25Aug

Fall Travels: New York City

New York City is always buzzing, but there is something special about the fall. Just like Boston, the foliage changes and the temperature cools down. Summers in NYC are hot and humid and the cool air is a welcome change. As the nation’s fashion capital, nothing compares to NYC’s Fall Fashion Week. New Yorkers take fall fashion very seriously and bring the chic from runway to sidewalk.

Central Park is a must during fall. You can take a boat out on the water and walk around and people watch. I love doing things like that when i go back home to NY, even though they’re touristy. NYC is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. There are amazing restaurants everywhere, stylish and interesting people, some of the best shopping in the world, and an extremely fun nightlife scene! It’s easy for east coasters to travel between NYC and Boston, and if you’re planning a fall trip to either city you should consider extending your stay for a few days and visit both!

Fall in New York City

Fall in New York City

Central Park in the Fall

Central Park in the Fall

New York City in the fall

<3 walks like this

New York City in the fall

Major Sex and the City moment

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Street Style

New York Fashion Week Street Style - Don't forget your camera!

3Aug

Top 5 Best Cities for Singles

Travel + Leisure has released their top 20 best cities for singles. T+L readers were asked to evaluate 35 cities on various factors, such as attractive locals and bar scene. My favorite 5 were:

1. New Orleans

Bourbon Street is a popular destination in New Orleans.

New Orleans, Bourbon Street

New Orleans has been on my Must Visit list for some time now, and it’s #1 spot on Travel and Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles confirms my suspicions that it’s a super fun place. It ranked #1 in the best cocktails, most fascinating people, and best neighborhood cafe categories.

Don’t Miss: Bourbon Street, of course, and Frenchmen Street for lots of live music and bars. New bars are Maison and Three Muses.

2. Austin

Sixth Street is a popular hotspot in Austin, Texas

Austin, Sixth Street

Apparently the locals here are smart, athletic, and eco-conscious. Austin also ranked #2 for live music.

Don’t Miss: Sixth Street downtown for music and drinks, and East Sixth Street for beer gardens and classy dive bars.

3. New York City

New York City is one of the best cities for singles.

New York City

One of my favorite places and the #1 city for stylish locals. You can’t go wrong in NYC for nightlife.

4. Chicago

Bar DeVille is a popular hotspot in Chicago.

Chicago, Bar DeVille

They might have the worst weather ever, but they still have an amazing bar scene.

Don’t Miss: Cool neighborhoods like Andersonville, Pilsen and Logan Square.

5. Miami

Miami is a great city for singles.

Miami

The locals were ranked as being pretty unfriendly, but they did well in the attractiveness and style categories.

Don’t Miss: The South Beach scene, or downtown Design District and Brickell

Check out the complete list of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles

4Nov

Top 10 Best NYC Hotel Restaurants

1. Jean Georges
Trump Int’l Hotel

Jean Georges at Trump Int'l Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Jean Georges at Trump Int'l Hotel

Jean Georges at Trump Int'l Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Jean Georges at Trump Int'l Hotel

Inventive, understated and elegant modern decor, great service and a $32 prix fixe lunch make Jean Georges a hot spot for trendy NYC diners.

2. L’Atelier de Joel Rubuchon
Four Seasons Hotel

L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon at Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon at Four Seasons Hotel

L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon at Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon at Four Seasons Hotel

3. Cafe Boulud
Surrey Hotel

Cafe Boulud at Surrey Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Cafe Boulud at Surrey Hotel

This Uptown “cafe” doesn’t exactly have cafe prices, but the French cuisine, sophisticated setting, attentive but unobtrusive service and new cocktail lounge makes it a worthwhile experience. They offer a great selection of wines and a $35 prix fixe lunch menu.

4. Adour
St. Regis Hotel

Adour at the St. Regis is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Adour at the St. Regis

Adour at the St. Regis  is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Adour at the St. Regis

Alain Ducasse’s Midtown French restaurant is vinocentric and emphasizes wine and food pairings. Adour is pricey, but just as good with renowned NYC restaurants like Daniel or Per Se.

5. Maialino
Grammercy Park Hotel

Maialino at Grammercy Park Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Maialino at Grammercy Park Hotel

Maialino at Grammercy Park Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Maialino at Grammercy Park Hotel

Danny Meyer’s Italian restaurant in the Grammercy Park Hotel serves rustic fare (roast pig highly recommended). Try the wine bar for a pleasant, more casual dining experience.

6. Benjamin Steak House
Dylan Hotel

Benjamin Steak House at Dylan Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Benjamin Steak House at Dylan Hotel

This pricey steak house at the Dylan Hotel serves meat in big portions.

7. DB Bistro Moderne
City Club Hotel

DB Bistro Moderne at City Club Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

DB Bistro Moderne at City Club Hotel

DB Bistro Moderne at City Club Hotel is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

DB Bistro Moderne at City Club Hotel

This French bistro in the Theater District draws a chic crowd thanks to the modern setting. Try their signature $32 burger, or their $45 prix fixe pre-theater menu.

8. Norma’s
Le Parker Meridian

Norma's at Le Parker Meridian is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City, and is especially popular for brunch.

Norma's at Le Parker Meridian

Norma’s is one of the best breakfast places in Midtown. Reservations are recommended as the crowd pours in for the delicious and rich breakfast items on the menu.

9. ASIATE
Mandarin Oriental

Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental

Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental

One of the best things about the restaurant is its chic decor and panoramic views of Central Park and Midtown. The food is served with great presentation and in generous portions. ASIATE is a popular brunch and lunch destination, thanks to prix fixe menus.

10. Gilt
NY Palace

Gilt at NY Palace is one of the best hotel restaurants in New York City.

Gilt at NY Palace

The combination of old and new decor make Gilt a unique and trendy dining experience. The Gilt Bar is a lively nightlife scene and makes great cocktails.

Information via Zagat