The world is your playground.
As I type this newsletter from the exquisite Sarabeth’s eatery in upper west Manhattan I watch the hustle and bustle and ponder the thought that the world has become an amusement park of distraction.
What better way to be distracted than by the sophisticated and seductive city known as New York?
Well that is if your cup of tea, or should I say cup of Joe, is spending time in the megalopolis madness of Manhattan. It has its own defined time – the New York minute, a fast and furious fashion scene a la Sex and the City, mixed in with monumental museums and world class culinary delights to rival Europe.
And that’s the charm of New York- ultra cool and classic at the same time. You can get fresh Mozzarella di Bufala from Paestum, Italy (they FedEx it daily!) at Obika on Madison, an Italian Restaurant that worships the cheese in a sushi-like setting. And then head on down to Henri Bendel’s boutique department store for some retail therapy - make sure you come with an empty suitcase.
I’m in New York on a fact finding mission procuring hidden hotel gems and liaising with local insiders to develop the ultimate travel package. My Manhattan adventure takes me beyond the concrete jungle clichés and into the nook and crannies known only by locals. They tell me. "If you can’t find something within two blocks of where you are, then it doesn’t exist". That’s the great thing about New York, its’ such a concentrated hive of humanity that heightens your senses, from dining at Buddakan where French baroque meets a Shanghai sensibility to seeing Scarlett Johansson in Arthur Miller’s View from a Bridge.
I love New York. No wonder they made a t-shirt out of it!
Anyway, if you’re planning a trip to NYC give one of our resident Travel Connoisseurs a call for advice.