NFT New York Midtown

Midtown
Welcome to the heart of everything -- clogged arteries and all. An utter tourist hell to some, Midtown may also be where you slave away in an antiseptic glass tower for more than half your waking day. But while many avoid the area altogether, Times Square and its side streets possess ample virtues. If you can tolerate the slow walkers, group photos, and incessant invitations to comedy shows, you'll be rewarded with some of New York's finest art and most impressive architecture, the brightest lights this side of Tokyo, world-famous hotels and cathedrals, a pair of iconic animal statues, and of course a little animal known as Broadway.

Topping our Midtown list is The Museum of Modern Art. Yes, it's pricey and gets packed on the weekend, but the art will blow your mind and the sculpture garden is divine. Bargain tip: it's free on Friday evenings. If you still enjoy the smell and feel of real-live books, the main branch of the New York Public Library (guarded by the famous lion statues Patience and Fortitude) is spectacular. Inside, visit The Map Room and The Rose Main Reading Room, one of the most beautiful spaces in the world to get lost in a book. Right outside, you can bask on the lawn of beautiful Bryant Park, stare up at the sky, and transcend the chaos of the city. Until a pigeon poops on you or the crazy guy in the smelly trench coat starts yelling at himself.

For a dose of glamour and history, stop in at the Algonquin Hotel, where famous writers, entertainers, and socialites used to cavort and carouse in the 1920s. To see how the ultra-rich used to (and still) live, pop into the gorgeous Plaza Hotel. If you have a small fortune lying around unused, we hear the Edwardian Suite is quite suitable. Gaze at the exquisite, 1908 façade of the Alwyn Court Apartments and decide if you would rather live behind those walls or just look at them like a fine sculpture. When it's movie time, catch it at the plush, gold-trimmed Ziegfeld Theatre, which boasts the biggest screen in the city.

Times Square is the dominion of tourists, but it's worth sneaking in late at night when they're back in their hotels, so you can check out the cool pedestrian plaza where the street used to be (though we kind of miss the comfy lawn chairs from the first summer they tried it). One of the area's greatest assets is, of course, the Broadway theatre scene. If you need cheap tickets to a play or musical, weave through the crowds to the TKTS booth. After braving the line, grab a seat on the actually-really-awesome bleachers that climb over the booth like a staircase. The real gems, though, can be found on the periphery of the square, including the striking New York Times Building, the exhibits at Discovery Times Square (brave the tourists – it's worth it!), and the rare tourist-free bar, Jimmy's Corner.

Midtown is home to oodles of thrilling architecture. Arguably, the most exciting is the Hearst Tower, a stunning masterpiece blending old and new, and the first "green" skyscraper in New York. Sprouting through the roof of the original 1928 building is an angular tower built with recycled steel, completed in 2006. Duck into the lobby to check out the one-of-a-kind water sculpture. Other architectural highlights include Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Thomas Church, Villard House, Rockefeller Center, One Bryant Park, and the American Radiator Building. And finally, don't miss the trippy Austrian Cultural Forum, which hosts a number of events open to the public.

For a change of pace, check out Little Brazil's small strip of restaurants, bars (some with live music), and shops. Or go north a block to the famous Diamond District, which appeared in the 1940s when Orthodox Jews transplanted here from war-torn Europe. Finally, stare up at The Debt Clock, wondering what your share is and why Bill Gates needs another tax cut. Whereupon, you will need a drink. Possibly a double.

Nightlife
Grab a cocktail at the elegant and laid-back Faces and Names, or belly up to the bar at the aforementioned Jimmy's Corner for a beer and a shot. Bowl some frames at, uh, Frames in Port Authority or the nearby Bowlmor Lanes. Other options: Iridium for jazz, King Cole for class, Caroline's or HA! for comedy, or escape it all on the patio of Bookmarks.

Restaurants

There's something for every taste in this area. Greasy burgers tucked inside a fancy hotel at Burger Joint, cheap but ah-mazing chicken parm at Luigi's, street food at the halal cart at 53rd & 6th. For high-end experiences, savor the French-American fare at The Modern, the seafood at Le Bernardin, David Chang's Ma Peche, or the vintage charms of 21 Club. Stage and Carnegie are two old standby delis, while Cafe Edison is great for lunch or pre-show dinner.

Shopping
Midtown is home to one of the great world shopping districts. Legendary retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue are majestic retail palaces, while numerous boutiques and flagships for individual brands jostle for position. In Times Square, there are several touristy chains, as well as a Forever 21 that's open until 1 AM and comes in handy for late-night wardrobe emergencies. For unique finds, check out MoMA Design Store or Muji, and stock up on spirits at Park Avenue Liquor or Oak and Steel.




         
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Booth Theatre
It's holiday time! What better way to count your blessings than to see the gut-wrenching, feel-bad play of the year, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Just as horrifying as the film starring Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, this new Steppenwolf production is brilliantly acted--you'll feel every bit of the self-loathing that unfolds on stage. And when you're not reeling from the schadenfreude, you'll be laughing. For those who don't know, the play spans one evening with a history professor and his wife, whose vicious, alcohol-fueled mind games ensnare a younger couple who thought they were just coming over for a drink. It's three hours long, if you don't slink off in the middle to drown your sorrows upstairs at Sardi's.



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

MoMA
I used to love going to MoMA for their free Friday nights, especially when I was new to the city. But that was six years ago, and now when someone says "MoMA" I cringe at the whole prospect: the mass of irritable people, the gift shop that feels like a children's insane asylum, the outrageous decibel level, and being shoved out of the way by some zealot who needs to experience this art RIGHT NOW. And the kicker is that MoMA isn't just like this on Friday nights, it's like this all the freakin' time. However, I've recently gotten into their films, which are a calming antidote to all this. Take a chance on a movie you probably won't see elsewhere, one that doesn't play out through the usual formulaic narrative and structure, and the director might even be there to shed some light on his or her artistic choices. I wish I could say the films were cheap, but at $12 they cost as much as any other movie in this city. A membership will get you in for free, and since you have to pay a staggering $25 just to get into the museum, $85 to be a member for a year isn't so bad.



Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

The holidays are here and once again, we transplants are looking for ways to entertain out-of-town guests without fraying what's left of our nerves. Maybe it sounds like tourist hell, but I sincerely recommend taking visitors to the Top of the Rock. Yes, it costs $25 (check for discounts online) and you have to deal with midtown, but this view can inspire the most ornery visitor and the most jaded New Yorker alike. In one glance, this panorama reminds us what an impressive city we live in, home to practically every type of person, a city full of ambition, success, creativity, growth, hope, and all the other qualities that lured us into this money-sucking pit in the first place. So take your cousin from Anywhere, USA to the Top of the Rock -- it'll put the urban faith back into your soul and you won't have to explain to your cousin why you gladly pay 75% of your take-home pay in rent, because New York makes his city look like a smoldering trash heap. The view says it all.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Posted By:  Layne Mosler
Photo:  Layne Mosler

Petrossian Boutique
There are foods that soothe from the moment they make it into your mouth, and chocolate chip cookies are among them. Especially when they come from this high-end Parisian-Armenian food boutique, which happens to be two blocks from the Wellington Hotel taxi stand on 7th Avenue. Skip the $500 tins of caviar and the salmon from Scotland. If you're suffering from any type of Gotham-related trauma, this $3 puck of chocolate and pecans will cheer you up. It will also leave a buttery gloss on your lips and a toffee aftertaste on your tongue.



Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Posted By:  Layne Mosler
Photo:  Layne Mosler

Sofrito
Do not be put off by walkie-talkie sporting hostesses, lurid neon, or ear-splitting birthday serenades at Sofrito. Their seafood mofongo is worth the madness. In this classic Puerto Rican dish, pork fat and mashed plantains come together beneath a light tomato sauce, sauteed onions, bell peppers, and jumbo shrimp. It's as delicious as the salsa is deafening. Skip the paella here (the saffron rice is good, but the seafood feels like an afterthought) and leave room for mango panna cotta: lighter than flan, richer than mousse and resting on a pool of mango-flavored caramel, the dessert will lure you into the tropical fiesta.



Friday, March 12, 2010

Posted By:  Rob Tallia
Photo:  Courtesy of MoMa

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
There are great artists, and then there are great artists like William Kentridge. To see a Kentridge exhibit is to witness something truly rare: an artist who is an unquestioned genius in not one but several mediums. Can he paint? Yup. Can he sculpt? Yup. Can he make movies? Yup. Sketch? Yup. Make 3-D live-action back-screen projection moving theater pieces? Yup. (You'll need to see this in person to understand exactly what that is). Oh, and can he do set design for, say, the Metropolitan Opera? Yup. It's the year of Kentridge here in NYC, with this exhibit timed perfectly with his set design for Shostakovitch's "The Nose" at the Met, as well as other events such as lectures, live performances, and fans such as myself making hushed obeisances to the master. Is all this artsy-fartsy hype worth it? Yes, it is. He's totally amazing. He WILL blow your mind.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Posted By:  J. Slab
Photo:  J. Slab

New York Marriott Marquis
The phrase "WhiskyFest" seems somehow redundant: like ExtraFunHappyTime, or CrispyFriedGutbuster. And yet, as far as large-scale pouring events go, they simply don't get much more festive. Take the specs of Malt Advocate's 2009 extravaganza. It is billed as "America’s Largest Whiskey Celebration" for a reason: over 250 whiskeys alone (most Scotch, and not counting the smattering of beer, congnac, brandy, gin, and vodka); 7 speakers (including Master Distillers and Ambassadors from the likes of The Classic Malts and Ardbeg); experts representing the Isles of Jura and Arran, and a handful of distilleries; a charity table with rarities including a 1976 Benriach and two Highland Parks from the 60s; an evening-long buffet (carved beef and pastas); and special VIP pours, such as Ardbeg Supernova, 30 Year Old Highland Park, Johnnie Walker Blue, 25 Year Old Glenlivet, and a Cask Strength Macallan. Not least of which, admission includes a crystal nosing glass and year's subscription to the Advocate, which means that when the inevitable blackout strikes (pours are unlimited, after all), you will still have something to remind you of the good times. The only catch? It sells out early, so set your calendars and dream ahead to next year.



Friday, October 30, 2009

Posted By:  Rob Tallia
Photo:  Rob Tallia

Beacon Restaurant & Bar
Mom and Dad coming in to town? Are they staying in Midtown and are willing to blow some bucks on a "nice" restaurant? We have the answer: Beacon. Waldy Malouf's wood-fired goodness will put a smile on their faces, except when the bill comes (but like a good offspring, if you've prepared them first, this shouldn't matter). From wood-fired artichokes to wood-fired oysters, it's all good. The $29 "nose to tail" lamb was a treat--easily one of the best chops I've ever eaten, along with lamb ribs, lamb meatballs, and lamb kidneys wrapped in bacon. Get a table near the kitchen and enjoy. Just make sure you're not the one paying.



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Columbus Circle
"No no no, honey, we'll come to New York!" That is the sound of family visiting for the holidays, which are coming up soon, whether you like it or not. This means that any number of your clan members will show up without maps or a clue, and they will need specific directions to entertain themselves while you live your life, i.e. go to work and do things you don’t want them to know about. An old standby of mine is to send them to Columbus Circle. Here they can do all this without leaving the immediate area, mostly inside the Time Warner Center: go shopping; use the restroom; eat something relatively inexpensive (Whole Foods or Borders); eat something very expensive (Per Se and many others); check out Jazz at Lincoln Center (either a performance or their gift shop and multimedia Hall of Fame); explore Central Park on foot, bike, or carriage; or visit the sleek new Museum of Art and Design on the south end of Columbus Circle, whose gift shop nearly rivals that of MoMA. They can also walk straight down Broadway until they hit Times Square, which means you won't have to go with them later. Next stop: something you actually want to do.



Monday, October 05, 2009

Posted By:  Rob Tallia
Photo:  Rob Tallia

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Hey midtowners: on your lunch break next week, take a few minutes to stop by Michael Rosenfeld's gallery on 57th Street. The current show is "Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part Two: Sculpture)," through October 31. Three pieces totally blew me away: Lee Bontecou's "Untitled [MR13]," Claire Falkenstein's "Sun #10," and Theodore Roszak's "Exploding Star." Also with pieces by Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, and Ruth Asawa. Say hi to the security guard on the ground floor; why not?



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Craig Nelson

Primeburger
 I've walked by here a million times but never even took a minute to look in. Finally, when a buddy was visiting from LA, I hatched a plan to go for breakfast before I deposited him on the E train to JFK. The second we entered, I knew it was going to be a memorable experience. There were a couple of CEO/Hollywood types that occupied the front booth that seemed to know everyone. Picture some millionaire with long hair and spandex. Ok, now get that picture out of your head. Fast. The waiters we're incredibly short tempered and couldn't care less (ah, New York). And the space is a complete retro throwback to a different era. Yes, they have grill hood stenciled with their logo. The food? Well, if you thought it was impossible to mess up eggs and toast, you've never been to Primeburger. But who cares when you have guys in paper hats, the longest counter I've seen in New York, and diner atmosphere galore. In today's New York it's nice to know some good old fashioned, non-trendy joints are alive and well.



Friday, May 29, 2009

Posted By:  Sara Bogush
Photo:  Sara Bogush

Minamoto Kitchoan
They're almost too pretty to eat...almost. Hard-to-find this side of the Pacific, wagashi are traditional Japanese pastries that have played a role in tea ceremonies for centuries. They're usually shaped from sweet rice paste, bean paste, or jellied fruits into exquisite cakes, flowers, and animals. At this Midtown bakery, wagashi are displayed inside dramatically-lit glass cases, as if their sole purpose were to be admired. But make no mistake, they are quite snackable, and at $2-$3 per piece, they're within reason when your sweet tooth begs for something different. Lest you worry about what you're biting into, calorie, ingredient, and freshness information is meticulously displayed, and the counter people are unfailingly friendly, despite an occasional language barrier.



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Posted By:  Rob Tallia
Photo:  Rob Tallia

FAO Schwarz
I remember going to FAO Schwartz back in the early part of the decade; right around their bankruptcy problems, and thinking that it was so overrated. Well, glad to see that getting more focused (they canned their mall stores in the bankruptcy) actually helps sometimes--since now FAO Schwartz is pretty much back to its former glory as a great, great toy store. And not just because it can keep my four-year-old occupied for hours; there is plenty of cool stuff for toy-minded adult nerds, like the 7-foot high Lego Darth Vader, an excellent Lionel train set-up, a working SCX Slot-racing track, and a make-your-own Matchbox car machine (or maybe it's Hot Wheels; doesn't matter, they're owned by the same company). Oh, yeah--and your kid can dance on the piano, too!



Monday, May 18, 2009

Posted By:  Ilona Virostek
Photo:  Ilona Virostek

Mid-Manhattan Library
Libraries: they still exist! You stopped visiting when you discovered the internet, but the library has gone on without you, acquiring lots of new books (including current bestsellers) and keeping fabulous with new media, special events, and user-friendly upgrades. Of course, it's still free, and will even trust people like you with up to 30 books, CDs, and DVDs at a time. By the way, Wikiholics: the library still has way more information than the internet, on almost all topics except for breaking news, your "friends network," shopping, and porn. So if you only remember libraries in the context of tedious research projects, you owe it to yourself to go check out something fun. Perhaps a nonfiction bestseller, a trashy romance novel, or just something with a lot of swear words. Go to the NYPL website to check the location and availability of a book you want, or to reserve or renew a title. Yes, it's all very contemporary now. But I'm pleased to report that the library still has that comforting old-book smell.



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Posted By:  Harris Solomon
Photo:  Harris Solomon

Cafe Zaiya
If you have ever been subjected to working 9-5 in midtown Manhattan, you understand the horror of finding lunch. Not that it's difficult--from most office buildings you can throw your stapler and hit one of the ubiquitous over-priced chains such as Cafe Metro, Pax, or Europa Cafe. However, if you care at all about quality, or can't stomach paying $7.95 for a Panini made two days ago, things are a bit tougher. Luckily, there is Cafe Zaiya. Think cheap Japanese food court. They have Onigiri (triangles with various fillings surrounded by sushi rice and wrapped in Seaweed), tons of boxed lunches, and delicious cheap sandwiches. As ingenious as it is delicious, Cafe Zaiya has a huge case of house-made sweets, as well as a Beard Papa Cream Puff Counter. Here, ten dollars can easily buy you a boxed lunch, a rice triangle and dessert. While this place is a super find, it's not exactly a secret. Expect crowds, disorientation, and mayhem if you dare enter during lunch. But hey, isn't delicious, cheap and flavorful always worth fighting for? Elbow that analyst out of your way and grab the last fried chicken sandwich. It's worth inflicting pain on somebody. Really.



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Posted By:  Sara Bogush
Photo:  Sara Bogush

Jimmy's Corner
If working in Times Square is the disease, Jimmy's Corner is the cure. This narrow, 40-year-old dive just keeps on keepin' on, stealthily ministering to a cross-section of locals through the neighborhood's gradual touristification. Owner Jimmy Glenn was a professional trainer, as evidenced by the boxing memorabilia all over the walls, and tabletops featuring photos of patrons preserved in amberish laquer add to the overall air of nostalgia. Beers are domestic and cheap ($4 pints of Bud Light, Heineken, or Sam Adams), and food is non-existent, but at Jimmy's you feast on atmosphere. The soul of this bar is the jukebox, which cranks out one Stax gem after another, and the friendly service, which provides an oasis from the theater-going hordes outside. If you're lucky, you might catch Jimmy himself working behind the bar.



Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Posted By:  Sarah Moroz
Photo:  Sarah Moroz

New York Public Library
Times are hard, yo. Saving, or only making "reasonable" purchases, is no strength of anyone's. But, if you look back to other troubled times (i.e. the motherlode of economic recessions in the '20s), you'll find that style did not have to be compromised. Stop staring longingly at shop windows and go get some cultcha--without forfeiting a visual intake of style. Check out the Art Deco-focused exhibit at the New York Public Library Art Deco Design: Rhythm and Verve (through January 11). It's free and features the prettiest Art Deco pochoir patterns (a.k.a stenciled images for textile design).




Monday, December 01, 2008

Posted By:  Harrison Peck
Photo:  Harrison Peck

Museum of Arts & Design
Step aside, MoMA and Whitney, your days of boasting New York's coolest contemporary art are over. The brand-new Museum of Art and Design contains so many awe-inducing works that by the end of your visit your jaw will hurt from constant dropping. While the permanent collection is indeed worth a visit, the temporary exhibit, in which artists turn everyday objects into gasp-inducing creations, will undoubtedly make you forget that you just paid $15 to get in. When you enter the exhibit, you see an average-looking bookshelf. Upon walking around the other side, however, you see that the pages of every book have been sanded to create a towering Buddha head that will require several minutes of gawking to fully grasp. Another highlight is a series of hanging spools that at first looks like nothing but a colossal waste of string. However, when you peer through the glass ball propped up in front of the spools, the glass shrinks and inverts the image into a near-perfect replica of the Mona Lisa. Get to the museum long before closing to allow ample time to fully absorb all the astonishing works. And be sure to go before "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary" closes on February 15th.



Monday, September 15, 2008

Posted By:  Krikor Daglian
Photo:  Krikor Daglian

Hallo Berlin Cart
NFT's affection for the Hallo Berlin restaurant on Tenth Ave is long-standing, but a special mention is in order for the place where it all got started--their cart on Fifth Avenue and 54th Street (11:30 am-3:30 pm, cash only). Despite the plaudits of some of my gourmand friends, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from German food (despite being half-German). And yet I must confess my first bites of their "Double Soul Mix" were an amazing experience. It was really, really good. As in, for that moment, I felt it could have been the best thing I ever tasted. Grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut, cabbage, onion and sauce all mingled and blew my mind. Maybe it was the cold weather, the low expectations, or possibly some secret Teutonic spice that creates hallucinogenic conditions in the eater, but there's way more wurst in my life now than I ever expected.



Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Courtesy of Muji

Muji Times Square
Thank you Japan for giving us another reason to head to Midtown (not that we don't love hanging out at Port Authority). Muji, the hip Japanese design store, has finally opened a full blown outlet in New York. The MoMA Store has carried a small line of Muji office supplies for a few years, and there's a nice little outlet on Broadway. But now Japanophiles can rejoice at the arrival of a full-blown megastore in the famous New York Times building. I may just climb up the side and unfurl a giant banner to proclaim my joy! From flip-flops to notebooks to serving spoons, Muji has transformed simple items into beautiful pieces of functional art. Think of it as a Japanese-style IKEA but cooler and without meatballs. Don't forget to bust out a few arigatos or konnichiwas while shopping to amuse the Japanese staff.




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Other Midtown Restaurants

'wichcraft, Bryant Park
4 Kiosks: Sandwiches, soups, and sweets from the Craft Empire.
21 Club
Old, clubby New York.
53rd & 6th Halal Cart
Serving halal food to cabbies and devoted fans (7:30 pm-4 am).
Akdeniz
Turkish oasis in Midtown.
Amalia
Freud meets food at this swanky bi-level boite adjacent to The Dream Hotel.
Angelo's Pizza
For total tourist pizza, it ain't half bad.
Applejack Diner
Endless cup of coffee.
Aureole
Well-done but unimaginative.
Baluchi's
Slightly above-average Indian.
Beacon Restaurant & Bar
Spend $100 on wood-fired goodness. If you can.
BG
Another reason to spend the whole day at Bergdorf's.
Big Apple Deli
Standard deli, excellent selection, accurate orders, not a chain.
Blue Fin
Sleek, stylish seafood & sushi spot in the W Hotel.
Bos & Lucky Sunday
The only Chinese takeout you'll need.
Brasserie 8 1/2
A must for brunch. Lovely for cocktails and dinner too.
Bread & Olive
Brick oven baked Middle Eastern delights.
Burger Joint
Fancy hotel lobby leads to unexpected burger dive. Awesome.
Café Edison
Theater district mainstay for Jewish soul food.
Cafe Zaiya
Japanese food court that's cheap and fast.
Carmine's
Pre-theater Italian standby with ungodly portions.
Carnegie Deli
Still good. Still really, really good.
Cinema Brasserie
Good spot for a business power lunch.
Coldstone Creamery
Because ice cream without trendiness ain't worth a lick.
Cosi
Sandwiches for the masses.
Cosi
Sandwiches for the masses.

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Other Midtown Nightlife

Arena
Anything-goes excess is back, albeit in midtown.
BB King Blues Club
Check out the live gospel brunch on Sundays.
Blue Bar
If you're in the mood for a Harvey Wallbanger.
Bookmarks
Escape the Midtown ruckus at this nifty rooftop bar.
Caroline's on Broadway
Laughs in Times Square. A classic.
Chicago City Limits
Improv. Think fast, sucker!
China Club
Think Night at the Roxbury.
Dave & Busters
Another dateless Friday night.
Divine Bar West
Straight boys love the cranberry sangria.
Emmett O'Lunney's Irish Pub
Above-average Irish pub popular with the after-work crowd.
Faces & Names
Fabulous staff, elegant vibe, superb bar and very good food.
Flute
Munch on strawberries and cream with your bubbly.
Gilt
When the economy recovers, you'll find us drinking here.
HA! Comedy Club
Stop in for some great laughs and a minimum of two drinks.
Hawaiian Tropic Zone
If you must.
Heartland Brewery
Heartland HeartLAND HEARTLAND!
Heartland Brewery
Heartland HeartLAND HEARTLAND!
Iridium Jazz Club
Good mainstream jazz venue. Pricey.
Jimmy's Corner
This cozy joint is the best bar around here, trust us.
King Cole Bar
Drink a red snapper and admire the gorgeous mural.
Oak Room
Classic and classy cabaret.
Paramount Bar
Tiny, pretentious, unavoidable.
Point Break
No Swayze or Keanu. Just drunken Midtown office slaves.
R Lounge
Sip cocktails with (gulp) tourists and take in the fine view.
Roseland Ballroom
Big-time rock venue.

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Other Midtown Shopping

Apple Store (Fifth Avenue)
Giant glass shrine houses all things Apple.
Bergdorf Goodman
Hands down--the best windows in the business.
Burberry
Signature "beige plaid" purveyor.
Chanel
Official outfitter of "ladies who lunch."
Colony Music
Sheet music galore.
Drama Book Shop
Alas, poor Yorick...
Drummers World
All-encompassing stop for drummers--from beginning to pro.
Ermenegildo Zegna
A truly stylish and classic Italian designer.
Felissimo
Cool design store, Great townhouse.
Forever 21
Open til 1 AM, lifesaver during late-night wardrobe emergencies.
Henri Bendel
Offbeat department store specializing in the unusual and harder-to-find.
Lee's Art Shop
Excellent art store in surprising location.
Manny's Music
Uptown musical instruments mecca.
Mets Clubhouse Shop
For Amazin' stuff!
MoMA Design and Book Store
Cutting-edge, minimalist, ergonomic, offbeat, and funky everything.
Muji Times Square
Like a Japanese IKEA, but cooler and without meatballs.
Oak and Steel Fine Wines & Spirits
Excellent selection, very knowledgeable staff.
Park Avenue Liquor Shop
Amazing selection of scotch. Makes us wish we had more $$$.
Petrossian Boutique
Caviar and other delectables. Bring the Gold Card.
Roberto's Winds
Saxophones, horns, clarinets, and flutes. If it blows, bring it here.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue mainstay with lovely holiday windows and bathrooms.
Sam Ash
Musical instrument superstore.
Steinway & Sons
Cheap knockoff pianos. Just kidding.
Takashimaya
Elegant tea, furniture, accessory store. Highly recommended.
The Store at Museum of Arts and Design
Not your average museum store.

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Other Midtown Landmarks

Algonquin Hotel
Where snark was invented.
Alwyn Court Apartments
100-year-old apartment building with awesomely detailed exterior.
American Radiator Building
Massive gold-and-black Art Deco gem looms over Bryant Park.
Bryant Park
Summer movies, winter ice-skating, hook-ups year round.
Carnegie Hall
Stock up on free cough drops in the lobby.
Diamond District
Big rocks abound! Center of the world's diamond industry.
GE Building
The tallest building at Rock Center.
Hearst Tower
It's green! It's mean! It's fit to be seen!
Little Brazil
Small stretch of Brazilian businesses. Gisele not included.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Is there anything these Rockefellers don't do?
New York Public Library
A wonderful Beaux Arts building. Great park behind it. The Map Room rules.
New York Times Building
Renzo Piano's impressive new home for The Gray Lady.
One Bryant Park
New York's third-tallest building: sleek, elegant, and environmentally friendly.
Rockefeller Center
Sculpture, ice skating, and a mall!
St. Patrick's Cathedral
NYC's classic cathedral.
The Debt Clock
How much the US has borrowed -- pennies, really.
The Plaza Hotel
Now anyone can be Eloise with her own Plaza condo.
Times Square
It looks even cooler than it does on TV!
TKTS
Get cheap Broadway tix underneath the cool looking stairs.
Villard House
Killer brownstone palazzos by holy fathers McKim, Mead & White.
Ziegfeld Theatre
Glorious 1969 movie palace. 1,100 seats and red carpeting.

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