New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Forget pricey plane tickets; all you need is a MetroCard to take a trip to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, a sanctuary of quiet reflection in Staten Island. Inspired by the lyrical landscape of ancient China—specifically the outdoor aesthetics of the Ming Dynasty—this serene spot features picturesque pavilions, rock formations, waterfalls, koi ponds, and bamboo-edged paths. Check out these must-see places around America you’ll want to take your kids.
Old City Hall station
Sure, locals complain about the subway, but this extensive rapid transit system is actually quite amazing. Need proof? See for yourself. First, a quick history lesson: In 1904, the inaugural subway ride left from City Hall station. Although its tenure as a stop ended in 1945, the Transit Museum continues to operate exclusive guided tours of the underground landmark. Note: Spots are limited to members.
Midtown West is home to the only Michelin-starred yakitori restaurant in America. Helmed by chef-owner Shu Ikeda, Torishin brings an authentic taste of Tokyo to the Big Apple with flavorful skewers of charcoal-grilled meats and veggies. While it might not be on the masses’ radar, it’s a go-to of gourmands like Anthony Bourdain. Do yourself a favor and order the chef’s omakase course. Hungry for more? Plan your next trip to one of these foodie festivals worth traveling to in 2018.