Winter lends a unique atmosphere to New York City. The air turns cool and crisp. By day, the sunlight reflects softly off of Midtown’s skyscrapers. After dark, the city becomes a cozy playground, enveloping revelers in intimate restaurants and hidden bars. Visiting New York City in winter has its charms, many of which lie within walking distance of Lotte New York Palace. We’ve compiled below a few of our top picks for winter in New York City, including new dining hotspots, storied cold-weather traditions, and creative ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Explore Central Park
New York City’s most famous public space is worth a visit, no matter the season. The 6-mile loop around the park on its Main Drive remains open year-round to bicycle and foot traffic, providing ample opportunities to jog or bike without the congestion that plagues the park during the warmer months. One of the most popular winter pastimes in the park is ice skating. Wollman Rink, located near the southeast corner of the park, is the most convenient Central Park ice skating rink from Lotte New York Palace. Wollman Rink is open seven days per week, with kids’ admission starting at $6 and adult passes beginning at $11.25. Central Park is located less than 0.5 miles from Lotte New York Palace – an 11-minute walk or a five-minute car ride away. With the Family Values Package, you can save 50% on a second room, ensuring the entire family stays comfortable between skating sessions and carriage rides.
Admire the Winter Window Displays
It’s as much of a holiday season tradition as shopping itself: stopping to marvel at the incredible displays erected in the windows of the city’s largest department stores. From the upscale drama and unrivaled luxury of Bergdorf Goodman’s display to this year’s most multi-sensory exhibition at Bloomingdale’s to the uber-refined showcase at Henri Bendel and the people’s choice at Macy’s Herald Square, NYC’s winter window displays have something for everyone to enjoy. Many of the city’s most prominent department store window displays are located within walking distance of Lotte New York Palace, which is located on Madison Avenue, in the heart of the city’s top shopping district. If a refined New York City stay is what you seek, the Suite Escapes package will punch your ticket to exclusive NYC experiences. The package provides 15% off stays with sweeping skyline views, along with Membership-in-Residence access to Rarities, a private spirits salon located on-premises at Lotte New York Palace.
Celebrate the Season in Midtown East
Midtown East combines the effervescent excitement of New York City’s holiday spirit with refinement not found in some of the city’s other neighborhoods. From the upscale shops of Madison Avenue to the only-in-New York experience of ice skating at the Rockefeller Center rink to taking in the spectacular architecture of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the neighborhood surrounding Lotte New York Palace is home to some of NYC’s best winter experiences. Wind down winter and enjoy attractions within walking distance of Lotte New York Palace with the Spring Awakening package, providing 15% off the Best Available Rate from March 19 – April 3, 2016.
Discover a Cozy Winter Hotspot
When the wind whips up and the weather gets frightful, New Yorkers take their search for entertainment indoors to the city’s top dining and nightlife destinations. Some of New York’s top food and beverage spots are just an easy walk away from Lotte New York Palace, providing shelter and solace on a cold night.
Gabriel Kreuther – 41 W 42nd Street / www.gknyc.com The Michelin-starred chef’s eponymous new restaurant combines traditional French white-tablecloth fare with some distinct NYC flair to create a unique and modern dining experience. Indulge in bites like caviar, truffles, and foie gras and warm up with a house cocktail – all in an upscale dining room across the street from Bryant Park.
Fuku+ – 15 W 56th Street / www.momofuku.com/new-york/fuku-plus For a less high-end but equally of-the-moment Midtown dining experience, try Fuku+. David Chang’s new comfort food restaurant is a lunchtime haven for the office set, bringing the chef’s irreverent take on Asian cooking uptown to 56th Street. The Sichuan pork flatbread and chicken fingers with special spices from Mission Chinese Food are among our favorites.
Trouble’s Trust – 455 Madison Avenue / at Lotte New York Palace / www.lottenypalace.com Trouble’s Trust is under the Lobby Grand Staircase, but it’s never underwhelming. The bar serves a carefully curated collection of house cocktails and classic drinks with an emphasis on regionally sourced ingredients.
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