The New York Minute: Where To Eat, Sleep, Stay And Play In The Big Apple

Esquire and Tiffany & Co guide you through the city that never sleeps

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1 | SEE

Grand Central Terminal

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, 001 212 340 2583

The largest — and many would say most beautiful — train station in the world, Grand Central offers 68 shops, 35 eateries, The Vanderbilt Tennis Club (owned by none other than Donald Trump), and a hell of a lot of trains. It's a properly stunning sight. Behold the intricate exterior façade topped with its "Glory of Commerce" statue and the enormous main concourse inside, its ceiling painted to depict the zodiac constell-ations. All crowned with the station's world-famous, four-sided brass clock (which, incidentally, runs a minute or so fast, to hurry commuters over to catch their trains).

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Woolworth Building

233 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Retail magnate FW Woolworth's office block became an instantly iconic part of the New York City skyline when it was built in 1913, and was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Architect Cass Gilbert's spectacular, soaring, neo-Gothic design recalls European cathedrals. Tours of the building are available and the breathtaking lobby with its marble, mosaics, stained glass and vaulted ceiling is worth the visit alone.

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The Atlas Clock

Tiffany & Co, 727 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022, 001 212 755 8000

Designed by architects Cross & Cross and opened in 1940, the seven-storey Tiffany flagship was embraced as the ideal home for the treasures of Tiffany & Co. Its stunning facade of limestone, granite and marble anchors the famous Atlas clock, a 9ft bronze statue of the mythic figure shouldering a clock some 4ft in diameter. The figure was sculpted by Henry Frederick Metzler, a friend of the store's founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany. Since 1853, it has adorned Tiffany's entrance — first at 550 Broadway and then other locations before arriving here. 

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2 | VISIT

Thom Browne

100 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013, 001 212 633 1197

Intentionally-slightly-too-small-suits game changer Thom Browne is ever in demand, from his wildly successful project with Brooks Brothers to his ongoing collaboration on the Moncler Gamme Bleu range, making his New York flagship store a must-visit destination. Conscientiously decked out like a plus-sized Fifties office with immaculately dressed staff on hand to help you navigate Browne's high-end, ready-to-wear and made-to-measure tailoring, it's a meticulous, ultra-cool extension of his meticulous, ultra-cool brand.

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The Whitney Museum

99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, United States, 570-3600

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The Whitney's lofty ambition – to tell the full story of twentieth-century and contemporary American art – has necessitated a recent move to new, twice as big digs situated between the High Line and the Hudson in Downtown New York.

In this beautiful new home you can see an unsurpassed collection and some of the city's most innovative and exciting exhibitions, where the special focus is given to living artists. The next three Whitney Biennials – a real cultural highlight in a city hardly short of them – will have Tiffany & Co as the lead sponsor, with the first opening in 2017.

Cornelia Spa

The Surrey Hotel, 20 E 76th Street, New York, NY 10021, 001 646 358 3600

The City That Never Sleeps™ does, nonetheless, offer superb opportunities for drifting into a blissful doze while being spectacularly pampered. The Cornelia Spa offers unashamedly indulgent treatments — the Honey Harmony body scrub, for instance, pairs finely ground French sea salts with artisanal honey. (Yes, that's artisanal honey, collected from multiple hives, so the bees don't get overworked; even insects can relax at the Cornelia Spa.) You could simply sip hand-blended teas and browse Taschen books while having a relaxing facial, but for the full Cornelia experience submit to a 90-minute Cornelia Signature Massage. Sure, it might be excruciating (massage options include Deep Tissue and Trigger Point), but you get a sorbet amuse-bouche at the end. Genuinely.

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3 | EAT

Breakfast at Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

London-born restaurateur Keith McNally's Parisian-inspired bistro, beloved of celebrities, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Much easier than securing a sought-after dinner reservation is a seat at breakfast. The generous menu offers something for all, from clean eating (eggs, green juice), to indulgent (sour cream-hazelnut waffles) or cutting loose (oysters and a Bloody Mary). If you're in a rush, the bakery has pastries and coffee to go, so there's no excuse for missing the Balthazar experience.

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Per Se

4, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, 001 212 823 9335

There's fine-dining, ultra-fine dining… and then there's Per Se. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant is owner Thomas Keller's New York take on The French Laundry (his similarly-lauded spot in the Napa Valley), and has been one of the world's most revered dining rooms since opening in 2004. With the nine-course, prix fixe menu (in which no ingredient is used twice) costing $325 plus supplements, it's the world's third most expensive restaurant. There has been some debate recently over its consistency — only one way to find out...

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All'onda restaurant

22 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003, 001 212 231 2236

Done well, modern Venetian cuisine is arguably the most gratifying of culinary experi-ences (see Polpo in London's Beak Street, or any of its many tentacles), and All'onda also doesn't disappoint. The Greenwich Village outpost offers elegant Italian cooking with Japanese influences (yes, Japanese) courtesy of Long Island chef-patron and critics' darling Chris Jaeckle, formerly of acclaimed French-Italian Ai Fiori. If dropping by for lunch, try the Parmesan dashi ramen. Settling in for dinner? Then loosen your belt and tackle the Hamachi crudi, risotto zucchini with pancetta, and sous vide-cooked short rib for two.

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4 | STAY

The Chatwal Hotel

130 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, 001 212 764 6200

Steeped in thespian history, the present-day Chatwal Hotel was once the site of the Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club, established in 1874. These days the hotel offers Manhattan luxury in opulent Art Deco surroundings. (The original interiors have been reimagined by Thierry Despont, design maven behind Claridge's and The Dorchester in London.) Once you've checked in, step out and take in a show — you're in the heart of theatreland, after all (bonus points if you can score tickets to the sold-out-until-2018 Hamilton). Then head back for dinner and drinks at the Lamb's Club restaurant, complete with red banquettes, fine dining and, if you're lucky, live jazz.

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Le Bain

The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014, 001 212 645 7600

The Meatpacking District offers many temptations but a night out at Le Bain is top of the list. Head up to the roof in the dedicated lift and you'll be rewarded with a young, hipsterish crowd, a DJ spinning deep house, and a spectacular view of the city and the Hudson River. Visit during the summer to take advantage of the indoor hot-tub (a vending machine dispenses board shorts). The Boom Boom Room, a bar on the same floor, offers a quieter but equally cool experience (and more gasp-inducing views).

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5 | DISCOVER

Q&A: Nicola Andreatta

Vice-president and general manager, Tiffany Watches

How did the Tiffany CT60 men's watch collection come about?

We knew from the beginning we had an opportunity for men, but it was never really made a key part of our offering. The global watch market today is 70 per cent men and 30 per cent women. We always wanted to talk to men, who would appreciate in a different way the craftsmanship and technical content. We have had a very, very good response.

What are you proudest of achieving?

That we've started to make a noise in a world that didn't belong to Tiffany. We've reached the world of watchmaking as a watchmaker, not as a jeweller making watches — which is a tremendous shift.

Tiffany & Co is a big part of American culture, isn't it?

It is. It's really in the cult of every American — Tiffany is very appealing from the first day you're born. Then you grow into the brand as you achieve more in life. That's something very specific to Tiffany & Co.

What's next?

We have a very good strategy for the next few years. We are going to introduce new variations to the existing collections towards the end of 2016 — new colours, new materials and new complications. Concerning the East West, we are introducing an automatic version as well. Many of our male customers said they were looking for something different. So, this one is a little bigger, but we're keeping the proportions the same. I can't tell you much more, but stay tuned.

The Tiffany CT60 watch collection

Clockwise from top: steel 25mm East West on blue alligator strap; rose gold 40mm CT60 on blue alligator strap; steel 25mm East West on black alligator strap; rose gold 40mm CT60 on black alligator strap

Tiffany CT60 watches are bold timepieces inspired by New York City. The collection takes its name from founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, inventor of the phrase "New York Minute". It was inspired by a Tiffany & Co gold watch given to President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1945. The collection merges extraordinary design and the highest quality materials with Swiss craftsmanship to create refined watches with classic character. Take the Tiffany CT60 Annual Calendar: its masculine understatement belies the complexity of its design. The month and date double-complication lends it vintage appeal while the sapphire crystal display case reveals the pedigree Swiss movement.

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