Lifestyle & Parenting

Mad about Manhattan

May 28, 2009

From sleeping in SoHo to dining in the Financial District, our New York
City itinerary is a juicy bite of The Big Apple.

The Mercer is a fashion industry haven; splurge
on a loft suite at this SoHo gem and feel like a real New Yorker. (Tip:
book through Tablet
and get a free upgrade upon check-in based on availability).
With the best service of any NYC hotel we’ve ever stayed at (great
reservation scores by the concierge and reasonable airport transfers),
we couldn’t get enough of the prompt room service courtesy of
Jean-Georges Vongerichten and complimentary amenities including cashmere
throws on our king, mini-bar treats, indie DVDs and magazines (W,
Vogue, Bazaar). 147 Mercer St., New York,

Venture down to Wall Street’s new favourite
investment banker meets hipster haunt, The
Libertine at Gild Hall
. We loved celebrity chef Todd English’s
lighter take on the traditional fish and chips and devoured the juicy
Berkshire pork chop with schnitzel. Packed with the usual Financial
District types, we recommend ordering an English pint and sitting pretty
while the players come to you (such a change from the Canadian quiet
types!). 15 Gold St., 212-785-5950, New York,

eat more
Head to Inoteca
Vino e Cucina
on the Lower East Side for paninis and 10 different
kinds of bruschette. The restaurant also boasts 600 different bottles of
wine but the unassuming atmosphere makes for a casual dining experience.
Inoteca, 98 Rivington St., New York, 212-614-0473,

One space+65 designers=Edge
. From precious stone pieces by Desideri
to ruffled tops by B
Artise Originals
there are plenty of one-of-a-kind items to make
your fashionista frenemies very jealous. 65 Bleeker St., New York,



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