golden seats, and oil paintings. Though when you carefully examine your surroundings you'll realize this bar has some weird and wonderful decor as well, just take a look at the bar walls which are lined with golden human skulls! The impressive decor is matched by the equally impressive cocktails. Try one of their unique cocktails such as the Flight to Paris, complete with both champagne and absinthe.
Built in 1890 as an office building for John Jacob Astor II, this landmark location was previously home to shabby lofts for Soho artists. Then The Mercer Hotel was totally renovated into this impressive luxury boutique hotel. High ceilings and large windows add to the grandeur of each room. It is across the street from the Guggenheim Museum Soho and is near all the galleries of SoHo. It is not far from Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Chinatown as well. The super chic restaurant, The Mercer Kitchen, is located in the basement of the hotel.
There may be many Italian joints in the city, but few are as highly regarded as Bar Pitti. Its main draw is the delicious Tuscan food served on the summer terrace, by friendly staff. The seafood and other meats pair well with the delectable sorbets and wines available here. You might find celebrities hanging out here but the real stars are the people in the kitchen. Visit this place once and you're likely to become a regular.
Located inside the Bowery Hotel, this beautiful and tastefully decorated lounge is open to visitors as well as hotel guests. Situated in the East Village, the Lobby Bar has a classy ambiance and elegant decor. Persian rugs, Art Deco-style interiors, a working fireplace and beautiful chandeliers adorn this bar, making it look all the more luxurious. An attentive staff along with warm service adds to its charm, as does the amazing range of specialty drinks and food options.
Established in 1937, this tavern/restaurant was named after the brook that once flowed through Manhattan from the Collect Pond further north. Step inside and you are immediately transported to post-depression New York, albeit with a more updated menu. Black and white tiles coupled with dark, wood paneled walls draws in the crowd. Today, Minetta Tavern is run by Keith McNally, the man behind Pastis and Balthazar. The dinner menu is highlighted by the cuts of beef, such as the dry-aged côte de boeuf served for two and the bone-in New York strip. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, although you can always have traditional favorites like steak frites and burgers.
Many New Yorkers believe Il Mulino restaurant, nestled in Greenwich Village, has the finest classic Italian cuisine in New York City. As a result, reservations can be very hard to come by, but it is often much easier to snag a table at lunch. A meal at Il Mulino can be quite expensive, but portions are definitely on the large side. The service is of course professional and attentive, and the decor is classy and subdued.