A Guide to a NYC Weekend for the Ages

clockwise: greasers and rockers reign supreme on broadway. retro fried chicken gets a major glow-up. much-anticipated hotel moves into a gilded age estate. Tiffany has never gleamed brighter. – Photographs: Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.; Evan Sung for COQODAQ; William Abranowicz; contributed

Hop the train (or the Merritt) and head to the city for a weekend indulging in New York’s latest and greatest.

SHOP

Seeing Blue

The Audrey Experience

THE LANDMARK
727 Fifth Avenue; tiffany.com

When Holly Golightly got a case of the “mean reds,” she would cab it to that blue jewel on Fifth Avenue to cheer herself up. As the Breakfast at Tiffany’s icon famously said, “Nothing bad ever happens at Tiffany.” Holly would approve of the recent reimagination of the company’s flagship store. But renovation doesn’t do it justice. It’s now more than a store. It’s a landmark. Literally. It’s called The Landmark.

With video views of the Empire State Building and Central Park projected on the walls, glittering eye candy as far as the eye can see, original and commissioned paintings and sculptures, massive floral arrangements that are works of art in themselves, you’ll lose track of space and time and love every minute.

Take advantage of the Audrey Experience. This immersive installation includes the necklace Hepburn wore in the opening scene, a reproduction of the black dress from the House of Givenchy and the film’s Oscar.

Make a reservation at Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud’s Blue Box Café—a jewel-box café serving a decadent Afternoon Tea and an all-day a la carte menu.

Discover the Culture of Creativity exhibit, a curation of 70 works of art from the Peter Marino Art Foundation. Reservations are complimentary but required.

Throughout the ten floors you’ll find more than 40 works of art by renowned artists including Daniel Arsham, Jenny Holzer and Rashid Johnson. Also on display are the world-famous Tiffany Diamond recently reset to honor Jean Schlumberg’s iconic Bird of Rock design and the latest Tiffany masterpiece—a stunning necklace featuring a brilliant cut diamond of over 100 carats.

Holly sure had it right.

DINE

Colonel Sanders Who?

Not your grandma’s fried chicken

COQODAQ
12 East 22nd Street; coqodaq.com

From the team behind the Michelin-starred and James Beard-nominated COTE Korean Steakhouse comes the brand-new and impossibly chic COQODAQ. It’s like a club—but with fried chicken, caviar and an impressive champagne menu. Owner Simon Kim refers to it as his “fried chicken cathedral.” And with its glowing arches and decadent menu, we can see why. We could go on and on about the fusion of tastes and the Amish-raised chickens, but do you need more when you can dine on a bucket of gourmet fried chicken and Petrosian Royal Beluga caviar washed down with great champagne? Exactly.

how to get in: Reservations are released online two weeks in advance at 10 a.m. and will be competitive for the foreseeable future. You can, however, put your name in for a seat at the long bar—where it gets hectic—or at one of the high-tops by the entrance.

The stunning interior

STAY

Manner Born

THE FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL
1 W. 28th Street; thefifthavenuehotel

The Fifth Avenue Hotel recently opened on 28th and Fifth, by the Empire State Building and near trendy NoMad. Unlike many recent hotel openings, this gem is not part of a mega-brand. Flaneur Hospitality, a bespoke firm dedicated to intimate, personalized service, has been working on converting the former estate of legendary Gilded Age hostess Mrs. Charlotte Goodridge since 2014. The hotel evokes the global travels and languid lounging of the swell set. Founder Alex Ohebshalom has brought all his world travels and treasures under one roof for a very wabi-sabi effect. Picture a taxidermied crow at the bar alongside hand-ruched fabric flown in from Paris. Hemingway would have stayed here, if he could’ve afforded the $1,000 per night starting rate.

Imaginative details and lavish comfort are hallmarks of the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Café Carmellini, the hotel’s signature restaurant

DO

Rock of Ages

THE JACOBS THEATRE
242 W. 45th Street; outsidersmusical.com

GOLDEN THEATRE
252 W. 45th Street; stereophonicplay.com

Gen-X-ers rejoice! The Outsiders is coming to the stage of Jacob’s Theatre—the musical adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s seminal young adult novel. When Francis Ford Coppola produced the film version in 1982, he cast primarily unknown actors including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon. The stage production opened in previews in March and, given the rave reviews, is likely to launch the careers of a cast of actors who are almost all making their Broadway debuts. It seems fitting for a coming-of-age novel about the battle between the haves and the have-nots to launch a new cadre of actors to fame. For those who know the story, we look forward to “Stay Gold Ponyboy” trending on TikTok.

Millennials have “discovered” Fleetwood Mac and will love the musical Stereophonic, loosely based on the group. The band is trying to make its big album, but behind the scenes it’s falling apart. Will Butler of Arcade Fire wrote the music, which makes the predictable love-torn drama worth the three-hour runtime. The play by David Adjimi is a critic’s darling; Jesse Green of the New York Times says: “Adjmi ingeniously weaves sound and story into something as granular as it is operatic … It is a relentlessly compelling production by Daniel Aukin that has the grit of a documentary … as rich and lustrous as they come. You could even call it platinum.”

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