The Insiders’ Guide to the World’s Greatest Cities: New York City

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The Brooklyn Bridge.

City Guide: New York City

Virtuoso travel advisors share their can’t-miss highlights in NYC.

Fresh pasta at The Todd English Food Hall.
Jane's Carousel.

“It’s the vibrant energy and the people that make New York one of the world’s greatest cities,” says NYC-based Virtuoso travel advisor Erina Pindar. “New Yorkers are some of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met – just don’t walk too slowly in front of them on the sidewalk.”
WHEN TO GO: “I love fall, when the temperature is mild, days are still long, and the city glows, thanks to the gold- and rust-colored leaves covering Central Park,” Pindar says.
MUST-DO: Pindar’s hands-down pick: a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. “You can finish the walk with a scoop at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or a romantic dinner at The River Café.”
DIG IN: In a dining scene that moves faster than an express N train, classic establishments are solid choices. “If you want an amazing dining experience at a place that never disappoints, Le Bernardin in Midtown is the one,” says Peter Rubin, a Virtuoso travel advisor from Atlanta. “My runner-up: A lovely meal at the exceptional Café Boulud.”
TAKE A PASS: “Skip the Empire State Building and head over to One World Observatory instead to see Manhattan from a different perspective,” suggests Pindar. “Follow that up by visiting the Oculus, NYC’s newest transportation hub and luxe shopping center.”
THE LATEST CRAZE: “The city is all about food halls right now,” Rubin says. “I’d spend a day hopping among them all: Mario Batali’s Eataly, The Todd English Food Hall, Chelsea Market, Union Fare, and Bowery Market.” 
PRO TIP:Jane’s Carousel [in Brooklyn Bridge Park] is one of my favorite spots in the city,” Pindar says. “Built in 1922, it was recently restored by artist Jane Walentas. It sits inside a glass pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.”
STAY: A recent $120 million overhaul to Midtown’s Four Seasons Hotel New York added picture windows, walk-in closets, and bathrooms with soaking tubs to the property’s 368 studios and suites. Virtuoso amenities include breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit. 
More: The Insiders' Guide to the World’s Greatest Cities

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