After checking in and having a refreshing evening drink in the divine hotel bar (with the friendliest staff around), take a gentle ten minute stroll down Bleecker and Mulberry to the exquisite, eclectic Chefs Club for dinner. Soak up the atmosphere of the buzzing Lower East Side experiencing the cuisine of whichever All Star Chef is on hand to conjure up culinary genius that night. It’s then back to the Bowery to get your beauty sleep and shake any jetlag, as tomorrow is going to be pretty full on…
Wake up to a traditional New York bagel and coffee. Spend the morning exploring the artistic delights in St. Mark’s Place and the vintage clothes shops on Orchard Street, a stone’s throw from your hotel. For lunch the choices are endless but Contra (Contemporary American), Le Turtle (Modern French) or Babu Ji (Modern Indian) will all leave you feeling suitably impressed. In the afternoon meet André Mack himself for a private wine tasting of his Mouton Noir brands and insider view on the city.
Awaken your inner rock star and welcome in the evening with some breakthrough live music at Mercury Lounge or Bowery Electric. Of course if Broadway or the Knicks resonate deeper, we’re on hand to get you those VIP tickets. If you still have the energy for a cocktail after, Death & Company is one of the best cocktail bars on the planet.
Today is your artistic overload. Fuel up with a breakfast of the freshest organic ingredients at Russ & Daughters café and head west to walk the 1.5 mile Highline from midtown. This ‘aerial greenway’ or ‘linear park’ is a great way to view the city. Arriving at Gansevoort Street you’re a short walk from Cadillac House where the red carpet will be rolled out for your arrival. Get the grand tour, grab a coffee and check out one of the many, ever-changing, innovative exhibitions on display. Head back a few streets up for lunch at the famous Spotted Pig and be sure to try the Roquefort burgers.
If you’re feeling competitive and in the need to work off a long lunch, drop into Fat Cat for a spot of pool or table tennis before strolling across to the new Whitney Museum of American Art where we’ve arranged a completely private champagne tour of the gallery. All that’s left to do now is head back to your hotel, check out and be chauffeured across the bridge to Williamsburg. Arrive at your new dwelling, the fabulous Whythe Hotel, soak up your surroundings and relax.
Coffee at Gotan is a must to kick start the day in Brooklyn. Wander down to Bushwick Inlet Park to stare back at Manhattan with breath-taking views across the Hudson River before threading your way through the vintage market scene at Artists & Fleas. Take a long, lazy afternoon lunch at fashionable Lilia before taking a car a short distance downtown to Dumbo Waterfront and Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Look around and enjoy the views before heading off to catch an early show at Rough Trade Records or simply go straight to the rooftop bar at William Vale Hotel for sundowners and a view to die for.
Wine & Dine
After enjoying the cutting edge excitement of downtown Manhattan and bustling Brooklyn, it’s time for sheer, indulgent luxury, visiting André’s recommended vineyards out of town. First we’ll take you on a private helicopter ride over the city for good measure and out to Long Island before landing at North Fork. Your car will meet you there to chauffeur you on a wine tour like no other, NYC style. Sample the delights of Duckwalk, Sparkling Pointe and Pindar Vineyards before gazing at the impressive Hamptons waterside properties on your way back to the Whythe for a restful last night. If there’s one bar left in you, we highly recommend Fresh Kills or Maison Premiere to cap off an incredible trip.