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Day 1: New York for 3 nights
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Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking****
Featuring a rooftop space with a heated year-round pool, bar and lounge, Gansevoort Meatpacking is located in New York, 350 m from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Guests can enjoy free WiFi access.
Every room includes a flat-screen TV, fully-stocked minibar and Curious Provisions speakers. Private bathrooms come with bathrobes and L’occitane en provence bath amenities.
The on-site restaurant The Chester serves all meals, while cocktails and entertainment are available at B On Top Rooftop.
The hotel is 230 m from High Line Park, while Chelsea Market is 450 m away. The nearest underground station is 14 St-8 Av, 400 m from Gansevoort Meatpacking
3 hour private High Line Tour
The meandering, block-paved streets of Manhattan’s meatpacking district and the old, steel rail tracks of the elevated train that runs overhead provide a glimpse back through time to an era when New York lay at the crossroads of American commerce. Today, with its upscale restaurants and boutiques, the area has reinvented itself as one of the most exciting destinations in the city. How? By the development of that old elevated railway—the High Line—into one of the coolest, most vibrant places in New York. During this 3 hour High Line tour we’ll join an architect or historian for an in-depth look at how the High Line was rescued from the dustbin of history and, by extension, trace the history of New York’s industrial age from the 1840s to the 1940s to today.
Dinner reservation at Buddakan
The surreal atmosphere of this awe-inspiring restaurant in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan
combines the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of 16th century Paris. The menu features fanciful interpretations of Chinese dishes and delights even the most discriminating palates.
3 hour private guided tour Greenwich Village
With its meandering streets, vibrant history, and strong sense of community, Greenwich Village remains distinct within New York City. During this Greenwich Village walking tour, we explore the history of this enigmatic neighborhood, from its Native American roots, through the Dutch tobacco farms and the English estates of « Green Wich, » to the emergence of the Bohemian Village of the ’60s.
Private NYC Cocktail Tour and speakeasies at 2:30 pm
Before, after—and notably, during—Prohibition, New York occupied the center of American cocktail culture. In this 3-hour New York cocktail tour we’ll join a sociologist or spirits journalist as we trace the history of the American cocktail and visit some of the best cocktail bars in NYC from Midtown Manhattan to the Flatiron District, while looking at the larger social themes that have shaped drinking in America. We’ll also consider the aesthetics of the cocktail, including the bars where certain drinks were invented, the barware, and boutique ingredients that created the idea of a cocktail culture. We’ll conclude with a tasting presided over by one of New York City’s most accomplished bartenders.
Our adventure begins with an old school saloon referred to by the New York Times as « the Vatican of saloons », where we’ll get an immediate feel for old New York and its drinking culture. From there, we’ll proceed to an iconic hotel bar, where we’ll discuss the rise of the great American hotel bars in the early 20th century, which served as incubators for some the world’s most famous cocktails. We’ll learn quickly that fact and fiction elide frequently in cocktail history. The St. Regis’s King Cole Bar, for instance, claims that their French bartender Fernand Petiot invented the Red Snapper, known today as the Bloody Mary, in 1934. But Harry’s New York Bar, in Paris, also claims inventing the drink. We’ll look at how these claims and counterclaims build the idea of the cocktail over time.
Our walk will continue down Fifth Avenue where we may visit one of New York’s most famous and upscale speakeasies. We’ll talk about the rise and development of this illicit drinking establishment during Prohibition. If we have time and there’s interest, we may visit a second vintage bar, dating from the 1920s but named for the 1890s, a brilliant illustration of how nostalgia and a sense of history has informed cocktail making and consuming at critical junctures of the story.
At this point, we’ll take the subway downtown, to a part of the city that straddles two eras of cocktail culture: the Flatiron district, where Jerry Thomas, one of history’s most famous bartenders, did his some of his best drink slinging. (We’ll point out a former building that housed one of his bars.) Here we will continue our discussion of the past and the history of cocktails, but also look at the renaissance and revival of classical drinks in the city today. We may also visit a major cocktail supply store—run by one of the most important cocktail historians and enthusiasts in New York, we’ll peruse his library and museum, which stocks rare and antique cocktail books and barware.
Finally, with the story of the cocktail firmly laid out, we’ll retire to one of the revival speakeasies nearby for a cocktail tasting with a contemporary mixologist. Here, our guide will annotate our experience, ordering a mix of unusual but historically accurate cocktails, while we enjoy the ambiance of one of New York’s most esteemed drinking establishments. It will be the experiential cap to a very rich exploration of the American cocktail through history.
Dinner reservation at Cagen
Toshio Tomita, the chef and owner of Cagen worked for 16 years for Nobu Matsuhisa.
This a very exclusive and unique experience that will transport you to Tokyo!
3 hour Private Brooklyn walking tour
At once intensely historical and painfully cutting-edge, Brooklyn is a world apart: home to some of the city’s oldest brownstone buildings, and birthplace of the hipster. Of all the ways to explore Brooklyn, venturing out on foot is among the best option for locals and visitors alike. In this Brooklyn tour, we’ll move beyond Manhattan, walking the Brooklyn Bridge to paint a portrait of the social and economic history, the architecture, and the dynamic cultural makeup of New York’s most fascinating borough.
Beginning on Manhattan, and walking across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll approach New York’s largest borough by looking at its development during the 19th century, when it exploded both commercially and culturally. Our historian-led walk focuses strongly on the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights—the historic area directly across from lower Manhattan—and the surrounding neighborhoods, shifting gears from architectural and social history to contemporary politics, art, culture, food, and ethnic identity.
As this Brooklyn tour continues, we’ll consider the development of Brooklyn Heights in the 19th century as a refuge for genteel families from the squalor of Manhattan Island. Looking closely at the Federal-style brownstones, clapboard houses, and mews along lush, tree-lined streets, we’ll trace the development of a distinct Brooklyn character over the centuries and consider such figures as Carson McCullers, one of the Heights’ many resident authors who wrote how, « it is strange in New York to find yourself living in a neighborhood. »
Our Brooklyn tour will also include a stroll through DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a former warehouse district that has become a trendy gallery zone. Here we’ll walk some of the docks and waterfront to trace the origins of Brooklyn as a maritime port and discuss the importance of trade and commerce to the city until the 1970s when larger, deep water ports in New Jersey surpassed the shallower ones in the East River. Our stroll might also take us along the Promenade, to visit Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, a famous stop on the Underground Railroad.
Have a late lunch at Momofuku by David Chang
Their buns and ramen are just wonderful!
Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Alphabet City area on own and explore vintage shops, such as Angela’s Vintage Boutique, AuH20, L Train Vintage or Mr Throw Back
Simply relax by the pool at your hotel
Dinner reservation at Ernesto’s
Basque-inspired restaurant on the Lower East Side, the tapas are just incredible and the wine and cocktail list is impressive. This is a happy place!
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107-27 71st Avenue, Suite 403
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