Pier AHarbour House is located on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, in Battery Park with magnificent view over the Statue of Liberty, specially in sunset.
This beautiful building with a handsome clocktower is 128 years old and it has been renovated for some years and the result is stunning.
At ground level there is an deliciously good oyster bar with open seating, casual dining and a lengthy bar boasting craft beer on tap and an outdoor seating as well.
Custom-designed stained glass touches complement the industrial vibe, and look especially good in the setting sun. Upstairs is more dining rooms servering fine dining.
Opening in 1886 as the headquarters for the New York Harbor Police and Department of Docks, Pier A later served as the VIP entrance for European Ambassadors traveling to Ellis Island and as the main station for the Marine Division of the New York City Fire Department.
The Ludlow is a new hotel offering eclectic design, a lovely outdoor garden and imaginative cocktails, in the heart of the Lower East Side.
With oak panelling, white-washed brickwork and antique brass fixtures, the lobby and bar have a surprisingly convincing vintage feel; bedrooms are all dark wood and more chunky brass, with rustic touches such as sheepskin throws. The minibar includes locally sourced kale crackers, sea-salted chocolate and a scented candle. The hotel’s own bar, with an understated 1930s glamour, provides a calmer drinking experience.
Bathrooms are marble and white-tiled, with large tubs or monsoon showers. I liked the old-fashioned brass mirror, flanked by blazing bulbs. Red Flower toiletries and Maison Martin Margiela bathrobes are nice touches.
Grab a freshly squeezed juice from the stalls at the Essex Street Market. Artist talks, film showcases and provocative collections keep the New Museum, on Bowery, packed with happy visitors. Check out more than 30 Lower East Side galleries including Anastasia Photo on Orchard Street and the Woodward Gallery on Eldridge Street .
Around the corner from the hotel you have an old institution – Katz´s Deli, famous from the movie When Harry Met Sally.
Sweets, warm food, cold food, bread, tacos served out of a van…you name it, they have it at the newly open Gansevoort Market! Located directly in the heart of the Meatpacking District on the corner of Gansevoort Street and Greenwich, is a venue that will definitely satisfy your tastebuds.
Sushi rockstar David Bouhadana has Dojo Express, an offshoot of his hit Sushi Dojo, the excellent Donostia has a tapas counter, and FeelFood is serving its healthy Latin lunch food. Ed’s Lobster Bar also has an outpost, Tacombi is serving tacos from a VW bus, and Luzzo’s is serving pizza. There is also the beautiful Flower Girl run by florist Denise Porcaro at Gansevoort Market.