Located on floors 35-54 of the Time Warner Center’s northern tower on the southwest corner of Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, New York is a quick elevator ride away from The Shops at Columbus Circle for fashion favourites such as Coach, True Religion and Hugo Boss, and playground for cooks Williams-Sonoma. Stroll across the park to Madison Avenue for Gucci, Christian Louboutin and Chanel, to name a few, plus gems such as Yuta Powell’s beautifully curated womenswear. And sip bubbly while you shop at the new Ralph Lauren women’s store across the street from the men’s ‘Polo Mansion’.
For up-and-coming designers and independent labels, head south to Nolita, east of SoHo. Check out Duncan Quinn for slim-fitting men’s suits, and Blue Bag for unique totes. The flagship Sigerson Morrison on Prince Street is a must for shoe lovers, while bibliophiles will adore the neighbouring McNally Jackson bookstore.
Make time to explore Central Park’s Zoo, Conservatory Garden and Belvedere Castle, and miles of walking and biking paths. Concerts are held on the Great Lawn in the summer, and in the winter there’s ice-skating. While wandering through, visit the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side and the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side.
Skip the queues for the Empire State Building and enjoy a better view from the Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center. At sunset, walk across the mile-long Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan for amazing skyline views.
For stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline, paired with contemporary Asian-influenced cuisine, look no further than Asiate, at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Featuring a wall of wine and a glittering tree-branch sculpture, the setting is as stunning as Chef de Cuisine Angie Berry’s cooking. For a more Zen space, try Masa, which has 26 seats and an omakase menu by chef and proprietor Masa Takayama. Expect to pay up to $600 a head, but the fish flown in daily from Japan is the best.
Nearby, on Central Park South, Marea – chef Micheal White’s ode to Italian seafood – has seasonal dishes like local sea bass with fava beans and apricot mostarda. Or have wine and charcuterie at Bar Boulud, Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro facing the Lincoln Center. East Village’s Motorino is the place to go for pizza – order the Margherita DOC or the Brussels Sprout and Pancetta. For a local experience, visit bustling Union Square Greenmarket and lunch on artisan fare afterwards at Chelsea Market in a former biscuit factory.
Start the evening with a drink and enjoy the stunning Manhattan panorama in the Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, New York, or sip a cocktail in the hotel’s sultry MObar. Then catch a Broadway play or a long-running favourite such as Wicked and The Lion King, or check out Broadway's newest smash hit, The Book of Mormon. Closer to home, Jazz at Lincoln Center has several performance halls in the Time Warner Center. Go down to Dizzy’s Club for jazz in a cosy bar setting overlooking Central Park.
For comedy and new talent, head to the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. Finish the evening at The Mulberry Project, one of the city’s hottest – and hardest to find – cocktail bars, a subterranean space tucked away in Little Italy.