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September 2018

From Creative Cuisine to Spectacular Spirits: What To Expect at the NYC Wine and Food Festival

Calling all foodies and wine lovers: the 2018 NYC Wine and Food Festival is right around the corner!

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If you’ve ever attended a Food and Wine Festival, you know what to expect - a variety of different tastings, some interesting hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to mingle with like-minded foodies from all around the area. Picture that scene, but to “the nth degree”, and you have the always wonderful NYC Wine and Food Festival.

Taking place this year from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, not only does this four-day event bring together a smorgasbord of the top international culinary talents to a variety of venues throughout the city, but all of the proceeds go toward the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City in an attempt to eradicate hunger in the local area.

With more than 80 events spanning the city, you can expect to find something for every palate and any budget. Intimate dinners at participating restaurants, cooking classes to tempt your creativity, or a fun, casual large-scale room tasting – the choices are endless.

Some of your top picks will be sure to feature some of the renowned celebrity chefs in NYC. Want something for the whole family? Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes and the reality-show “Ace of Cakes” will be hosting his own Family Ice Cream Fun-dae. Looking for something for the 21 and over crowd? Then, you won’t want to miss the Tacos & Tequila event hosted by Aaron Sanchez of “Chopped” fame.

With over 500 world-renowned culinary personalities on hand, be sure to take a look at the New York City Wine & Food Festival calendar to find the perfect event for you. They even have event packages which will give you a tremendous variety to choose from, making sure you don’t miss out on your favorite culinary experience (and perhaps stretching your NYCWFF budget even further).

This event is just one of the reasons that we love being right in the middle of New York City! Everything is within reach, and there’s always something new happening. It's very much anticipated here at The Manhattan Club and we hope you're also planning to visit and enjoy this incomparable New York City celebration of food!  


5 Reasons to Visit the Farmers Markets in NYC!

Taking A Trip to a Farmers Market in NYC is the perfect Empire State Fall Activity!

Peaches crate fruit farmers market
There are many iconic fall activities that spring to mind when you think of visiting New York City. You can take in the fall foliage at Central Park, or come and see an annual tradition such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, yet one of our most favorite things to do may surprise you – visiting a local farmers market.

Our urban jungle is actually filled with many amazing markets, strewn beautifully throughout every borough and open all-year-round. Here's our top five reasons why we think you should
visit a farmers market in NYC this fall:

Eat clean and green

The produce that you’ll buy will be the freshest around. Straight from the farm and seasonally inspired, you’ll discover an ever-changing regional bounty of crops. At the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, you’ll browse wares from 140 local farmers, fishermen, and bakers. It’s considered by many to be the quintessential Empire State market experience. You don't want to miss it.

Know your farmer

It makes the world of difference when you know where your food comes from. If you wish to discover where your fresh food grows, the internationally-known Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn is for you. Set atop a three-story warehouse, this world-wide acclaimed, organic vegetable patch will give you an entirely new perspective on food and farming.

Learn cooking tips and recipes

Cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges, like the ones regularly held at the Tribeca Saturday Greenmarket, make you curious to try new flavors and teach you how to use your fresh produce in new and inventive ways.

Kid-friendly, parent-approved

Farmers markets are for all ages, with many, such as the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, hosting a variety of weekly family-friendly activities.

Connect with the community

The 79th Street Greenmarket, one of the closest to The Manhattan Club, is a true hub for everyone in the community. Friendly faces and a warm welcome bring us a slice of rural, small-town values smack dab in the center of the Big Apple!

Whether you choose to explore all five, or spend a few hours wandering around just one of these fabulous outdoor farmers markets, we know that you'll have fun and discover a completely different side of New York City in the fall.


Discover the “Wonder” of Central Park in NYC!

No matter the time of year, the best things to do in NYC will always include a trip to this iconic landmark!

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The Great Pyramid, The Hanging Gardens … many know the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – constructions from antiquity that were deemed to be popular among ancient tourists. Today, only one of these magnificent constructions is standing, but a new “modern list” has been created. We here at The Manhattan Club think that a beloved National Historic Landmark in our own great Empire State belongs to this esteemed group.

If there was a Seven Wonders of NYC list, Central Park would be at the top!

The City may have many defining “wonders”, but the longevity and breadth of points-of-interest have put the country’s most visited urban park at the very top. Central Park in NYC is iconic through all facets of culture, popping up in works of art both written and visual since its construction in 1857! This historic landmark may not inspire the instantaneous awe of Lady Liberty or bear the musical legacy of Carnegie Hall, but when you see it in person you understand its magic. Situated in the middle of our city, this breathtaking piece of green is filled with activity from morning till night, and even those who consider themselves connoisseurs of the Park are always finding new things to discover. It's evolution keeps it unique, yet its consistency is what makes it so beloved.

Central Park was designed to be a microcosm of the Empire State

The 843 acres of topography may mimic the city and suburban areas of our great state, but the vast amount of things to do in Central Park are just as much of a representation of our NYC Melting Pot. From the beloved Central Park Zoo to the Conservatory Gardens, to the lesser-known finds such as Hallett Nature Preserve and the Delacorte Musical Clock, you’ll never be at a loss of internal “wonders” to discover and explore all year round. Where else can you ride a carousel on a summer afternoon, then return in the winter to ice skate in that very same spot? Wollman Rink is just one of the places that transforms itself throughout the year, easily adjusting to the everchanging New York seasons.   

We never tire of wandering through Central Park, and as The Manhattan Club is just a short three-block walk away, we go as often as we can - and just know that you will too!


“How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?”

Two ways – with “practice” or by walking across the street from The Manhattan Club

The Manhattan Club - Carnegie Hall

New York City has long been lauded as the place that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere! For any musician, no matter their genre or personal style, this dream takes the form of finally being able to perform on stage at one of the most iconic buildings in New York: Carnegie Hall.

Since 1981, when famed composer Tchaikovsky commanded the baton as he conducted his orchestra on opening night, legendary musicians and young dreamers alike have graced the stage to make their own musical magic. It is estimated that close to 50,000 performances have taken place throughout the years and the Hall shows no signs of stopping.

Why has Carnegie Hall stood the test of time?

In the ever-changing metropolis that is New York City, how does a concert hall from the turn of the last century continue to thrive? Maybe it’s that the three stages that make up the complex are known to have some of the best acoustics across the globe. Or maybe it is the iconic status, having hosted almost every conceivable world-renowned artist from Pavarotti to The Beatles. There is no singular reason for its everlasting nature, but its continued dominance of the global music scene will always have its events near the top of the list of things to do in NYC!

Celebrate this grand history with The Manhattan Club! 

The 2018-2019 Season at Carnegie Hall is about to begin (with Opening Night taking place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018). From the long-time subscribers to those ready to attend their first event, let The Manhattan Club help make your musical journey just as legendary as this American cultural touchstone. Right across the street from this beloved building, the comfort of our luxurious suites will provide you with the perfect standing ovation-worthy encore!