If Fashion Week isn’t your featured destination in New York, here are five things to do while you visit the iconic city.
1. See the play based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 film, “39 Steps”
Hitchcock’s wonderful 1935 film “39 Steps” now on view in New York is the one that Patrick Barlow created around 2005, reworking an earlier version by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon from the mid-1990s that had been touring the provinces in Britain. The show has retained an impression of seat-of-the-pants, frantic improvisation, to keep you entertained.
Tickets start at $20. http://www.39stepsny.com/tickets
2. Eat a Guac Burger at By Chloe
Chloe Coscarelli’s food is an out-of-the-box dining experience. The first vegan chef to ever win a TV culinary competition, Coscarelli cooks up tasty plant based nosh served to the everyday New Yorkers. ‘By Chloe’ opened in late July and eager New Yorkers line up out the door for their signature dishes of the “mac and cheese” in a creamy sweet potato sauce with shiitake “bacon”, the avocado toast and the quinoa taco salad; and to drink there’s house-made juices as well as tasty libations. The Guac Burger—a black bean, quinoa and sweet potato patty topped with corn salsa, guacamole and chipotle aioli on a whole grain bun—just might change your life. http://www.bychefchloe.com/
3. Visit the new Whitney Museum
This past spring, the iconic Whitney Museum reopened in Manhattan’s trendy—some may say overhyped—Meatpacking District after outgrowing its Upper East Side digs. The museum houses the world’s most important American art collection, which includes works from masters such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keefe and more. The new glass and steel facility boasts eight floors and houses Danny Meyer’s Untitled restaurant, which received a glowing review from The New York Times. Buy tickets in advance. Admission: $22. http://whitney.org/
4. Pamper yourself from head to toe at Ohm Spa & Lounge
For the last decade, Ohm Spa & Lounge commitment has consistently appeared on many “Best of New York” lists in various publications. The Head-to-Package offered by Ohm includes a 60-minute signature massage, 60-minute signature facial and salt of the earth scrub for the arms and legs. Price: $319 (plus a tip). http://www.ohmspa.com/
5. Listen to Live Jazz at the Village Vanguard
Jazz legends such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane have played on stage at this iconic 80-year-old underground West Village venue. For the last 30 years, the 16-piece Vanguard orchestra plays on Monday evenings, while the other nights showcase mainstream jazz talent such as the Billy Hart Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio and the Heath Brothers.