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Escape to New York: Incredible experiences and adventures await

Discover the finer side of New York City, from one-of-a-kind experiences and distinguished dining to captivating culture.

By Paul Oswell | November 1, 2023

New York is a city that rarely needs an introduction, especially during the holidays. With near-boundless avenues for exploration, festive decorations and plenty of ways to indulge in high-end experiences and dining, it’s a destination of true wonder. Here are our suggestions for the best of the best in New York City, where you’ll find:

  • Rich cultural moments: Find your ultimate New York moment by attending world-class art exhibitions and premier Broadway shows

  • Distinguished dining: Exceptional dining rooms abound with many of the world’s best chefs, and menus that showcase the bounty of the season

  • Exclusive experiences: Enjoy private tours of the city’s top-notch museums, theaters and more

Interior of lobby at Conrad NY Midtown
Stunning artwork can be found in museums throughout the city, and in the comfort of Conrad New York Midtown.

Captivating culture

When New York hosts cultural events, the world watches. The city itself is often the biggest star of the show, with the gleaming towers of its instantly recognizable skyline. It’s hard to imagine A-list events like the Met Gala taking place anywhere else. While you may not be invited to the star-studded event itself, you can still be treated like an honored guest with a private viewing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Explore incredible art collections like a true VIP with a private hour-long tour led by a trained museum guide for one of the most personalized cultural experiences available.

While attending a Broadway musical or play can be a glitzy event in its own right, several theaters and shows also offer private experiences. These range from backstage tours and meet-and-greets to dinners with the stars, so be sure to check with your hotel concierge to see what’s available.

Location is everything when you’re looking for easy access to cultural highlights. The elegant surroundings of Conrad New York Midtown are within walking distance from the Broadway Theater District, MoMA and Central Park, and your concierge can arrange a multitude of private experiences to further personalize your stay. You’ll also find exquisite artwork within the hotel itself. In collaboration with art consultants, the hotel features a curated art collection, which includes dozens of unique pieces from movements such as cubism, contemporary art and pop art.

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Savor elevated dining in elegant surroundings at Dabble at Conrad New York Midtown.

A feast for the senses

The Big Apple is an unparalleled destination for fine dining with 69 Michelin-starred restaurants and another 106 eateries recognized with the acclaimed Bib Gourmand status. For the most discerning palates, the tasting menus and chefs’ dinners at Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Per Se and Masa — the city’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurants — are all exceptional culinary experiences, displaying the highest levels of service, quality and innovation.

To explore some of the city’s finer epicurean elements beyond the Michelin-recognized restaurants, sign up for a champagne class at Flûte Bar where, each month, experts present themed tastings to small private groups.

Italian influences permeate the menu at Dabble, the flagship restaurant at Conrad New York Midtown, where you can savor elevated offerings such as fig crostini and scallop risotto. Pizza aficionados won’t be disappointed with the offerings at ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant at ​​Conrad New York Downtown, where the skilled chefs also serve up tempting dishes of octopus carpaccio or pink peppercorn-seared tuna.

Two Women Ice Skating
Winter activities abound during the holiday season.

Magical memories

With so many unique places to go, holiday-themed events to enjoy and exclusive experiences that are only possible here, the phrase “Only in New York” is almost cliché, but it exists for a reason. Gaze upon internationally renowned artwork at the Museum of Modern Art or enjoy cocktails underneath the massive blue whale that’s suspended midair at the American Museum of Natural History. Get in the holiday spirit by booking the Polar Lounge at Winter Village at Bryant Park to secure an intimate private space to entertain friends after shopping and ice skating. Or take it all in from above by booking the Empire State Building’s enhanced observatory experience, including a limited number of tickets for the exclusive sunrise time slot, where you can watch the city wake up from the 86th floor. For an even more panoramic view of Manhattan, take to the skies with a personalized helicopter tour, where you’ll see a familiar cityscape from an entirely new perspective.

After a long day adventuring in the city, replenish by having the concierge at Conrad New York Midtown arrange a guided transformative sound bath meditation in the comfort of your own suite and experience one of the world’s most exciting destinations in a truly unique way.

Timeless sophistication, peerless elegance and a city on the cutting edge of cultural innovation all define New York. The city is yours to explore, and the elevated experiences you enjoy here will give you memories for a lifetime.

Paul Oswell is a British award-winning journalist and published travel author based in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. His books include Bucket List North America and The Great American Road Trip, as well as New Orleans' Historic Hotels. He has also been an editor of and contributor to several guide books/editions published by Dorling Kindersley (owned by Penguin), including New Orleans, Florida, Orlando, Los Angeles, California and The United States. His work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure (both of which he has written multiple online travel guides for) and The Guardian, as well as dozens of international newspaper and magazine titles, and inflight magazines for major airlines.

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