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Fall in New York City!

With cooler winds blowing through the Flatiron District and the leaves of Madison Square Park turning yellow to red there is no denying that Fall is upon us once again. Here at Hotel Chandler our team is looking forward to everything that entails in New York and we are excited to share some of our favorite seasonal things around the City! From fall treats, to festivals, to the beginning of the Holiday season we are all looking forward to layering on the sweaters and bringing in the season!

Fall in NYC

The Union Square Greenmarket is bringing out its glorious varities of squashes and gourds but if you are looking for a more indulgent festive treat here are our favorites:

  • Eataly: Stop by for a scoop of gelato—stayed tuned for their fall flavors! Some classic favorites are Nocciola and Fior di Latte!
  • Fat Witch Bakery: This famous brownie specialist features a seasonal pumpkin brownie, a slither of brownie under a thick layer of pumpkin cake. Another great reason to spend some time in Chelsea Market during your trip!

 

If you are staying with us at some point between September and November there is no doubt a festival is happening somewhere within the five boroughs. A few of our favorites are:

  • The Feast of San Gennaro: Running September 11th through 21st this annual Little Italy celebration is filled with religious processions, parades, musical entratainment and more cannolis than you have ever seen!
  • Jazz & Colors Festival: One set list, dozens of jazz bands and beautiful fall leaves. Take a stroll around Central Park and enjoy not only the scenery but the amazing live music.
  • Oktoberfest: This German festival kicks off at the end of September with lively celebrations, authentic food and great brews across the City! Some of our favorite places to celebrate are Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, Pilsener Haus Biergarten, and DGBG!
  • Halloween: This holiday is widely celebrated in the city with the famous Greenwich Village Parade and parties of every theme imaginable. On our to do list is visit one of the many haunted locations of the city. One of our favorites, a haunted dinner spot is “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” located on Barrow Street in the heart of West Village. Not only is the food and décor lovely of this former carriage house but its former resident and our founding father Aaron Burr’s ghost is said to frquent the eatary and is the source of its paranomormal activity –from unexplained flickering lights and misplaced items! If you are traveling with children we recommend walking to Bryant Park for Le Carrousel Trick or Treat (Saturday Octoer 25th) for Halloween fesitivities at our favorite carousel.

Please contact our concierge with any questions regarding other happenings of the season! Call: 646-218-4409 or email concierge@hotelchandler.com .

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Triumph Hotels partners with Streetwise New York!

Hotel Chandler, part of Triumph Hotels, has partnered with Streetwise New York for neighborhood walking tours. Tours of our favorite neighborhoods are available all departing from one of our hotels! Including Midtown from Hotel Iroquois, the Upper West Side from Hotel Belleclaire, Hells Kitchen from Washington Jefferson, Tribeca and Downtown Manhattan from the Cosmopolitan, and the Flatiron/Nomad tour departing from Hotel Chandler! Click here to view the full schedule of the weekly tours.

Streetwise attests that the tours are “perfect for either the seasoned visitor or those looking for an introduction to the city. If it’s your first time in New York you’ll get a crash course on the history of the island and also on how to cross streets, eat, walk, shop, and argue like a New Yorker!”

The major sites will be visited while also discovering secrets seldom known to locals, let alone visitors! The tours will reveal the history and unique character of each neighborhood and will leave you with the comfort of navigating the city as your own.

Highlights of the Flatiron/Nomad tour will include destinations of symbolic landmarks such as the iconic Flatiron building, the Empire State building, and Madison Square Park. This tour will shop gourmet NYC markets including the outdoor Union Square Greenmarket and one of the most authentic Italian markets in America, Eataly. Each tour guide has extensive knowledge about the city and will be happy to highlight information that may be of more interest to you! Whether you are a history buff, here for the shopping, or interested in the New York food scene the tour is sure to please all.

All tours are complimentary to our guests, depart Wednesday through Sunday at 9:30am and are 1.5 hours long. Space is limited so please contact our excellent concierge team to make a reservation during your upcoming visit: (646) 218-4409.

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Learn About Our Big Reviews On Dining & Staying In The Big City

Library Fire PlaceWhere the Flatiron District meets Murray Hill lays a luxury boutique hotel in New York City, Hotel Chandler. Situated amongst the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Penn Station, Hotel Chandler is within minutes of premier shopping, dining, and nightlife. Once you enter you’ll be greeted by the timeless character and high-end décor that provides unparalleled levels of convenience and comfort from the hotel’s many facilities throughout the luxurious guest rooms. Critically-acclaimed for both its indulgent Manhattan accommodations and flavorful entrees at the onsite restaurant, Juni, Hotel Chandler is a desirable destination for business and leisure travelers alike.

Over the past couple of years in a multi-phase, full property renovation millions were invested in guest room re-design, an updated luxurious lobby, meeting spaces equipped with the latest technology, and the opening of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Juni. Hotel Chandler has been called a hidden gem with its special touches such as the complimentary Wi-Fi, a modern fitness center, a sleek bar, and fresh coffee and herbal teas located in the lobby. The Library room, with its big screen TV, books and plush seating acts as an additional space that truly make the Hotel feel like the traveler’s home away from home. The convenience and comfort of Hotel Chandler make it an excellent destination for both the leisure as well as the business minded traveler.

Hotel Chandler is a cozy, functional and sophisticated destination making it one of only 6 hotels in New York City to be part of Small Luxury Hotels. Forbes Travel Guide has rated Hotel Chandler a Recommended Property in 2014 given its top-notch location and historic Beaux-Arts building containing rooms with “elegantly minimal décor and a gracious concierge staff”. The charming rooms along with the customer service minded staff has ranked Hotel Chandler as number 51 out of 448 New York City hotels.

The restaurant at Hotel Chandler, Juni, has also received a lot of buzz in the media for award-winning service and a unique menu focused on seasonally fresh items that are carefully crafted by Chef Shaun Hergatt. Discover a palate that is satisfying, creative and flavorful when you dine at this iconic New York City restaurant. Raved by Manhattan Magazine as one “of the city’s hottest dining spots…focused on produce,” dining at Juni is an iconic Manhattan experience that should not be missed. Dine in an elegantly sophisticated ambiance and indulge in what BlackBook considers to be one of its “New Favorite NYC Restaurants.”

 

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Chef Hergatt’s Tasting Table: What’s New at Juni With Chef Shaun Hergatt

2014-03-27 16.27.36-2Recently featured in Manhattan Magazine, Juni’s Chef Shaun Hergatt is joining the most elite NYC chefs who are serving vegetable-focused and meat-free menus using the freshest seasonable ingredients available.

Currently featured on the menu since the start of spring is the green asparagus dish. The inspiration behind this item is the ultimate idea that spring is the green season. Garnished by fresh garbanzo beans, hon shimeji mushrooms and sylvetta arugula from Chef’s garden, the dish is served with asparagus ice-cream which adds richness and also a different texture and temperature to the experience.

Try this dish and other premier produce as part of the Chefs Tasting Menu at Juni, our onsite 50-seat boutique restaurant!

Read more about Juni here and discover the freshest flavors of the green season in NYC.

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Spring in the City: Exploring New York City’s Outdoor Attractions

Bryant Park

With cherry blossoms blooming in Central Park and tulips glowing from the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue, spring has arrived to New York in full swing. In honor of this splendid season, we have compiled some of the best NYC outdoor attractions to enjoy throughout the city, not far from Hotel Chandler.

Central Park

No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to Central Park. With the trees budding, the birds chirping, and the days getting longer, the time is perfect for a picnic on Sheep Meadow or a row about the pond from Loeb Boathouse. Take a stroll, sunbathe a bit or pick your sport and go for it.

Prospect Park

Easily accessible by subway, bus or car, Prospect Park features miles of nature trails for hiking, birdwatching and experiencing NYC like never before.

Highline

Take a stroll on this elevated railway, which has been transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. The park boasts lush horticulture, various artworks, seasonal food vendors and unique views of the Hudson and NYC skyline. The High Line runs between Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Flea Markets

Some of the best shopping isn’t in the flagship stores you’ll find on Fifth Avenue—it’s at the flea market. During spring, the city bustles with activity at numerous flea markets, including the Hester Street Fair and the Bedford Village Market and Brooklyn Flea.

Movies in the Park

Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine to enjoy outdoor movie screenings in a variety of locations, including rooftops, waterside and parks. From Bryant Park to Brooklyn Bridge Park, cinema sizzles in the city. View a full list of outdoor movie screenings here.

Outdoor Summer Concerts

From Bryant Park and Lincoln Center to Prospect and Central Parks, there are numerous musical performances (many outdoors and many free) throughout the summer. View a full list of concerts here.

Everybody’s experience of New York City is different, so ask our friendly staff memb

ers for their favorite spots in the city and have fun exploring.

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Make Your Next Meeting Memorable with Hotel Chandler

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In a city with a seemingly infinite amount of meeting and event spaces, finding the right meeting space for your business can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Hotel Chandler provides everything that you need to conduct the prfect business meeting.

Don’t spend your meeting in the dark confines of a Manhattan basement. With accommodations to suit up to 30 attendees, our brand new Midtown meeting rooms were designed with your comfort in mind. Conduct a conference for a crowd, or create a space for private prep-work by dividing your meeting room in two.  At Hotel Chandler, our meeting room is equipped with a window to flood your room with natural light and foster creativity.

It gets better. There’s no need to bring cables and cords. The meeting room is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Simply connect your laptop to our LCD projector and watch your presentation come to life on the projection screen. Break out our laser pointer to highlight key topics. Seeking a way to share your presentation with sound? No problem at all! In addition to our projector and screen, guests may use the flat panel HD TV located in the conference room.

Of course, every good business meeting deserves a delicious break in the action.  At Hotel Chandler, we pride ourselves on providing gourmet catering services for all of our meetings and events. Our onsite restaurant Juni is one of the top new restaurants in New York City. Wow your attendees with a selection of impeccable menu items from two Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt. Whether we provide breakfast, lunch or dinner, we promise that your guests will be impressed.

Interested in holding your next meeting in the Midtown meeting room at Hotel Chandler? Learn more about our meeting space and corporate catering options at Hotel Chandler.

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New Dining Destinations: The Hottest Restaurants in NYC, in Flatiron and Beyond.

flatiron

In the city that never sleeps, the local restaurant scene is as dynamic as the city it feeds. Celebrity chefs and undiscovered culinary superstars alike come to New York from all over the globe to test their talents on the city’s discerning diners, making NYC one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations.

We’ve rounded up a list of the hottest new restaurants in NYC, in Flatiron and beyond. From the avant-garde to down-home classics, these dining destinations elevate eating from the everyday to the extraordinary.

 

ABC Cocina

38 E 19th St

New York, NY 10003

(212) 677-2233

Don’t Miss: Guacamole with Ruby Grapefruit Salsa

Following the success of ABC Kitchen across the street, chef (and culinary legend) Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms a culinary team serving a seasonal menu of globally inspired, locally sourced dishes in a mystical and magical dining room. Inspired dishes like Short Rib Tacos with Habanero and Frizzled Onions and guacamoles spiked with seasonal specialties will satisfy any adventurous appetite.

 

Maysville

17 W. 26th St.

New York, NY 10010

(646) 490-8240

Don’t Miss: One of New York’s Most Extensive Whiskey Lists

Belly up to the bar or grab a table at this new hotspot, named after the Kentucky town where Bourbon was born. Living up to their namesake, Maysville offers an incredible cocktail list specializing in Whiskey, Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch from all over the world. A menu celebrating the culinary heritage of the South offers standout dishes such as Grits with Country Ham and Bourbon Aioli, and Smoked Oyster Chowder.

 

Alder

157 Second Ave

New York, NY 10003

(212) 539-1900

Don’t Miss: Carrot Cake Sundae

Avant-garde chef Wylie Dufresne, known for his inventive (and critically-acclaimed) culinary feats at downtown staple WD-50, recently opened Alder in the East Village. A whimsical menu features dishes like Peekytoe Crab Crostini and creative cocktails such as the “Burnt Reynolds.” (Rye, smoked vermouth, and Campari, in case you were wondering.)

 

La Birreria

200 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10010

(212) 937-8910

Don’t Miss: The House-Brewed Cask Ales

Dine under the stars with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline at Birreria, located on the roof of Italian food mecca Eataly. Cask ales are brewed on-site, which also makes this the highest brewery in New York! Start your meal with a selection of the best cheeses and salumi in the city, followed by Italian dishes that perfectly compliment the great selection of beer.

 

Rosette

171 East Broadway

New York, NY 10002

(212) 933-1176

Don’t Miss: Brussels Sprouts with Cashews, Fuji Apple, & Tamari Lime Vinaigrette

This newly-opened hotspot may be located in Chinatown, but the menu is an eclectic mix of New American dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the Ember Roasted Leeks with Huckleberry Jam and a Seared Steak Tartare.

As always, our personable concierge team is on hand to help you plan your stay in New York City.

To learn more about our Flatiron hotel, please visit www.hotelchandler.com.

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Broadway Guide 2014: Best Shows—New and Old—in NYC

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When seeking hotels near Broadway theaters, Hotel Chandler is the perfect home base, located within easy access of all the best entertainment on the stage. Before you buy tickets, review our handy guide to the best shows—new and old—in NYC.

 

 

New Shows – Now Playing

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
800-432-7250
Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow songwriters and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in history.

Pippin

Music Box Theatre
800-432-7250
Back after a 40-year hiatus, Pippin tells the story of a young prince who is on a death-defying journey to find the meaning of his existence. He must choose between a happy, but simple, life or one of glory and risk.

Once

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
800-432-7250
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, telling the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs and helps him rediscover his spirit. The production is based on a film of the same name.

Kinky Boots

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
800-432-7250
With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is an exciting Broadway musical about a struggling shoe factory owner who turns his business around with help from the most unlikely partner.

Classic Shows – Now Playing

Wicked

The Gershwin Theatre
(877) 250-2929
Ever wondered what was really happening in Oz? Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked tells the story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy drops in. Find out how two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Book of Mormon

Eugene O’Neill Theatre
800-432-7250
From the creators of South Park, the Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord has been threatening the local population. It is religious satire that has garnered overwhelmingly positive critical response since its opening in 2011.

Chicago

Ambassador Theatre
212-239-6200
Set during the roaring 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail with red-hot jazz numbers. The musical holds the record for the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Jersey Boys

August Wilson Theatre
800-432-7250
Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in this rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. The show features such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Oh, What a Night” and more.

Upcoming Shows

Of Mice and Men

Longacre Theatre
212-239-6200
Opens April 16, 2014
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in Steinbeck’s classic about two migrant workers, George and the simple-minded Lennie, as they chase the American dream in the midst of the Great Depression.

A Raisin in the Sun

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
(212) 239-6200
Opens April 3, 2014
An American classic, A Raisin in the Sun stars Denzel Washington and takes place in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment. The story chronicles the lives of the members of an African-American family as they face tensions and prejudices while dreaming of greater lives.

Les Miserables 

Imperial Theatre
212-239-6200
Opens March 23, 2014
This acclaimed new production tells the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Miserables is a beloved testament to the human spirit.

Stay just steps from premier entertainment at our Theater District hotel. Learn more here.

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Trending at Juni: Tea Cocktails

Black Lavender Tea (2)Tea time has never been so tantalizing. Whether you prefer Earl Grey or Oolong, either can be creatively combined with spirits in a hypnotic and flavorful concoction. This emerging trend is at the forefront of the craft cocktail movement – and no bar is doing it better than Juni.

Juni’s new Black Tea Lavender cocktail is the alluring result of the Manhattan restaurant s relationship with Vancouver tea distributor Tealeaves. Using quality tea s seasonality, the cocktail is refreshing, novel and delicious.  Along with black tea-infused Cocchi Americano, the drink consists of woodsy Templeton Rye, Dewar’s White Label Scotch, distinctive Cynar, and lavender-infused maple syrup. This ambitious creation blends the relaxing qualities of lavender, tea and maple, with the recognizable tones of Cynar with the classic intertwining flavors of Dewar’s and Templeton.

Juni, voted the Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Esquire, is led by renowned Chef Shaun Hergatt. The restaurant’s philosophy is grounded by nature, featuring high-quality ingredients hand-picked from trusted farms and prepared with minimal manipulation, so as to preserve their natural beauty and flavor on the plate. Juni stands as one of the top cocktail bars in Manhattan, offering a collection of standards alongside innovative creations like the Black Tea Lavender cocktail.

To learn more, please visit www.hotelchandler.com or www.juninyc.com.

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NYC Tips from the Concierge

We realize that a trip to New York City can be daunting. From choosing the right dinner destination to finding the best tickets on shows—figuring out how to make the most of your time here can be a big challenge. That’s why our onsite concierge is happy to provide a rundown of the hottest bars, restaurants and entertainment within walking distance so you can simply enjoy and take it all in.

Empire State Bldg

Dining

Juni
12 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 995-8599
Some of the best dining in Midtown is located right onsite at Juni, voted “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire in 2013. Indulge in Chef Shaun Hergatt’s fresh cuisine via a six- or four-course tasting menu of your own choosing, or enjoy a ten-course prix fixe designed by the chef.

ilili Restaurant
236 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2929
This contemporary Lebanese restaurant in Midtown serves a diverse menu is complemented by a rich wine list of international varietals.

Penelope
159 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-3800
This Murray Hill gem revitalizes Mom’s recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and dessert.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
Try the multi-course tasting menu that focuses on the extraordinary agricultural bounty of New York.

Shake Shack
11 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
Feast of some of the most famous burgers in New York (and try a milkshake too!) at this lively and beloved local eatery.

Drinks

Wine:30
41 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-0197
This intimate wine bar features an amazing thirty wines-by-the glass, as well as a full wine list, sangria, and a curated selection of beer.

230 Fifth
230 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10001
(212) 725-4300
Sip thoughtful cocktails in the surreal rooftop garden and penthouse lounge with views of the glittering city below.

Entertainment

Peoples Improv Theater
123 East 24th Street New York, NY 10010
(212) 563-7488
Established in New York City in 2002 by Ali Farahnakian, the Peoples Improve Theater’s shows include improvisational comedy and sketch comedy.

Magnet Theater
254 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001
(212) 244-8824
Enjoy hilarious, super-inexpensive comedy shows every night.

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-2824
This non-profit National Historic site in the heart of the theatre district features a line-up of everything from world music, jazz, gospel and blues to folk, show tunes, political humor and theatre.

Museums & Landmarks

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100
A trip to New York simply isn’t complete without a visit to the most iconic landmark of them all, the Empire State Building, a 102-story gem that towers more than 1,200 feet above the ground.

Macy’s
151 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4400
This is no normal department store. Macy’s at Herald Square is a legendary ten-level flagship known for its Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Window Displays, and visits with Santa.

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-6741
With room for 20,000 spectators, MSG is nothing less than epic. Watch the Knicks or Rangers in action or catch a concert.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400
Often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world, MoMA’s impressive collection includes works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

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