City Guides: New York - Olesya Moosman

Head of Research at Twitter gives us her insider tips on New York.
Best hotel for business?
Sorry, lived there, did not use hotels for business.
Best hotel for pleasure?
In addition to those already listed, Maritime – located in Chelsea and steps away from the famous Meatpacking district. While there is no more meat circa 1970s or clubbing at the scale of the roaring 2000s (aka when investment banking was at its heyday, pumping money into clubs via its table-service-ordering analysts and associates eager to spend their bonuses), the area remains iconic with an easy access to The Highline and some of the poshest designer stores.
Best bar for celebrating?
  • The Top of the Standard (formerly known as the Boom Boom Room bar) offers breath-taking views of the city and class all the way. 
  • Up and up has some of the delicious craft mixed drinks
Best bar for a business drink?
Up and up has some of the most delicious drinks and is not too loud if you want to have a conversation.
Best restaurant for business lunch?
I am afraid New Yorkers do not eat lunch…we inhale it and keep on running…
Best way to spend an hour in-between meetings?
Brooklyn Bridge Park –you have to take a subway or a taxi there (possibly a water taxi, if from downtown) but it’s worth it. The views of Manhattan’s dramatic skyline next to the calmness of the river inspire both zen-like reflection and the drive for greater achievements. 
Best restaurant for dinner?
Special occasion: Daniel (East 65th Street) when you must have Michelin star French food and nothing else would do. 
Somewhat casual: Ippudo Westside (West 51st Street) is just fun and the food is delicious but prepare for a bit of a wait. 
Casual: Hagi Sake Bar (West 49th Street) serves genuine Japanese food and, of course, Sake. It was a best-kept secret of the Japanese employees of the Mistubishi bank across the street until a few years ago when some of us discovered it and told all our friends about it. 
Vegetarian & gluten free: Candle 79. If I could eat like this every day I would never need meat. 
If you only have time to one thing in my city, then do this...
Shopping! Saks, Bergdorf Goodman or Bloomingdale’s.
For those with more wholesome pursuits, The Highline is a unique promenade through the west side of the city, from the Meatpacking district well into west 30s streets. Madison Square Park is at the heart of the city and a great spot for people watching. 
Need to get away from the noise? Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in the middle of the Central Park is a gorgeous escape from the high-energy metropolis.

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