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One of our favorite NYC food tours: City Food Tours' Lower East Side Artisan Food Tour

City Food Tours’ Lower East Side Artisan Food Tour/Leon Cato Photography

In New York City, travelers can enjoy cuisines from nearly every country on the planet — so it’s no wonder that many are opting for food tours to get some guidance. Frequently themed by neighborhood or type of food, some tours can teach more than most New Yorkers themselves know, in a short period of time. Plus, you can tap the knowledgeable guide for recommendations for the rest of your trip. Here are four of our favorite culinary adventures:

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The Carlton Hotel

Room at The Carlton Hotel, New York City

On Manhattan’s buttoned-up East Side, The Carlton Hotel caters to visitors who want the feel of a classic New York City hotel stay without the chintz and creaky furniture that you’ll find in some of the city’s grand dames. Here’s a look at this hotel…

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A guestroom at Ink48 hotel in New York City

An Ink48 guestroom/

Is it just us or did September fly by? Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us — and, luckily for those looking to spend a few days of the yuletide season in New York City, the four Kimpton hotels there are offering up to 40 percent off. That’s as low as $162 per night, a huge bargain in the spendy city.

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Oculus Rift Samsung Headset at the New York Marriott Marquis

Samsung virtual reality headset at the New York Marriott Marquis/Laura Motta

Last October, I wrote about Marriott’s efforts to use virtual reality technology in some of its hotels. At the time, it was somewhat unclear how the hotel brand was planning to find practical, day-to-day applications with this new toy — which admittedly, is pretty impressive and fun to use. Their commitment to it continues with a new initiative at two of its properties, the New York Marriott Marquis, and the London Marriott Park Lane, that will run over the coming weeks. With the launch of “VRoom Service,” guests at these two hotels can borrow an headset, which includes a viewer and headphones, that’s preloaded with “travel postcards.” The postcards put users into three travel destinations: Chile’s Andes mountains, a street corner in Bejing, and a patio in front of an ice cream shop in Rwanda. Non-hotel guests can view the postcards too, via the Samsung Milk VR premium video service on the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Candido Portinari's War & Peace Mural at the United Nations

Candido Portinari’s War mural at the UN/Laura Motta

There’s a strange joy that comes with going to Rome and stepping, for an instant, into a whole new country with a simple visit to the Vatican. Travelers to New York City can do the same, but they often don’t think of it, at United Nations Headquarters. Located technically not in NYC but in international territory that’s governed by all of its 193 member nations, the UN gives visitors a glimpse at the world’s farthest-reaching peacekeeping body in action — and a look at its gleaming mid-century modern headquarters. If you’re planning to stop by in 2015 — the 70th Anniversary of the UN’s inception — you’ll see lots that’s new, or recently refreshed. Here are a few things to look out for:
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Boro Hotel New York, Long Island City, New York City

The Long Island City neighborhood of Queens has become much trendier in recent years, welcoming hip eateries along boutique hotels like Z NYC and the Paper Factory Hotel. Now there’s one more new kid on the block: Boro Hotel New York.

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1538 The Ludlow Hotel

The Ludlow Hotel

Nothing helps us get through the pre-weekend slump like delicious hotel eye candy. The latest to catch our attention: The newly unveiled penthouse at The Ludlow Hotel, a barely year-old urban chic property by star hotelier Sean MacPherson.

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yotel new york premium cabin with smart bed


It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight from a kiosk when I arrived at the hotel. Who ever wants to slink up to a check-in receptionist when they’re dripping wet and completely disheveled?

That’s just one of the many ways that Yotel has carefully designed a “smart” hotel stay, considering the perspective and mindset of travelers today. The brand first made a name for itself with three sleek airport hotels in London and Amsterdam, and it opened its first in-city property off of New York City’s Times Square in 2011. With more hotels coming soon to cities like Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami, and Dubai, we checked into the NYC location to get a sense of how exactly the Yotel’s savvy tech focus is enhancing the guest experience.

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beach in chatham, cape cod, ma


Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by train. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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cantina rooftop nyc

Ever go somewhere and have such a great time that you never want to leave? The concept of a hybrid venue has been taking hold — be it some place that’s a cafe by day and a bar by night or a restaurant that turns into a nightclub after-hours — so that revelers can indeed stay all day and all night. And of course New York, the city that never sleeps, has plenty of options. Here are just six that we love.

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Greenwich Village, New York City, NY - Christine Wei

Christine Wei

Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods for good reason. Not only is it the home to a slew of celebrities and other trendy Manhattanites — or the setting of the hit ’90s sitcom Friends – the boho-chic neighborhood is also where you’ll find a whole host of hip restaurants, chic boutiques, and lively music venues. Here’s how to sink your teeth into what locals call “The Village.”

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the ludlow new york city summer hotel deal

The Ludlow

It’s not every day that you find a hotel discount in New York City during the summer. Though Big Apple residents are on vacation, it’s peak tourist season. That’s why we’re so thrilled to see prices drop by nearly 55 percent this July and August at one chic hotel in the city.

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One World Trade Center Observation Deck, NYC

One World Observatory

More than 10 years in the making, the observation deck on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center — on the 100th to 103rd floors, 1,200 feet above Manhattan — is set to open on May 29. You can buy your tickets right now, ahead of the opening. Here’s what you need to know:

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The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Condado Plaza Hilton, San Juan

If you like double travel points (and who doesn’t?) there’s a new promotion running through May 31 that allows you to earn double points through a Hilton Hhonors program called Double Your Hhonors. You’ll earn double Hilton Hhonors points, or double miles or points through Hilton’s travel partners, which include Delta, American Airlines, and United.

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Cabaret the Musical on broadway nyc

Cabaret the Musical

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