Home to some of New York’s most iconic sights, Midtown Manhattan is a must-see destination during a visit to the city. For an off-the-beaten path experience, venture beyond Times Square and Rockefeller Center and get to living like the locals do. Within a few blocks’ radius of Conrad New York Midtown, you’ll find some neighborhood favorites for your resident-approved itinerary:

Enjoy Skyline Views at Cantina Rooftop

No visit to New York City is complete without a rooftop experience. While in Midtown, head over to Cantina Rooftop, a year-round sky-high oasis offering sweeping views of the City accompanied with modern Mexican cuisine by acclaimed chef Saul Montiel. The menu features traditional “antojitos” to start off, along with a variety of decadent tacos and hearty entrees. Pair your meal with refreshing margaritas or mezcal-ritas from the specialty cocktail menu. If you’re stopping by for brunch, catch the perfect lighting to snap an Instagram-worthy photo with the canopy of colorful umbrellas adorning overhead.

Go Shopping at The RealReal

Featuring women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion to fine jewelry, watches, fine art and home decor, The RealReal curates the world’s largest and most trusted marketplace for authenticated luxury. Dedicated to making luxury sustainable, TRR gives new life to luxury goods while offering fashion and design lovers access to top designers including Hermès, Cartier and Rolex.

At its Madison outpost – one of just 17 across the country – NYC fashionistas shop a curated selection of the consignment retailer’s most coveted pieces directly in-store. It’s a splurge you’ll feel good about!

 

Eat at an Authentic Restaurant, Try Milos

To explore like a local, one must eat like a local! For a New Yorker approved meal, dine at Estiatorio Milos. A gem on 55th Street for 25 years, Milos offers a Mediterranean gastronomy experience by internationally renowned chef Costas Spiliadis. Indulge in a seafood forward menu featuring ingredients of the highest quality, prepared traditionally with nods to its Greek heritage. Stop by on a weekday and dive into the three-course lunch menu to sample a myriad of Greek favorites, or take it up a notch for dinner and enjoy fresh daily delicacies from the raw bar, grilled whole fish, lobster, and lamb chops paired with authentic side dishes.

 

Go to an Art Museum, That is a Little Less Known

Located at Columbus Circle, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an under-the-radar destination for art aficionados, showcasing works that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. Founded in 1956, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Take an afternoon to unwind with the museum’s rotating line-up of immersive collections by international artists. If a guided experience is more your jam, 45-minute docent tours of the exhibitions are offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours are free with admission, no pre-registration necessary!

 

Visit Central Park in the Early Morning

Take a break from the bustle of the city and find a little peace in Central Park. Just off 59th Street, the pond at Central Park is a charming oasis surrounded by the 4-acre Hallett Nature Sanctuary and one of seven natural bodies of water found here. Enjoy the morning stillness before crowds flock in and climb up the nearby cluster of rocks which offers the perfect lookout with views of the cityscape. Then, head to Bethesda Terrace, another famous location within Central Park. The arched staircase that leads to the fountain makes for amazing photos, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch tunes performed by local musicians projecting from below the bridge.

Explore Midtown like a local and make sure to find your perfect suite at Conrad New York Midtown.

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