The Met: Charles James Exhibit – Get to the Met before August 10! Really, get yourself there as often as possible but now you have a couture-driven deadline, our favorite kind to have. Bring your best fashion-loving friend and seek out the Charles James exhibit, which is a retrospective full of glamorous ball gowns through James’s life as a couturier. If those dresses could talk…
Lilly Pulitzer – Madison Avenue – Buy. Me. Lilly. Explore our store (on Madison Ave., between 78th and 79th), which is full of the surprises and special touches you love in all our stores. No spoilers here – you must see for yourself! Ok. One hint – the best staircase in the city.
Alice’s Tea Cup – Tea time. There’s never a wrong time for tea, so pop over a couple blocks to Alice’s Tea Cup and enjoy a cuppa while planning your next Manhattan adventure.
Bryant Park – Wander over to Bryant Park, which is four acres of green space backing the famous New York Public Library. Make sure to see the big stone lions out front, because it wouldn’t be a Lilly adventure without some wild animals. Psst – Bryant Park was also home to the New York Fashion Week tents for many years and is one of our favorite spots for ice skating when it’s winter (if it must be winter, may as well skate).
High Line Park – Originally built in the 1930s to keep trains above and away from street traffic, it has now been reclaimed as a beautiful urban park. Walk along and see views of both the city and the river.
Eataly – At night, sign up for a wide range of cooking classes at Eataly’s Fifth Avenue location to learn about summer pasta, Italian cocktails, or how to make the perfect risotto. (And then eat it.)
Laduree – Treat yourself. The Parisian macarons are in New York in two locations (Upper East Side, Soho)! Their delicate pastries live up to their hype, especially the caramel macarons. It’s a taste of Paris in New York City, since the pastries are shipped weekly from the Parisian location. OOH. LA. LA.
Jack’s Wife Freda – A leisurely brunch spot (literally our favorite meal of the week) that puts a Mediterranean spin on American food. It’s in Soho, and does not open before 10 a.m. Our kind of schedule.
Dominique Ansel Bakery – Also in Soho, find this bakery, the first home of the famed cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid that took over the Internet and every foodie’s heart this year. But if waiting in line isn’t your style, there’s also Dominique’s Kouign Amann (also called DKA) to try which uses croissant-like dough and a crunch crust of caramel. Ready for dessert? (Always.)
Maritime Hotel – A nauti-inspired hotel in Chelsea that has staterooms that look and feel straight out of a luxury liner. Check out one of the cabanas on the terraces, stretch out and enjoy the views.
The Standard, High Line – Looking out over the High Line Park and New York City, The Standard, High Line is a hotel with a view (or 360 degrees of them). Every room has either Hudson River or skyline views. But if you need to mix up your views, there’s a biergarten with all sorts of German food and drink on the roof. Cheers!
No amount of looking at the Hudson River will replace your need of the beach. Hint, hint: East Hampton guide coming soon.