5 New York openings just in time for the holidays

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As New York residents take to the streets to do their Christmas shopping and visitors (including international visitors now allowed in) enter the city to experience the holidays in this vibrant setting, new venues have opened. and others have reopened in improved form. New York always puts on a good show this time of year. Among the options including a new way of getting around town:

Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park. The Rockefeller Center ice rink next to the famous tree usually gets all the attention, but residents flock to this park rink, which has recently reopened and modernized for the season and is no longer under the management of the Trump Organization. Improvements to the rink surface and maintenance are among the upgrades, along with a digital ticketing system, a new pavilion and improved food offerings. Created by well-known high-profile event caterers Great Performances and Melba Wilson, owner of revered Melba’s restaurant in Harlem, the culinary program, now in its initial stages, features selections such as Pumpkin Soup from the Valley of the ‘Hudson with Maple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Grilled Sausage with Red Coleslaw, and Taste of Melba Plate with Jerk Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and Collard Gale. And since it’s New York: a smoked salmon bagel available on weekends.

Gold Room at Lotte New York Palace It would be hard to find a more elegant place to drink on vacation than this golden cocktail bar in the famous Villard Mansion that is part of this downtown hotel. Reopened in early November and featuring golden ceilings dating back to 1882 that reflect the opulence of the golden age in the city, the bar presents a new cocktail menu with a few offers dedicated to the major players of that era such as The Carnegie compound of Bowmore 12 Year Scotch Single Malt from Islay, Luxardo liqueur, wormwood and lemon zest garnished with flambé rosemary. Side dishes range from black truffle fries to seared local black sea bass with a citrus and ginger gremolata. And right next door, at the Villard restaurant, breakfast dishes such as lemon mascarpone pancakes with dulce de leche butter and bourbon maple syrup are served in a setting that wouldn’t have its place in a European palace.

AIR at Night at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt The multi-faceted glass observatory that opened in October was already dazzling visitors with its prismatic refractions and 360-degree views over the city center. For the holidays, visiting hours will be extended from November 24e until the end of January by adding Wednesdays and late hours to the tour schedule. To accompany the nocturnal views, creator Kenzo Digital has imagined a sound and light show that bounces a range of colors across the main space, a display of refractive orbs in the AFFINITY interactive room and another UNITY interactive room in which the portraits of the visitors are joined with the projected clouds.

Bar Milano at Eataly When shopping for gourmet Italian fare for holiday meals (or treats for yourself), it’s a good idea to take a break and let someone else do the cooking, especially at this restaurant which just opened in Eataly’s flagship location in Flatiron. The menu celebrates Milanese cuisine and seems to do it well according to various Milanese businessmen who stopped by to test it during opening week. Beyond authenticity, dishes like Milanese braised beef. Mondeghili pork and mortadella meatball, Risotto a la Milanesa (saffron risotto with bone marrow broth,) Osbus, Milanese ossobuco, the classic Cotoletta alla Milanese prepared here with a veal chop and 40 pasta Tajarin al Tartufo Bianco yolks (white truffles) are all delicious and worth stopping by even when you’re not shopping.

The Jet Introduced last week as a new way to travel between Hudson Yards in New York and Metro Center in Washington DC, this bus redefines that mode of transportation for anyone looking to visit friends or family or do business. in these cities. There are just 14 leather seats with enough legroom six feet apart and a 70-inch recline with footrests giving passengers plenty of personal space. The most unique aspect of the seats, however, is the motion-canceling BOSE technology which, with its up and down motion, cushions 90% of the jostling between rough roads and potholes; you see the seats moving when you sit behind them but you don’t feel it, just a smooth ride, sitting in them. Add an attendant to serve up free snacks, beer, wine and espresso, an air filtration system used in ambulances, and fast streaming Wi-Fi and it’s definitely a more relaxing way to travel (starting price: $ 99 each way.) Now, if only there was a way to control the traffic, although the four scheduled departures are scheduled at off-peak hours to get around this problem. And depending on the success of this route, these coaches may expand to other cities on the east coast.

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