Back in March I went up to New York City with my parents for a long weekend. It was actually in part to attend The Armory Show, which is a multi-site modern art show. We flew up on Thursday evening and stayed through Sunday. Having just been to NYC back in October, I had a few new things I wanted to try, while also making sure to visit some favorite spots. A few days before we were set to fly into NYC the city was covered in snow. Luckily most of it was melted by the time we got there, but it was still chilly, which I loved!
Thursday night we had a late dinner Quality Meats, which was right across from our hotel, 1 Hotel Central Park. 1 Hotel Central Park is an amazing eco-friendly resort that I would love to stay in again. They have a few other locations in the US, all of which look just as beautiful! It was really well located, just a few steps from Central Park, and was beautiful inside and out. We had breakfast downstairs most mornings, and grabbed a cocktail once or twice in their bar!
After breakfast at the hotel Friday morning, I headed to the Neue Galerie for a tour of the exhibition The Self-Portrait, From Schiele to Beckmann, which is on display through June 2019. I had never visited the Neue Galerie before, and I’m so glad I did on this trip. Set in the William Starr Miller House, a piece of Beaux-Arts architecture, the Neue Galerie was founded in 2001 and is home to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. After the tour I had some time to explore the rest of the gallery, and I made sure to visit the famous Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt. I then made the quick walk to the Met to meet my parents. We wanted to see two exhibitions, In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met and Epic Abstraction. Following these exhibitions we wandered through other parts of the museum before grabbing lunch at Sarabeth’s Central Park South.
Our “art day” continued after lunch, with our visit to The Armory Show for a few hours. Set in Piers 90, 92 and 94, The Armory Show occurs over a few days each spring in NYC. It’s an opportunity to see what is going on in the art world, and meet gallery owners/artists. We spent a few hours going through each venue, which I think was plenty of time. We could have gone back a few times with our passes, but given our short time frame we decided one visit was enough.
We finished the day with dinner at Estiatorio Milos, my favorite Greek restaurant in NYC.
After a great night of sleep (I really can’t recommend 1 Hotel Central Park enough) and breakfast at the hotel, we hopped in a taxi to visit The Frick Collection. I don’t know how I’ve never visited The Frick before, I was blown away! The collection was originally assembled by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the Pittsburgh industrialist, and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. The residence itself is a prime example of the Gilded Age mansions, and is a testament to the architecture of the time. Within the house, visitors will see a wide variety of art, including paintings, textiles, sculpture, and more. My favorite space was the Fragonard Room, which features monumental works by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. I could have spent hours in this room alone!
Since we were already on the Upper East Side, we took a long walk down Madison Avenue for a little window shopping before grabbing lunch at Bar Italia, which was recommended to us by a store associate in Tory Burch. After lunch my parents went back to the hotel to rest while I continued shopping at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman. While I didn’t purchase anything, it was nice to window shop and be out and about in the city!
Once back at the hotel, we reconvened in the hotel bar before walking down Fifth Avenue and grabbing dinner at Clement Restaurant and Bar, which is inside The Peninsula hotel. Following dinner we walked to Grom (a favorite from my time in Italy) for a bit of gelato before calling it a night.
After a leisurely morning and, you guessed it, breakfast at the hotel, we packed up and made our way to the airport to head home. I always love spending a weekend in NYC, and I consider myself very lucky to live on the East Coast, which makes trips up north relatively easy. With the upcoming opening of the new Costume Institute exhibition at the Met, I’m considering another weekend in the city!