New York


From Andrew Harper

Manhattan's electric magnitude needs little introduction, and perhaps even less publicity, but while the rest of New York State often lies quietly in the metropolis' shadow, it is full of rewards for the traveler who seeks them, from summertime horse racing in Saratoga Springs to the painterly panoramas of the Hudson Valley.

South of the city, Long Island's many charms include wineries, lighthouses, golden-sand beaches and the elite summer homes of the Hamptons. Follow the Hudson River north past the Bronx and Yonkers, and the scene changes quickly, to pastoral vistas with charming waterfront towns, grand historic estates, spectacular foliage and a bevy of antique and art dealers. Farther upstate, the mountainous Adirondack region contains thousands of lakes and trails, and a wealth of luxury resorts like The Point, formerly owned by the Rockefeller family, located on a serene wooded peninsula of Upper Saranac Lake. Several of New York's smaller cities are worth day trips or more, from Ithaca, home to Cornell University as well as a thriving restaurant and theater scene, to Buffalo, where 19th-century magnates left a rich architectural infrastructure.


All recommended hotels in New York

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The Whiteface Lodge
The Whiteface Lodge

Hotel/residence club in a handsome “Great Camp” post-and-beam building on Lake Placid. The striking interior features twig-style furniture and polished slate floors.

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Trump SoHo
Trump SoHo

Hospitable and extremely well-run 391-room hotel occupying the top 26 floors of 46-story tower at the junction of Spring and Varick streets, offering spectacular views. 

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All recommended restaurants in New York

‘21’ Club

If one establishment says “New York,” this is it. Set on an otherwise undistinguished block west of Fifth Avenue, its brownstone exterior is bedecked with a derby’s worth of colorful jockey figurines. Inside is the legendary bar/ restaurant itself, with its ceiling festooned with corporate “toys” — trucks, planes, trains, cars — bestowed by patrons, a long curved bar and red-checked tablecloths. The food here and in the upstairs dining room is a mix of old favorites, such as the ‘21’ Caesar salad and the beloved chicken hash, and the more contemporary, such as flaxseed-crusted steelhead and crushed potatoes with horseradish, asparagus and lemon vinaigrette; or grilled filet mignon with morels and a green peppercorn sauce. The wine cellar contains more than 1,300 selections, and is worth visiting to see how it was concealed from the law during Prohibition.

21 West 52nd Street
New York City, NY 10103
United States
$80. Three-course menu, $35