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Top 10 Hidden Gems Like Hotel Chandler in NYC

Contrary to popular belief, Hotel Chandler is not the only hidden gem in New York City.  Reaching from the very top to the very tip of Manhattan, are tons of cool, beautiful, and interesting sites that are not very easily found.  Luckily, especially for our guests, we have compiled a list of our favorite top 10 hidden gems in the city:

10. McGraw Hill Financial [via Mashable, Tyler Tronson]

McGraw Hill Midtown Building: 1221 Avenue of the Americas

McGraw Hill is known as the company that publishes textbooks for college students all over the country.  Something you may not know about them is that they also have a hidden gem in their corporate building. On the west side of their building between 48th and 49th street is a Plexiglas tunnel that runs right underneath a waterfall.

 

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Secret Garden at St. Luke in the fields: 485 Hudson Street

This secret escape is filled with many different flowers, birds and butterflies right in the middle of the West Village. It is cloaked by a huge brick wall and black iron gate, but if you’re clever enough, you just might be able to find it!

 

8. Garden of Stones[via Flickr: joygantic]

The Garden of Stones: 36 Battery Place

The Garden of Stones is part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Although, not entirely hidden, it is certainly a sight for sore eyes.  Featuring plants planted in stones by Holocaust survivors and their families, there is much history surrounding this piece. Eventually, the plants bloom and the rocks break apart.

 

7. 1st Street Garden[via manhattansideways.com]

1st Street Garden: 48 East 1st Street

The 1st street garden became a local garden in the 1980’s and has steadily been maintained and taken care of by its neighbors. The murals change every few weeks but are currently in the theme of “women who made a difference in America.”

 

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Sidewalk Subway Map: on Greene Street between Spring and Prince Street

Belgian artist Francoise Schein created this amazing piece titled, “Subway Map Floating on a NYC Sidewalk” with concrete rod and LED lights per subway stop.   You can find this 87-foot cool work of art on Greene Street cut right into the ground.

 

5. PDT[via Flickr - star5112]

East Village Speakeasy PDT: 113 St. Marks Place

PDT also known as “Please Don’t Tell” is very big on secrecy.  The trendy speakeasy features a hidden entrance through a hot dog shop’s telephone booth in the East Village.  If you’re a fan of cocktails, you’re in luck!  This bar is quite known for its absinthe cocktail mixes.

 

4. The Berlin Wall[via Alex Lopez]

The Berlin Wall: East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues

Inconspicuously placed, a piece of the world famous Berlin wall is exhibited alongside a courtyard in Midtown East. Many people think this 12-foot high, 20-foot long masterpiece is just another NY street painting but if you look closely enough, you will see that that is not the case.  In reality, German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny incorporated 5 original concrete wedges of the wall that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. You can find this this antique remainder burrowed between the Jefferies office building and Paley Park on 53rd Street.

 

3.  Hidden Waterfall[via buisnessinsider.com]

Hidden Waterfall at Green Acre Park: 217 East 51st Street

We are on to our top three hidden gems! Amongst the concrete jungle that is New York City, it may seem out of the ordinary to find a beautiful waterfall in its midst.  Well get ready to be blown away – right on 51st Street is a 25-foot secret waterfall in a small park also featuring a seating area.  Tired of all the hustle and bustle or need a quick break from the bright lights? Find your way to this relaxing are; it sure is a sight to see.

 

2.  Whispering Gallery - GCT[via Flickr: ilike]

Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station: 89 East 42nd Street

In one of the most infamous landmarks of NYC is a whisper archway, unbeknownst to many people.  In front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant in the Grand Central Terminal, two people can hear each other’s whispers conveyed over the arch while standing at diagonal arches.

 

1. City Hall Subway Stop[via viraljuice.com]

The old City Hall subway stop: After the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Subway Stop

For our number one hidden gem in NYC (besides us, of course) we have featured the old City Hall subway stop.  Over 75 years ago, this 6 train stop once stirred and buzzed with movement. Unfortunately, in 1945 it was closed down due to its incapability to be remodeled.  Guided tours are occasionally available or if you stay on the 6 train after the last stop, you can grab a quick glance of its beauty as it passes through the station when it loops around to the uptown platform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day in New York City!

Valentine’s Day in New York will keep your special trip occupied with not only quiet, romantic moments but with exciting happenings around town! We have compiled a list of our favorite shops and spots guaranteed to make your loved one feel special.

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Chocolates and flowers are a Valentine’s staple, but take these ordinary gifts and turn them up a notch. Specialty chocolate and flower shops are scattered throughout the City but we have listed a few to get you started. Pick some handmade chocolates up at L.A.Burdick located near Madison Square Park or venture up to Neuhaus for the best of Belgium chocolates (near Bryant Park). If you are looking for something a little more locally sourced, look no further than Mast Brothers Chocolate. This Brooklyn duo have created a name for themselves with hand-wrapped chocolate bars featuring flavors such as Stumptown coffee and Vanilla & Smoke.

For stunning floral arrangements swing by Spruce or Shields for a magnificent floral arrangement to be placed in the hotel room to truly wow your loved one.

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without the romantic dinner. Michelin starred Juni provides an intimate setting that will take you on a fine dining journey with evolving flavors as you make your way through the tasting menu.  Looking for a dinner in one of the most romantic parks in the world? Wander the chilly paths of a quiet Central Park before making your way to Tavern on the Green for a warm, iconic dinner.  Looking for an unforgettable view? Create a lifelong memory by booking a table at the Rainbow Room. After your five-course meal, dance the night away with your loved one on the historic rotating floor to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Can’t get a table at one of these spots? Depending on your flavor other romantic spots with special Valentine’s Day menus include: The Gander, Brushstroke, and Botequim.

After dinner take your date for a twirl into the 1920s for a cocktail at Dear Irving and let the parlor and the bespoke drinks enchant your significant other.  Head to The Bourgeois Pig for a nightcap and sit among their blood-red interiors surrounded by antique mirrors before making your way back to your luxurious hotel room.

For more information and to assist with reservations and babysitting options contact our concierge at (646) 218-4409.

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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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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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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.

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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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Chef’s Table With Shaun Hergatt & Jason Galang

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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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Culinary Artistry at Juni, a New Flatiron Restaurant

Juni entrance resizeOpened August 19, 2013, Juni is the Flatiron’s newest restaurant at Hotel Chandler. Under Chef Shaun Hergatt, this aesthetically unique Manhattan restaurant takes diners on a journey of evolving flavors through a seasonal menu that showcases the bounty of the harvest and ingredients at their finest. Some delectable gems include Hudson Valley foie gras, artichoke ravioli, Montauk striper and a variety of innovative desserts by Pastry Chef Mina Pizarro. Diners can choose to experience Chef Hergatt’s cuisine via a six- or four-course tasting menu of their choice, or enjoy a ten-course prix fixe designed by the chef.

Derived from the Latin word for “June,” representing the heart of the growing season, Juni is a 50-seat Flatiron restaurant that delivers an intimate dining experience with fresh, inventive flavors. Ingredients are hand-selected from trusted local farms and foragers, and proudly prepared with minimal manipulation, so as to preserve each ingredient’s natural beauty and flavor on the plate.

Feel like dining in your pajamas? Guests of Hotel Chandler can enjoy the experience of Hergatt’s cuisine via room service, which is offered from 7am to 10pm daily.

And for those who wish to share the flavors of Juni, private dining in Flatiron is possible for parties of eight or more. Plan an intimate gathering in the private dining room or a larger occasion by reserving the whole restaurant. Chef Hergatt and his team will work with you to create personalized menus inspired by and tailored to your specific event.

Visit Juni at Hotel Chandler at 12 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016. Make a reservation by calling 212-995-8599. Visit their full website here.

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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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