Welcome to Welge Travel Report's Manhattan city guide. Here you'll find the best of Manhattan. WTR's Manhattan map shows you the location of our favorite things to do in Manhattan - including the Met and MOMA.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Perry Street and what to order at Batard. Then you're off to Brooklyn for dinner at KCI.
Welge Travel Report Notables in Manhattan
Getting around in Manhattan
Public Transportation in Manhattan
WTR's Tony Transit says the best way to get around NYC is the Metro (http://www.mta.info/nyct). If it's not raining taxis are also plentiful.
Traveler Alert and a NYCMetrotip: If you are a Senior Citizen be sure to find out about and get an Easy Pay MetroCard Account. It’s a prepaid card that gives you big savings. For information call 1-877-323-7433. For all the info you need on getting around NYC go to (mta.info).
People Watching in Manhattan
Just about anyplace in Manhattan is great. WTR's Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" are the benches in Rockefeller Center or the fountain wall by the Seagram Building.
Beverages in Manhattan
Our Winnie Winesnob says the best wine in the world is in Manhattan. Winnie also reports that New York has hundreds of wineries that produce 200 million bottles of wine yearly. Close by are regions that include Long Island (liwines.com) and the Hudson Valley found on a more comprehensive website (newyorkwines.org)
Dining in Manhattan
One of our Carlota's favorite places for dinner is Gato - D: Nightly, 324 Layfayette St, 212-334-6400
The decor is stunning and the vibe is electric. We suggest at least one order of the Choose 3 menu. It's fun and a good way to check out the kitchen. Some choices are: Wild Mushrooms with ricotta and hazelnuts, Duck Liver with cranberries and Polenta Crusted Oysters.
Entrees include Tarragon chicken, Rabbit, Porterhouse pork chop and Red Prawns.
Your dessert is the Fig Crostata and the '10 Nebbiolo is a good wine choice.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Manhattan
WTR's Shauna Showtime says check out the listings in the Times and The New Yorker to find the best nightlife in Manhattan.
Shopping in Manhattan
WTR's Shari Shopper says the best shopping in Manhattan is on Fifth Avenue, 57th St. and Madison Avenue.
Amtrak - (www.amtrak.com) - Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Botanically Yours in Manhattan
Our Greta Gardner says these gardens are the best for our horticultural friends.
- Wave Hill – Tu-Su, Nov-Mar 14: 9-4:30, Mar 15-Oct 31: 9-5:30, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue (Front Gate), Bronx, 718-549-3200, Wave Hill is a public garden, which is very different from a park. Gardens are all about experiencing nature—flowers, plants and trees that are carefully cultivated and arranged.
- The New York Botanical Gardens – Tu-Su: 10-6, Jan-Feb: 10-5, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, See spectacular seasonal exhibitions inside a landmark glasshouse that also features a tropical rain forest and cactus-filled desert with plants and discover the 50-acre Forest, Rock Garden, Home Gardening Center.
Recognition for Manhattan
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Manhattan
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: MOMA
Now to June 3, 2018 see Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil
Though she is widely celebrated in her native country, this is the first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to Tarsila’s groundbreaking art. Featuring over 100 works, including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and historical documents drawn from collections across Latin America, Europe, and the US, Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil is a rare opportunity to explore the work of this daring modernist