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.
The Met Cloisters
No doubt you’re familiar with The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, but what about The Met Cloisters? Tucked within Fort Tryon Park, this hidden gem—dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe—is as idyllic as it is interesting. The four-acre property impresses with its manicured gardens and an exquisite collection of sculptures, manuscripts, stained-glass, paintings, and tapestries from the 12th to 15th century. Looking for something a bit more modern? This New York City street art is sure to make you smile.