From tapas to MoMA, spring has arrived in Manhattan. Cool.
By Jack Rico
After a cozy winter in the mountains, spring in NYC beckons with an eclectic array of possibilities. From snagging reservations at buzzy new restaurants and luxe bars to attending the latest art openings, there seems to be an endless list of new things to do in a city that is quite clearly re-emerging. Whether you’re going with your sweetheart or your own rockstar self, we’re adding a few musts to this season’s trip to the planet’s greatest metropolis.
Tapas in the clouds. Step back into the old-school Manhattan glamour with a Spanish twist at Chef José Andrés’ chic new rooftop bar, Nubeluz, at the Ritz-Carlton NoMad. Sip on a glass of Rioja while taking in unobstructed views of Manhattan from 500 feet as you remember why you love this city so damn much.
If you’re craving exotic flavors with a chill vibe in Midtown, don’t miss Tatiana, Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s sleek new Afro-Caribbean restaurant at Lincoln Center. He blends his Nigerian roots and Bronx heritage to create menu standouts including moist jerk chicken with creamy coconut rice and out-of-this-world plantain fritters. This is the ultimate fusion of food and culture.
Stop by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to see the buzzy new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, featuring rarely seen drawings and watercolors, offering a glimpse into the icon’s artistic methods. Go and spend time with your inner artist and grab some cool photos for the ‘gram.
If you want to experience the city’s most romantic sunset views, whisk yourself away to one of the best-kept secrets on Governors Island: Collective Retreats. No gatekeeping here—anyone can enjoy this hidden gem. Begin your evening escape by being escorted on a private boat and enjoy a date with Lady Liberty as you admire Manhattan from a different angle.
Founder & Managing Director, AMPLIFY Partners NYC
bar: Temple Bar
culture: Jazz at Lincoln Center
destination: Tin Building by Jean-Georges
Director of Marketing, Hearst Lifestyle Group
bar: The Jazz Club at Aman New York
culture: Candlelight concerts at the Church of the Heavenly Rest
destination: Freeman Alley