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

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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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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.

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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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Experience the Magic of NYC for the Holidays

Located on the border of Flatiron and Murray Hill, Hotel Chandler is the perfect vantage point from which to explore all the best holiday festivities in NYC this season. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to the world-famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular to an epic countdown to 2014, the holidays in NYC are something you definitely don’t want to miss. Warning: your friends back home are sure to be envious.

The Nutcracker

To top it off, Juni, Hotel Chandler’s seasonally inspired onsite restaurant, is offering a special 5-course NYE menu for $165 a person. The dinner will include a celebratory champagne toast and gift bag. Learn more and view the full menu here.

Holiday Events in NYC

Ice Skating in NYC: The most iconic places for ice skating in the big city are The Rink at Rockefeller Center, the Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park and Winter Village at Bryant Park. Skating runs all the way into March or April so you have plenty of time to perfect your backspins and triple jumps if you feel so inclined.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Easily considered one of the most famous Christmas shows in the city, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates more than eight decades of festive entertainment with Santa, wooden soldiers and the sassy Rockettes. Call 212-247-4777 for tickets.

A Christmas Story, The Musical: You loved the movie. Maybe it’s even part of your annual holiday tradition. This year, why not watch Ralphie take the stage in Broadway grandeur? A Christmas Story, The Musical runs through the end of December. Call 212-465-6741 for tickets.

The Nutcracker:Choose between Balanchine’s production or one by the American Ballet Company. Either way, you won’t be disappointed by this exquisite Christmas treat. Call 212-721-6500 for Balanchine’s version or 718-636-4100 for the American Ballet Company.

Holiday Window Displays: Watch as the windows of the most famous NYC department stores come to life with holiday window displays unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Choose among Barney’s, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor and more.

New Year’s Eve: Make this New Year’s celebration one you will cherish the rest of your lives. There’s simply nothing like watching the ball drop and counting down with the mass of cheery people in the heart of Times Square. Ring in 2014 in epic NY style.

Learn more about Hotel Chandler and how to spend the holidays in style this year.

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Chef’s Table With Shaun Hergatt & Jason Galang

Juni

Fall has arrived in New York, bringing color to the trees and a brisk breeze to the city streets. When cold temperatures bear down on the city, New Yorkers and visitors alike seek warmth in comforting cuisine. Juni – a boutique restaurant at Hotel Chandler – is an ideal destination for those looking for an intimate and comfortable dining experience, thanks to the impassioned and professional cooking of executive chef Shaun Hergatt.

We recently spoke with chef Hergatt about the menus at Juni, asking him to choose the dish that best suits the season. Hergatt’s choice, the Montauk Striper – Nasturtium Emulsion – Mint Oil, is a locally sourced favorite that pairs Long Island’s signature striped bass with an autumnal Nasturtium Emulsion and the bold flavor of mint oil.

“The dish integrates with the artwork in the dining room,” Hergatt said. “And the components of the plate all work to complement each other to create a great flavor profile.”

As for a drink to pair with Juni’s Montauk Striper – look no further than the 2010 Domaine Jean-Pierre Dutron ‘Tres Vieilles Vignes’ Pouilly Fuisse White Burgundy, at the recommendation of sommelier Jason Galang. This crisp white wine, from the Mâconnais district – within the Burgundy wine region of France – is the perfect match for Hergatt’s complex Striper entrée.

“The Pouilly Fuisse is a crisp White Burgundy with bright yellow fruit notes, rich structure, and a clean round mineral finish to go along with the intricate flavors of the Nasturtium emulsion and texture of the striped bass dish.”

Juni – a member of Esquire’s Best of 2013 List – serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and daily breakfast, along with an assortment of fine wines.

Learn more about Juni – visit www.juninyc.com.

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Exciting Summers in the City

You don’t need to stay far from home to find fun this summer! Hotel Chandler’s Exciting Summers in the City Special makes it easy to enjoy an escape to the heart of Manhattan. When you book and stay by September 2nd, we’ll provide breakfast for two, a complimentary ten-trip MetroCard for convenient travel, late check-out, a special welcome amenity, and much more.

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy signature New York City activities and attractions. Hotel Chandler is within a short subway ride of world-class museums, including the Guggenheim, the Met, MoMA, and the International Center of Photography. Make the most of a beautiful summer day by walking over to the Union Square Farmer’s Market or heading down to SoHo to shop the latest trends. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at The Chandler Lounge and wander Central Park’s sunlit paths all afternoon before retiring to sophisticated accommodations.

Located on the border of both the Flatiron District and Murray Hill, Hotel Chandler is within walking distance of some of the city’s top dining and nightlife destinations. The complimentary ten-trip MetroCard included with the Exciting Summers in the City Special makes moving around the city easy, whether you want to catch a show on Broadway, head to the High Line to see the city from a new vantage point, or ride uptown for high-end shopping.

Book Exciting Summers in the City at Hotel Chandler and Enjoy:

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  • Breakfast for 2
  • Ten-trip MetroCard
  • Late check-out (2pm)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Welcome amenity
  • VIP Turndown (with slippers and chocolate)
  • Daily NY Times delivered to room
  • Coffee/tea in the lobby
  • Fitness center access
  • Early check-in based on availability

Hotel Chandler’s Exciting Summers in the City Special is available for stays between May 27 and September 2, 2013. Book this New York City travel package today – whether you explore the city or relax in your room, you’ll be glad you did.

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Sample the Flavors of Restaurant Row

New York City is noted for its diversity, a trait that extends from its residents to its languages to its restaurants. There’s no better place to experience the brilliant variety of dining destinations available in NYC than on Restaurant Row, a collection of unique cuisine from every corner of the world.

New York City Restaurant Row is located on one charming-yet-bustling block in the heart of Midtown West. This section of West 46th Street – between Eighth and Ninth avenues – hosts 17 restaurants, offering an array of options for almost any taste and budget. Located just a brief walk, taxi ride or subway trip away from Hotel Chandler, Restaurant Row is a must-savor experience for any food-lover, whether you are a seasoned culinary explorer or an amateur foodie.

Top Restaurants on Restaurant Row:

Barbetta

321 West 46th Street
(212) 246 9171

If you’re seeking traditional Italian fare, look no further than this historic establishment. Founded in 1906 by the family that still retains ownership, Barbetta is the oldest operating Italian restaurant in New York. The landmark décor and lush garden perfectly augment the authentic cuisine, which focuses on traditional Piemontese dishes.

www.barbettarestaurant.com

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

346 West 46th Street
(212) 245 2030

This restaurant places Old New Orleans in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, serving signature southern dishes such as Blackened Catfish Po’Boys, Andouille Gumbo and Cajun Jambalaya. The cocktail list is equally ambitious, including Bourbon Street Swamp Juice and the smooth, whiskey-based Vieux Carre. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille embodies its namesake with an atmosphere that evokes the fast-paced aura of New Orleans itself.

www.bourbonny.com

Brazil Brazil

328 West 46th Street
(212) 957 4300

One of the newest additions to Restaurant Row NYC, this colorful Brazilian restaurant offers lunch, dinner, prix fix, and raw bar options in its comfortable dining space, cozy bar, and beautiful garden area. Indulge in a traditional Brazilian meat dish from the grill or opt for a flavorful collection of seafood, sautéed and served over saffron rice.

www.brazil46.com

The House of Brews

363 West 46th Street
(212) 245 0551

Beer connoisseurs will feel at home at The House of Brews, one of Midtown’s top specialty beer bars. The pub sources its suds from more than 30 countries and various microbreweries across the US. Rare finds like Chimay Tripple and Speakeasy Double Daddy perfectly complement the menu of flavorful American fare like the Fire Pit Bacon Burger and the Meatloaf Cupcakes.

www.houseofbrewsny.com

Joe Allen

326 West 46th Street
(212) 581 6464

This favorite local hangout is a signature New York City restaurant: comfortable and casual yet swank and stylish. Known for its exceptional lunch menu and pre-theater offerings, Joe Allen serves traditional entrees such as Grilled New York Strip Steak, Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli and Steak Tartare alongside a carefully curated list of fine wines from France, Italy and beyond.

www.joeallenrestaurant.com

Le Rivage

340 West 46th Street
(212) 765 7374

The French countryside comes to the heart of New York City at Le Rivage, where traditional courses like Escargots, Filet Mignon and Veal are available on an expansive prix fix dinner menu alongside fine wines and decadent desserts. Le Rivage is owned and operated by culinary lifer Paul Denamiel, an NYC native and notable local chef.

www.lerivagenyc.com

For dining in closer proximity to your accommodations, Hotel Chandler is set to open a restaurant in mid- to late-spring.

Start your culinary adventure today by making reservations at Hotel Chandler!

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Take NYC by Foot

New York City is a city built for walking tours and with warm weather just around the corner (hopefully!), there are tons of reasons to head out onto the pavement and explore the city by foot. The streets surrounding Hotel Chandler are teeming with upscale clothing boutiques, cozy coffee houses and diverse eateries. Located on a quiet side street off Fifth Avenue, our Flatiron hotel is situated between skyscrapers and brownstones, within easy access of vibrant things to do in Midtown Manhattan.

Walking Tours of NYC:

Dining & Nightlife: Sample the flavors of NYC by visiting local restaurants and bars near the hotel. Taste the fruit of the vines at Wine:30 or gourmet cheeses at Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro. Eat a famous burger at Shake Shack, located in the middle of Madison Square Park, or indulge in porterhouse steak at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

Shopping: Fifth Avenue Shopping is some of the best shopping in the world. Countless designer brands and intimate boutiques line the famed avenues and all are within close proximity of Hotel Chandler. Stop by Saks Fifth Avenue, survey seven floors of merchandise at Macy’s and window shop your way through Midtown.

Entertainment: The best in theatre, music and film are within easy access of our Flatiron District hotel, including the People’s Improv Theater, Shubert Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Culture & Museums: Whether you have a taste for contemporary art or historical artifacts, the museums and libraries surrounding the hotel offer something for everyone. Check out Jackson Pollock at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), or behold a Matisse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A must-see is also the American Museum of Natural History with its iconic dinosaur bone display.

Outdoor Spaces: Despite the city’s prominent skyscrapers and boulevards, NYC is also home to a number of lush parks within close proximity of the hotel. Madison Square Park is just outside the hotel and the others a short walk away: Bryant Park, Gramercy Park and Central Park.

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