ELLE Escapes: Recent York City

They are saying Recent York is the town that never sleeps, and though it took a solid snooze over the pandemic, the frenetic energy has returned with a vengeance. This month, fashion week takes over all five boroughs—one in all many the explanation why, to cite Bill Burr’s SNL monologue, “Recent York is back, baby!” With that in mind, we compiled a guide for the very best ways to pass the time in what’s universally considered to be the best city on the earth, especially in the autumn. Chalk it as much as Meg Ryan; we don’t make the principles.

“Virgil Abloh: ‘Figures of Speech’” at The Brooklyn Museum

“One among the good things about Virgil is that he worked across disciplines and mediums,” Antwaun Sargent, who curated the posthumous exhibit honoring the late designer, previously told ELLE. “You could have art, you may have architecture, you may have music, you may have film, you may have design, you may have fashion.” It’s fitting then that “Figures of Speech” highlights Abloh’s multi-hyphenate nature, from designing Serena Williams’ Off-White x Nike “Queen” tennis dress to a making a test press plate of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album.

Classic Harbor Line’s Sunset Cruise

What might be more romantic, nay picturesque, than a sunset cruise aboard a yacht? Classic Harbor Line offers a number of non-touristy options, including rides with live jazz and wine and cheese pairings. (Yes, you’ll still get to see the Statue of Liberty.) Reap the benefits of the weather while you’ll be able to, people.

Forest Hills Stadium

Originally home to the U.S. Open, this storied venue now hosts live shows with top billings like Death Cab for Cutie and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs set against the backdrop of tennis courts. Come for the tunes, stay for the plethora of food vendors. And when you’re feeling extra luxurious, spring for one in all the stadium’s Speakeasy Suites, complete with a personal viewing porch, bar, and concierge service team wearing tennis whites.

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Saint Theo’s

From the ’80s Recent Wave soundtrack to the vintage-meets-modern décor and late-night menu, coastal Italian-inspired bistro Saint Theo’s is a spot to see and be seen in every sense of the phrase. Highlights include Aperol spritzes and cicchetti (translation: Venetian small bites). Do that one for the ‘gram.

Mr. Capri

Run by Capri natives and brothers Alessandro and Mario Passante, Mr. Capri is the true deal on the subject of food (think: authentic Caprese dishes inspired by Passantes’ mother’s recipes, like prosciutto and fried burrata) and drinks (don’t bypass the bar, with creative cocktails mixed by internationally renowned cocktail artist Cristina Bini—every one is cleverly named after a location on the island).


It’s rare that vegan food actually tastes good, such is the case with PLANTA Queen. The plant-based Miami restaurant in Recent York’s Flatiron neighborhood serves up every part from sushi to bang bang broccoli, spicy noodles, pineapple fried rice, and cocktails with implausible names like Herb Your Enthusiasm and Mez-Cal Me Perhaps. Peloton’s Robin Arzón is an enormous fan.

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L’Avenue at Saks

Nestled inside Saks and overlooking Fifth Avenue, the newly opened outdoor terrace at L’Avenue is a welcome respite in chaotic midtown. Have a cocktail or nosh on small bites—the sliders and fries are musts—as you peek at customers shopping inside. The last word people-watching experience.

Genesis House

An homage to the Korean automotive brand, Genesis Home is an ideal spot to grab a drink, soak within the Hudson River views, and order some light bites courtesy of the in-house Michelin-starred restaurant and culinary institute Onjium, which serves up modern takes on traditional recipes, like gim bugak (translation: seaweed chips).

Fasano Caffè

Should you manage to snag an invitation to the flamboyant members-only club Fasano Fifth Avenue, you’d be silly to not go. Positioned right on Fifth Avenue (hence the name), its “caffè” is an impossibly chic place to take a seat, with occasional live music as well.

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The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Say hello to the (relatively) recent and improved Gansevoort. The enduring hotel underwent a multimillion dollar renovation over lockdown, and now boasts two restaurants—a European-inspired café and a pop-up sushi bar, Saishin—Banksys within the lobby, and a refurbished rooftop pool.

The Bowery Hotel

There’s a reason why The Bowery stays one in all the town’s most desirable hotels, if just for the celeb sightings within the lobby. After you cozy up with a martini by the fireside, go for a stay in one in all its opulent rooms (outdoor shower on the terrace, anyone?).

TWA Hotel

Surely you’ve seen the red and white corridors on Instagram, but how in regards to the (surprisingly quiet) suites? Don’t let TWA Hotel’s location at JFK idiot you: the comfy bed, martini bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows will make you are feeling such as you’ve transported to the Sixties in the easiest way possible. That is the solution to benefit from a cancelled flight.

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The right eye cream for the town that never sleeps. Relieve those drained eyes with this fast-absorbing cream that is filled with aloe to assuage and peptides to plump.  

Anti-Pollution Drops

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops

Chances are high you will get in a superb amount of walking while in NYC. Protect your skin from the weather, including but not limited to: the extremely popular sun or very cold snow, the very packed subway, the very lost tourists, and the very dirty Times Square. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops is an easy-to-use (you simply need one droplet a day!) serum that works to defend your skin against each day pollution and environmental aggressors.  

Super Dry Shampoo

Long live second (or third or fourth) day hair. Give your roots a spritz of Ouai’s Super Dry Shampoo and you will not ever must stop back at your hotel. Key ingredients like rice starch and volcanic minerals work to detoxify strands and cleanse the hair so it should appear stronger and healthier between washes.  

Replica Jazz Club Fragrance

MAISON MARGIELA Replica Jazz Club Fragrance

Should you make it off the island of Manhattan to the land of hipsters, a never-running G train, and the feast of Smorgasburg, you will find yourself in Brooklyn. This fragrance, inspired by the borough’s jazz club scene, has woodsy notes of smooth cocktails and smoking cigars.  To reply the query of the most notorious BK resident, “Where Brooklyn at?” Bottled, on this fragrance.  

Claire Stern is the Deputy Editor of ELLE.com. Previously, she served as Editor at Bergdorf Goodman. Her interests include fashion, food, travel, music, Peloton, and The Hills—not necessarily in that order. She used to have a Harriet the Spy notebook and isn’t ashamed to confess it. 

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