AFTER-THEATER DINNER (WITHOUT TONS OF TOURISTS)
777 Seventh Ave., nr. 51st St.; 212-582-1310
Elegant, affordable, and understated, this market-driven Italian restaurant is really too tasty to be called post-theater food— you’ll want to stop by even if you’re not already in the district.
Chef’s Tasting Menu at Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-554-1515
An eight-course iteration of all the classics (lobster, caviar, Kobe beef) prepared in astonishing ways and, with wine pairings, absolutely worth the $320.
Hudson River Park, nr. W. Houston St. 212-627-2020
The West Village’s sprawling field is protected from Hudson River squalls, but not from land-hungry developers. Play now, while you still can.
East River State Park
90 Kent Ave., at N. 8th St., Williamsburg 347-297-9470
From across the river at sunset, this raggedy, underused, two- block-long park provides a humbling reminder of the city’s beauty.
20 Seventh Ave. S., at Leroy St.; 212-929-4360
Their recipe: two parts gin, one part vermouth (from a small bottle), Cerignola olives, and cracked ice. Stirred.
400 Bleecker St., at W. 11th St.; 212-807-8655
As deftly curated as the Marc Jacobs stores down the street. Current Biography staff picks: Oliver Sacks’s Musicophilia, Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games, and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
CENTRAL PARK HOTEL
Jumeirah Essex House
160 Central Park S., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-247-0300
The glitzy new South Gate restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling views of the park, ensures this prime real estate isn’t wasted—and you can still see the hotel’s neon-red sign shining from Sheep Meadow.
ROOM IN A MAJOR MUSEUM
Jackson Pollock Room in the Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-708-9400
Eight canonical works by the quintessential New York artist that leave viewers dazzled and dizzied.
9 E. 13th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 646-486-7313
Japanese nationals make it authentic, NYU students keep it rowdy. And everybody sings more than one song a night.