Monocle Concierge / Your Questions Answered
Biting the Big Apple
The Concierge will surely draw many jealous looks from all the non-curmudgeons among you when we say that we’ve been in New York City this week. It’s New Year’s Eve in the city that never sleeps and we can barely contain our excitement. If you’re heading somewhere and would like some top tips for where to eat, drink and stay, click here. We will answer one question each week.
The Monocle life is a good life indeed. Any recommendations for a burnt-out professional wanting to escape the tropics of Singapore for New York City in the new year? I’m looking for 10 days of slow food, culture and balconies with a view in one of the most energetic cities in the world to reignite that jaded soul.
If you’re looking to escape the tropical heat, New York in the winter will indeed offer respite. You may catch the first big snowfall of the season, an experience that even the most jaded New Yorkers never tire of. And even if it’s a blizzard, rest assured that nothing brings this city to a halt – New York’s energy is bottomless, and you’ll always find locals out and about.
As you know, there’s certainly nothing slow about New York, but you will find superb restaurants to sometimes linger a little longer. For a snug meal, go to The Commerce Inn in the West Village, for braised oxtail and spoon bread; or Koloman, the new Viennese-Parisian restaurant in NoMad, for cheese soufflé and beef tenderloin. Or amble over the bridge into Brooklyn to the neighbourhood joint Gus’s Chop House for a slow Sunday roast of pork shoulder and leeks à la Wedge.
On a particularly chilly day, New York’s many museums are ideal places to get lost indoors. Quintessential spots like MoMA, The Metropolitan and Guggenheim are always must-sees. But also check out smaller independent art spaces like The Gallery and 55 Walker. In the evenings, catch a surprise stand-up show by some of the country’s top comedians at the Comedy Cellar on MacDougal Street or settle in for a night of jazz, champagne and caviar at the intimate Special Club down the road.
To get the best views of New York, you have to go up. Manhatta, a glass-encased bar in Tribeca, has 360-degree views of the city and good cocktails – order the Manhatta(n). As does the nearby Overstory, a plush retro bar on the 64th floor. It’s here where you’ll find your balcony – even though it’s not properly open during the winter, you can ask to pop your head out and brave the outdoors for a minute, knowing that a very good Gyokuro Martini awaits inside.