A "perfect staging area for a weekend with friends", this "swanky" Lower East Side boutique is "cool but still warm and inviting", boasting "fun" on-site venues, including a late-night sushi spot, a "wonderful" terrace bar with a retractable roof and an Andy Warhol--themed pool; the "chic" site is nestled in a "great" location "near top restaurants and museums", but fans don't mind returning to...
When to go: New York City is a year-round destination.
Which room to book: Corner King Superior rooms have vast city views, especially No. 1700.
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Spectacular views of the city are showcased by the stylish industrial minimalism of this new hotel. Rooms feature sophisticated designer furnishings including low beds and couches simply set off by exposed columns and ceiling. Celebrity Chef Susur offers global Chinese cuisine at the hotel's excellent restaurant, Shang.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Colonial Restaurant Review:
Though Café Colonial looks like a typical French café, the menu owes more to Brazil (the owner's native land) than to France. The food and service tend to be spotty, but the rich soups and simple dishes are surprisingly good as is the latte. And the moist and crusty Portuguese cornbread comes free. This is also a good place to spend a late winter morning sitting at a corner table penning your...