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A Gentleman’s Guide to New York: How to do the Big Apple in Vogue Man style

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As one of the most exciting cities in the world, New York is a city that visitors seem to fall in love with time and time again; thanks to its abundance of cutting edge fashion, world-class cuisine, and movie-famous sights. Not sure where to start? We guide you through the bustling streets of the Big Apple.

Soak in the views

Thankfully New York temperatures between April and October are a lot more bearable than here in the Middle East – so good in fact that the locals flock to the city’s alluring rooftops. There’s no better way to enjoy the sights than with a glass of your favorite beverage, fabulous company and a Manhattan skyline. The Wythe and 1 Hotel in Brooklyn both have stunning rooftop bars overlooking NYC, crammed with a local and international mixed clientele who come to enjoy the beats of legendary DJs. For bright lights, try Bar 54 in Times Square, and for something different, Gallow Green on The McKittrick Hotel is a lush rooftop forest where theatre lovers come together ahead of immersive storytelling experience within the building, Sleep No More.

Dress like an American gentleman

You’re spoilt for choice whatever your tastes – whether that’s runway looks from NYFW menswear standouts Ryan Roche, R13 and Nosesso, or classic US designers Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger; all stocked in high ends department stores such as Barney’s, Saks or the new Nordstrom. Looking for unique pieces to add to your wardrobe? Vestiaire Collective and What Goes Around Comes Around are your destinations for vintage luxury labels – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all.

Sleep like an A-Lister

The Four Seasons Hotel Downtown New York is the A-List go-to during fashion week, and that’s not just because of their massive walk-in wardrobes. The hotel is situated in the heart of Tribeca – just a stone’s throw away from the boutiques of SoHo, the Seaport District, Meatpacking District and many of the NYFW runway shows and presentations. There’s also the new Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, an ultra hipster stay with the city’s funkiest lobby, as well as Midtown’s recently opened 5-star boutique hotel The New York EDITION; easily one of the most stylish designs we’ve ever seen, including its beautiful ‘clocktower’ restaurant.

Eat international

New York is a melting pot of cultures, with some of the best international dishes outside of their respective countries. Japanese food is king in Manhattan, and must-tries include two-Michelin star restaurant, Sushi Ginza Onodera and modern Japanese Zuma New York. NY socialites are obsessed with French fancy Daniel on Park Avenue where every dish is a work of art, as well as The Pool ’s impressive seafood menu. If you’re craving some hearty American dishes, steak-out at Catch NYC on American Wagyu, or Butter ’s incredible brunch – a Western take on our Friday gathering.

Zone out with the boys

Every guy needs some time to let loose, so how about a NY Knicks basketball game at the iconic Madison Square Gardens – you might catch superstar fans Alicia Keys or Ben Stiller on the front row. Alternatively, get active and hop on a New York Harbor Jet Ski and zoom across the Statue of Liberty, or take your party bowling while rocking out to local bands at the Brooklyn Bowl. Big kid at heart? Modern Pinball NYC is the craziest arcade of pinball games that you could pass hours at, and Luna Park in Coney Island is Disneyland for New Yorkers – but much less hectic, especially if you arrive at off-peak times.

Broadway VIP
How does the Vogue Man do Broadway? The answer is VIP. Avoid the lines and the dodgy ticket booths and use Broadway Plus for exclusive behind the scenes and VIP access to Broadway classics including Aladdin and Wicked, as well a chance to meet the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. The Rockettes perform each winter at the venue, and if you only experience one American Christmas in your life, this needs to be part of it. Ever tried immersive theatre, where you walk alongside the talent on set? New York’s finest include the massive Sleep No More, and more intimate Then She Fell – a spin on Alice In Wonderland.

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