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Archer's Favorite Things to Do In Midtown + New York City

  • . Fergus McCaffrey Gallery

    With a focus on post-war Japanese artists, along with select contemporary European and American artists, the internationally recognized Fergus McCaffrey also highlights new, influential Western artists and their unrepresented work. In addition to its primary 10,000-square-foot New York City gallery, locations include Tokyo and St. Barth.

  • . David Zwirner Gallery

    As cool as the breeze off of the nearby Hudson River, these 19th and 20th Street galleries are a must for fans of contemporary art. One of the top art dealers in the world, the David Zwirner Gallery features the work of 50+ international, progressive artists and traveling exhibitions from across the world.

  • . Flatiron Building

    It may never have been the city’s tallest building, but it's certainly iconic. A National Historic Landmark over a century old, it’s only a short stroll to this famous 22-story triangular skyscraper, which derives its name from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

  • . Alwyn Court

    This is far from your typical 12-story apartment building. With its intricate terra-cotta-decorated exterior and a beautiful interior courtyard, this structure built in the early 1900s was billed as “City Homes for Those With Country Houses” to lure wealthy tenants to live in the city. 

  • . Cooper Union

    Founded in 1859, this small, private, higher-learning institution with colleges of architecture, art and engineering showcases buildings for architecture lovers — one building in particular. It’s easy to spot and fall in love with the powerful nine-story, 175,000-square-foot unconventional “green” structure that houses the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

  • . One World Trade Center

    Towering over everything at a symbolic 1,776 feet and 104 stories high, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building has become a gorgeous and historic addition to the city’s skyline. To get the full experience and hear the “voices” of the men and women who built it, purchase tickets to the breathtaking 102nd floor — One World Observatory. 

  • . Jazz at Lincoln Center

    The name of it says it all. The music is first-rate and the views over 57th and Central Park are gorgeous. Enjoy year-round performances that will assuredly have you tapping your toes to the improvised sounds from some of the best musicians in the world.

  • . Le Poisson Rouge

    A cool-groove nightclub with a variety of artists, cover bands and DJs known to hit the stage, this multimedia cabaret is one of the top music venues in the city. Relax on a comfortable leather couch, get a table or show off your dance moves — the venue is designed to “cultivate the relationship between art and revelry.” 

  • . Bryant Park Grill

    This park-side grill is a classic favorite. Business or pleasure, lunch or dinner — it’s ideal for all occasions and an easy walk from Archer. Get a table by a window and you’re in for a real treat. 

  • . Volare

    This is the local Italian treasure you’ve been seeking. Volare’s sub-street-level dining room has served generous and delectable dishes since the ’70s, and patrons revel in its old-school charm and familial service. You want something not on the menu? Just ask — the Gamberoni fra Diavolo may not be listed but they’ll whip it up, to your delight. Highly recommended: Tortellini alla Vodka, Bistecca Danielle (perhaps the city’s best sirloin) and the widely popular Ossobuco con Risotto.  

    Photo courtesy of Volare.

  • . Babbo Ristorante

    Close sources would say it's the best Italian restaurant in NYC for an intimate dining experience. Take advantage of the pasta or traditional tasting menu (including the wine pairings)  — great for date night.

  • . Ovest Pizzoteca

    Sit beneath The High Line in West Chelsea and savor a Naples-style wood and brick oven pizza, homemade pasta or authentic panini crafted from the owner’s secret dough recipe. Open daily from noon to midnight, you’ll love this local industrial gem.

  • . Gabriel Kreuther

    A stunning new restaurant just opened by master chef Gabriel Kreuther, serving up a blend of Alsatian and New York flavors that have garnered rave reviews. It's an easy walk from Archer.

  • . Ilili

    Inspired Mediterranean cuisine is a perfect description. At Ilili, which means “tell me” in Lebanese, each dish has its own story from traditional recipes from Lebanon. It comes highly recommended for a distinctly modern Mediterranean small-plate experience.

  • . Beauty & Essex

    Walk through the deceptive storefront doors of an old pawnshop and enter a trendy gem of a restaurant. Get the clients, girls, guys, a date — whomever — and enjoy sophisticated tapas and cool cocktails. No trip is complete without a visit to the WC for a sip of champagne.

  • . Momofuku Milk Bar

    Like milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes, the cereal milk (served in a bottle or milkshake or in soft-serve form) is the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. And so is the crack pie — the compost cookie and b’day truffles. This award-winning bakery is the brainchild of chef and owner Christina Tosi.

  • . NoMad Bar

    A great bar that serves superb food and premium cocktails, the NoMad Bar begs you to do more than drink. The masculine, bilevel drinking den is outfitted with a soaring mirrored bar, plump leather booths and a working fireplace. As you sit back cozy and warm, you can peruse the list of premium drinks and the infamous "reserve cocktails.”  

  • . Keens Steakhouse

    After opening the heavy wooden door, you are transported into the not-so-distant past: dim lights, wood-paneling and turn-of-the-century décor. Keens (no apostrophe) started collecting single malt scotch in the 1980s. Now, the collection has grown to more than 300 labels, many of which are from distilleries no longer in operation. Don't worry about the pretense surrounding Scotch; the staff is happy to help you navigate the extensive menu.  

  • . Long Island Aquarium

    Reminiscent of the Lost City of Atlantis, Long Island Aquarium features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in the Northern Hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, sea lion shows, African penguins, marmosets, a myriad of turtle species, various touch tanks and 100+ exhibits, including white-nosed coatis and a giant Pacific octopus. Such interactive experiences as Bug Encounter, Painting With Pinnipeds and Pirate Snorkel Adventure abound. 

    Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium.

  • . Brooklyn Bridge

    Take a little time to walk this National Historic Landmark at any hour of the day. It’s free, fun and well worth the trek. Stroll over the East River on the bridge connecting the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs and take some incredible photos, especially at sunset.

  • . The High Line

    Just under 1 1/2 miles long, this is a phenomenal place in Chelsea for some fresh air and conversation. The landscape architecture is memorable with plantings carefully selected — some with special scents. It’s a great way to spend a few hours enjoying New York.

  • . Robbie & Co.

    Robbie & Co. carries all private-label Italian menswear and makes custom shirts, suits and tuxedos with the best fabrics around. A private VIP lounge with a private bar, TV, billiards and darts offers a memorable fitting experience for groomsmen fitting parties and private corporate fittings. Most alterations can be completed the same day, and tailored clothes can be delivered to Manhattan residences or offices. 

    Photo courtesy of Robbie & Co. Men’s Shop.

  • . East Coast Trimming

    The boutiquelike trim shop East Coast Trimming lives in Manhattan’s Garment District. The costumer’s dream shop is home to the longtime-lauded Hyman Hendler Ribbon and has an enormous variety of top-quality inventory, including bridal lace and trim, beads, rhinestones, appliques, buttons, thread, handmade headpieces, silk flowers, snaps and French ribbons.

    Photo courtesy of East Coast Trimming.

  • . Manhattan Sideways

    The roads less traveled will lead you to your new favorite spot. Discover small businesses, hidden gems and local treats from founder and creator Betsy Polivy. Anything you’re looking to do, and for whatever occasion, she's found it and is happy to share.

  • . Murray's Cheese Shop

    Cheese galore! The city’s second-to-none charcuterie and cheese shop was founded in 1940 and has become a destination for food lovers from around the world. Murray’s ships cheese nationwide — just the incentive to upgrade the appetizers for your next party back home.

  • . The Cloisters

    Overlooking the Hudson River, this landmark and branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art transports visitors to medieval Europe. Through art, architecture and gardens, enjoy the journey and explore this treasure before returning to modern-day Manhattan.

  • . ABC Carpet & Home

    By far, ABC is the most creative and eclectic furniture store around. You don’t even need to be in the market for anything; it's a fun place to check out, walk around, get ideas and enjoy people watching. Be sure to eat at either ABC Cocina or ABC Kitchen while you’re there.

  • . American Museum of Natural History

    The largest natural history museum in the world features 45 permanent exhibition halls within approximately 25 interconnected buildings. This iconic exploration place is simply amazing with so much to see. It's great for the whole family.

  • . Taboon

    A taboon is a domed oven and both the namesake and cornerstone of this well-loved "Middleterranean" restaurant on a quiet corner in Hell’s Kitchen. The menu (inspired by both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors) features such classics as freshly baked focaccia, branzino and lamb kebabs. 

  • . The Flatiron Room

    More than 1,000 whiskeys — rare and not — educated whiskey guides to help navigate the menu, lots of leather seating, a back-then ambiance, sumptuous bites and large plates, plus music that enhances rather than overpowers the taste experience. This is the world-renowned Flatiron Room. Sign up for a spirits class, “drink less & taste more” via the BottleKeep program and secure a reservation for a sensory adventure to remember.

    Photo by Frank Wu, courtesy of The Flatiron Room.

  • . Chelsea Flea Market

    Next to some of New York's most iconic attractions — the Flatiron Building, Eataly, Madison Square Park (worth a visit in their own rights) — Chelsea Flea Market houses a massive collection of antiques, collectibles, ephemera, decorative arts, vintage clothing and jewelry. You'll be hard-pressed to leave without a few new hidden gems of your own. 

  • . Culture Espresso

    Purists will love Archer’s best of New York and coffee shop neighbor. Culture Espresso is one of those rare, independent, locally owned shops serving up only the freshest beans, rotating where they source those beans and monitoring every aspect of the brewing process for the perfect cup of coffee every time. No trip to Culture is complete without one of their impossibly gooey, ever-warm, chocolate chip cookies. 

  • . abcV

    Clean lines and bright whites, meet pops of color and exposed concrete in the newest of chef Jean-Georges' abc empire. The pronounced V stands for the all-vegetarian and vegan menu. Serving a bevy of morning shakes, dosas, toasts and chia bowls, the menu is packed full of flavor.

  • . Maison Kayser

    Eric Kayser and his team opened their first shop in Paris in 1996. Since then, the master boulangerie has opened 100 more across the world. Serving the best and most authentic French breads in the city, stop in for a croissant, pain au chocolat or any of a dozen small French breakfast items. Merveilleux.

  • . Buvette

    In French, buvette describes a quiet and peaceful place to eat or drink, regardless of the hour. The menu and style of this chic eatery provide just that. Whether stopping in for your ritualistic morning espresso, enjoying a leisurely lunch or imbibing with friends or co-workers after a long day, Buvette has you covered in style — French style.

  • . Mikey Likes It

    What do you get when you take all-natural ice cream and scoop on a heavy dose of pop culture? Mikey Likes It. Serving up such reimagined favorites as Ice Ice Baby and colorful concoctions as the Parliament Funkadelic, you might not get all the references, but you will be tempted to try all the flavors.

  • . Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

    Your classic burger bar's been elevated for the Instagram age. Bring your camera and order one of its internet-famous "CrazyShakes." These picturesque creations are one of a kind. Difficult to describe, they're something you have to see to believe.

  • . McSorley's Old Ale House

    You have two options: dark beer and light beer. That’s it, and the beer is as good as the history of the establishment. The oldest Irish tavern in New York City has bragging rights for beer lovers everywhere.

  • . Bronx Zoo

    The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, the Bronx Zoo welcomes 2.15 million visitors every year. The park is known globally for its wide array of large and diverse species. Splurge for the Wild Asia Monorail, a 2.6 km ride that offers views of animals impossible to see otherwise. 

  • . Via Carota

    Beloved chefs Jodi Williams and Rita Sodi transport 17th-century Florence tradition and recipes to this West Village gastroteca. With an ever-changing and always-fresh menu, snack-size dishes of lightly fried artichokes, plates of grilled octopus and bowls of rich, handmade pastas, you can expect a storied Italian feast. No reservations are necessary, but the crusty bread alone is worth the wait.

  • . Central Park

    Central Park, in all its 843 splendid acres, is not to be missed. Perfect for first-time visitors, a pedicab tour offers a way for you to see much of the park without having to worry about navigating. The colorful drivers/tour guides can take you past all the park’s main attractions (there are a lot) in one- to four-hour rides. Sit back and enjoy the experience, knowing that your driver has an encyclopedic knowledge of the most Instagram-worthy spots. If you’ve been before, try The North Woods Tour. Waterfalls, wooden bridges, and picture-perfect ponds make this a woodsy retreat impossible to find anywhere else in the city. 

  • . Dominique Ansel Bakery

    The Cronut® is still the most virally discussed dessert of all time; however, James Beard Award-winning chef Ansel won’t let innovation die. This industry-pushing bakery never rests, recently responsible for the cookie shot, (espresso or milk served inside an edible cookie shot glass) and the Gingerbread Pinecone (just like it sounds, a feat of baking marvel — and delicious). Chef Ansel has been termed “the Willy Wonka of New York.”

  • . John's of Bleecker Street

    Walking into John’s is like walking into a museum of the 1930s. You’ll see well-used wooden booths, faded murals and an art deco floor worn by countless visitors. But, before you see the décor of the “original” John’s, you’ll smell the magic. Simmering tomatoes, charcoal-crisped crust and roasted garlic will instantly set your stomach growling. This is iconic NYC pizza. Bring a friend and order the enormous medium; they don’t sell slices. 

  • . Circle Line Landmarks Cruise

    Promising stunning photo ops of NYC’s most iconic landmarks, this 1.5-hour cruise gets you within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and a slew of midtown and lower Manhattan’s most famous sites: Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street, just to name a few. Kid-friendly with language app.

  • . Ladurée

    The Ladurée family was the first to combine the community of a Parisian café with the delicacies of a French patisserie — and the idea was well-received. Now, 150 years later, Ladurée is on six continents and sells 15,000 of its iconic macarons every day. Now a global luxury brand, visiting one of the dozens of “houses” all over the world instantly delivers an air of French class, even if you’re 3,600 miles from Paris.

  • . Top of the Rock® Observation Deck

    The Top of the Rock® Observation Deck is famous for its sweeping, panoramic views of midtown and unobstructed views of Central Park. It’s a 70th-floor photo op you won’t want to miss. Timed tickets make it easy to fit this in to your itinerary.

  • . Employees Only

    This inimitable speakeasy in the heart of the West Village is hallowed ground for all things cocktail. Serving flawless drinks in a beautiful space, all without pretense, Employees Only is frequently listed as one of the best cocktails bars in the world. Expect a wait and a price worthy of these unique creations. Sitting at the bar watching the bartenders sling drinks undoubtedly gives a new perspective on the artistry of a mixed drink. 

  • . Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

    For fresh-squeezed, fresh-baked key lime pies worth shouting about, visit Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie and get ready to get hooked. The baking facility in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood is right by the pier and a park — ideal for relaxing and enjoying your sweet-tart treat. Like to try something different? Go for one the Swingles™ — four tasty variations of chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick — that are mobile and marvelous. Or pick up a pie to go at the Dekalb Market Hall location.

  • . Stone Street Tavern

    In the heart of the financial district lies a gastro pub (named in honor of being the first paved street in New York City) that the locals love. It’s very lively and fun and in a busy area full of history. Stone Street is closed to traffic, so if the weather is nice, sit outside and enjoy a drink in good company.

  • . Farm.One

    Leave it to New Yorkers to develop a unique indoor farm in Manhattan that uses technology to supply rare flavors to chefs in the city. With an aim to build the widest selection of edible herbs and greens in the world, Farm.One focuses on staying “hyper-local” while improving the flavor, texture and color of its unusual produce. A half-hour bike ride from most NYC eateries, this creative concept drastically reduces food transportation, storage and waste while providing über-fresh products that benefit both the chefs and their patrons. Farm.One has a special perk for Archer guests — ask our concierge.

  • . Piermont, NY

    The village of Piermont is an idyllic day trip, just a short drive from the city’s hustle and bustle. Quaint shops, local eats and a Hudson riverfront setting are at the foot of the Tallman Mountains.

  • . Color Factory

    Debuting in San Francisco in 2017, Color Factory brings its unique celebration of color and creativity to NYC in a 20,000-square-foot space. The collaborative interactive exhibit includes work of artists, illustrators, designers and makers of engaging color stories connected to the city. A visit typically takes an hour, and guests leave with a complimentary Color Map that guides them through nearby neighborhoods for even more color surprises.

    Photo courtesy of Color Factory.

  • . Bear Mountain State Park

    On the west bank of the Hudson River, this beautiful park is great for outdoor adventurers and fair-weather wanderers alike. The park has lake and river access, a large playing field, a swimming pool, a wintertime ice rink, hiking, biking and cross-country opportunities and a merry-go-round with 42 hand-carved seats. The leashed-dog-friendly park has boat rentals, a museum, a gift shop and several lodges for longer park visits.

    Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

  • . Broadway in Bryant Park

    On the west bank of the Hudson River, this beautiful park is great for outdoor adventurers and fair-weather wanderers alike. The park has lake and river access, a large playing field, a swimming pool, a wintertime ice rink, hiking, biking and cross-country opportunities and a merry-go-round with 42 hand-carved seats. The leashed-dog-friendly park has boat rentals, a museum, a gift shop and several lodges for longer park visits. 

    Broadway in Bryant Park, New York, August 2017 — photo by John Gillespie.

  • . Turnstyle

    TurnStyle reimagines and repurposes two blocks of abandoned subway tunnel under Columbus Circle from 57th Street and 8th Avenue to 59th Street into a bustling shopping center. Sample the small-batch artisanal food market, Farm to People, or buy a clever canvas tote from Mulberry and Grand. With dozens of eateries and shops, you’ll leave wondering what else is hidden underground.

  • . The Shops at Hudson Yards

    Along with all the things to see and do at Hudson Yards, shopping is a favorite of locals and travelers alike. More than 100 flagship, specialty and luxury stores include Madewell, Neiman Marcus, Stuart Weitzman, Cremieux, Tumi, Cartier, H&M, The Conservatory, Kiehl’s, Sally Hershberger HY Salon, Batch, 3DEN, Milk & Honey Babies, Lovepop and Muji.

  • . Salon 94 Freemans Alley

    This small gallery on a charming lane on New York's Lower East Side — a satellite gallery to its famous flagship on 94th Street — ushers you into a world of photographers, painters and conceptual artists, both new and old. Less than a decade old, the appointment-only venue offers exciting, edgy shows.

  • . Blade

    "Fly the future today" with BLADE — a customizable travel service specializing in urban air mobility. You can soar over traffic to the airport in as little as five minutes or extend your trip with flights to Nantucket or the Hamptons. Wherever your destination, you'll arrive refreshed and ready to go, having gained an entirely new perspective.

  • . Tonchin

    “Dekitate” — just made it for you — fuels the kitchen’s fire at Tonchin New York. This favorite ramen restaurant focuses on fresh, medium-thick, curly noodles, soups and toppings, complimented with signature cocktails, sake and barrel-aged Japanese whiskey. A must-try: Tonchin Classic Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen made with homemade noodles, Tokyo tonkotsu broth, roasted pork, scallion, menma and seaweed.

  • . Matto

    With more than 10 locations throughout Manhattan, Matto is “the espresso bar that aims to change the world.” How? By serving top-quality espresso, cappuccinos and lattes, buttery, fresh-baked pastries, sandwiches, snacks and juices — for $2 each. Why should your cortado and banana walnut loaf break the bank? They shouldn’t, and they don’t, at Matto.

    Midtown Visit Website 212.244.4281

  • . Bryant Park Fitness Classes

    It doesn’t get more New York than this. Reserve your spot and join a mass modern dance, prenatal yoga or tai chi session on Bryant Park’s sprawling green space. Mid-May through Mid-September, classes are held free of charge. Check the Bryant Park calendar for dates and times.

  • . Best Bagel & Coffee

    Hand-rolled, crispy-crusted, ever-fresh bagels — all within walking distance of Archer. That's all the recommendation you need.