Brad and Ange, Cheese and Wine, Netflix and Chill.... All the best things in life come in pairs. This autumn, why not take New York in the same way? Enter this concise list of five of the best gallery and cafe/bar pairings to add to your NYC black books. Culture and Cuisine! You can thank me later.
The MoMA and The BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
This one is for the ladies. Gentlemen, you can certainly join, but the restaurant located on the 7th floor (on the women's side) of the famous department store is generally reserved for the mink wearing women of the Upper East Side. The appetite inducer however, you must see. With one of the most impressive sculpture shows I have ever seen, 'Picasso: Sculpture' does not disappoint. Spanning his 7-decade career, the exhibition winds its way through a vast number of galleries, chronologically ushering you through Picasso's life and embodying his inspiration and creative genius. Not to be missed. On display till February 7th.
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The Guggenheim and Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel
One of my favourite Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, the Guggenheim is a New York icon. Located on 5th Avenue and 89th Street, the architecture of the place is a feat in itself. Once inside, the Alberto Burri exhibition winds its way to a cathedral like crescendo at the top of the spiral. Its unfortunate photos are not allowed, as there are so many textural delights in this show and I left feeling utterly inspired and in awe of such a revolutionary and creative painter. Post Burri, stay in the uptown state of mind and head across to Bemelmans in the Carlyle, where you will undoubtedly have one of the best martinis of your life. With a 24 carat gold leaf ceiling and hand painted French cartoon wall paper from Madeline (by creator and namesake Ludwig Bemelmans), The art deco interior is like another show in itself.
Salon 94 Freemans and Freemans Restaurant
Twinkling fairy lights lead you down Freemans Alley and before you sink into the dimly lit lounge room interior of Freemans to feast on their signature warm artichoke dip, please do yourself the utmost favor and check out one of the most revelatory photograph exhibitions I have seen all year. Entitled 'Segregation Story' by Gordon Parks, it deals with the race issue in America in the 1950's and captures simply seemingly normal day-to-day activities of 3 families that must deal with the radical 'systemic racial inequalities' that were evident when the images were taken in 1956. Shining a light on the truth of that time, it is a real eye opener and a beautiful presented photo essay, until December 20th.
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Sotheby's NYC and Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar
10 levels of one building seems a lot for art, and if you don't have the time for each one, please just make sure you see the 'Highlights from New York: Contemporary Art' on Level 7, (Auction on November 11 and 12- so hurry!). It is one of the best collections of contemporary art I have ever seen. Have a coffee break at the New York institution Sant Ambroeus. Whilst on level 10, A. Alfred Taubman, and his late collection is on display. He was a 'legendary collector, philanthropist and businessman' and the former owner of Sotheby's ...I suggest you take a look. You won't be disappointed.
The Whitney and The Whitney Studio Cafe
The new Whitney building has had mixed reviews, but if you're a tourist and new to NYC, I suggest you take a stroll along the highline and then check out the Frank Stella retrospective on until February. The Whitney also boasts an impressive American collection with over 200 works organized into 'eleven thematic "chapters' over two floors. Tip: Head there on Friday and Saturday Night as it's open till 10pm. Once done with the museum, head up to the 8th floor for 'sweeping views of the Meatpacking, Hudson River and the Highline'. You can then head over to The Standard Hotel and its many accompanying restaurants for another late night tipple.