Skip to content, or skip to search.

Unload Your Guests

City itineraries for four types of out-of-towners.

From left: Gershwin Hotel, Nu Hotel, Carlton Hotel  

For Brooklyn Fans

Stay Here: The Nu Hotel (85 Smith St., nr. Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill; 718-852-8585), one of Brooklyn’s first boutique inns. Rooms have funky touches like hammocks and bathroom chalkboards, and the restaurant- and shop-jammed section of Smith Street is just a short walk away. The hotel even offers loaner bikes. Block rates average about $199; couples can book 10 to 30 rooms.

Do This: Catch a concert at wind-powered performance space Littlefield (622 Degraw St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus; 718-855-3388). Then on Sunday, treat guests to buckwheat crêpes and frittata on the patio at rustic-chic Chestnut (271 Smith St., nr. Degraw St., Carroll Gardens; 718-243-0049). Space rental starts at $25 per person (up to 50 people).

For Serious Eaters

Stay Here: The recently renovated Carlton Hotel (88 Madison Ave., nr. 29th St.; 212-532-4100), where room service comes from the French-inspired Millesime restaurant, run by two-star Michelin chef Laurent Manrique. Block rates start at $239; if the whole thing gets reserved, newlyweds score a complimentary suite.

Do This: Every Friday, chefs-in-training at the Natural Gourmet Institute (48 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl.; 212-645-5170) serve three-course vegetarian meals at candlelit communal tables ($40 a person). Further uptown is David Chang mecca Má Pêche (15 W. 56th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-757-5878), where a private room seats fourteen (from $120 per person for a four-course dinner with wine pairings).

For Hard Partiers

Stay Here: The Ace Hotel (20 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-2222), whose lobby bar can easily double as a post-reception party. Ground-floor stores include outposts of downtown stalwarts No. 8 and Opening Ceremony. Rooms, decked out with turntables and original art, start at $300, though bunk-bed setups are available from $199. Blocks of ten rooms or more receive discounts.

Do This: Chorus Karaoke (25 W. 32nd St., nr. Broadway, third fl.; 212-967-2244) in nearby Koreatown rents out private rooms and offers more than 80,000 songs. Have a nightcap at the luxe Flatiron Lounge (37 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-727-7741), a Jazz Age–inspired locale with old-fashioned drinks.

For Bargain Seekers

Stay Here: The Gershwin Hotel (7 E. 27th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-545-8000), whose digs include communal “bunkers” with beds for $39 a night and a rotating selection of artwork. Standard-room rates start at $149, and blocks must contain at least ten rooms to be discounted.

Do This: Danny Meyer’s barbecue joint Blue Smoke (116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. South; 212-447-7733) can fit eleven to sixteen people at a table; the semi-private balcony, meanwhile, seats up to 34 (from $30 a head). At the Peoples Improv Theater (123 E. 24th St., nr. Park Ave. South; 212-563-7488), fans of SNL will get a kick out of sketch-comedy group Harvard Sailing Team, which performs Friday nights at 9:30. Buying ten or more tickets lowers the price from $10 to $8 a pop.


Spot an error in a listing or want to suggest an update? Contact us.

New York Weddings issue app ad
Order the Weddings Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Spring 2017 Wedding issue

Order This Issue