New York

Whether it is for the New York Film Festival starting this weekend on the Upper West side or the Indian summer vibe, New York should be on your autumn travel list. Stay for three days, or a week if you can, and dip into IRMA’s favourite places. Read more…

This casual eatery in Manhattan’s newly hip NoMad neighborhood has the look and feel of a farmhouse in the Italian countryside – think terra-cotta tiles, brass accents and jars of pickled vegetables lining the walls. The menu focuses on light Italian fare made with seasonal ingredients, such as braised artichoke with mint aioli and roast chicken with cherry mostarda.

It’s vegan, it’s kosher, and it donates all profits to charity. You can feel good about dining at this upscale vegan restaurant in the Theater District which features delicious plant-based dishes like fennel tartine with cashew cream and a fabulous veggie burger – dishes that are kind to the body and the earth.

An homage to the jewel boxes of vinyl in Japan, this tiny basement bar has two seven-course omakase seatings each night and allows guests to choose a record to be played while dining. Before your seating, have an aperitif at Air’s Champagne Parlor, or swing by after 10:30 pm, when a DJ takes over and it becomes a cosy place to drink sake and listen to music.

This brand-new hotel in the NoMad district is a feast for the eyes with custom-dyed fabrics, hand-painted wall tiles, brass fixtures, walnut shelving and oak floors for a cosy yet modern aesthetic. The in-house coffee shop is great for a morning coffee and the lobby bar with intimate seating nooks lovely to relax. Oh, and did we mention the rooftop bar?

Decorated by the one and only Nan Kemper who is known for her fun British style, this boutique hotel is set on a quiet cobblestone street in Soho. It manages to be both elegant and a bit quirky, a reflection of the neighborhood. The loft-style rooms with floor to ceiling windows have fabulous city views.

None other than the great Robert de Niro is behind this Tribeca gem. Beautiful rooms are all different, with hardwood floors and unique bathrooms fitted in Carrara marble or colourful Moroccan mosaic tiles. The Shibui spa with its beautiful, lantern-lit pool is an oasis in the bustling city, and there is no better place to dine in the area than Italian eatery Locanda Verde.

The Museum of Modern Art’s first fashion exhibition in over 70 years looks at the larger role fashion plays in our lives. On exhibit are 101 iconic fashion pieces, as diverse as the Wonderbra, the little black dress and a pair of Elton John’s platform boots, as well as culturally charged items like kippahs and burkas.

What can be relaxing in a bakery tucked away in an arcade of a Tribeca office lobby? It’s the simplicity of pure pleasure when it comes to baked goods and bread. Some even say this is where you can get the best croissants and baguettes in the city. Their puff pastry is delicious, too, and for lunch it’s all about their flatbread pizza.

Is there a better place to relax and escape in a busy city like NY than in between thousands of books? The New York Public Library offers such an escape in a grand setting: The beautifully renovated Rose Main Reading Room with its chandeliers is a truly majestic place to read a book or newspaper. And if you glance up, you can see the murals of billowing clouds.

Sister establishment to the original London retail venue, this multi-level concept store developed by Rei Kawakubo features installation-like spaces and pop-ups. Set among a cool industrial background of concrete floors and bare walls is the latest from Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, Maison Margiela, Marni, Proenza Schouler and more.

AEDES Parfumery
This little jewelry box of a store in the West Village brings together a multitude of little known and hard to find fragrances from small perfume houses as well as their own line. In addition to perfumes you can also find a curated selection of scented candles at this opulent shop.

Michael and Rick Mast are pioneers of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. They source the cocoa, then roast the beans in Brooklyn, before the bars are hand-wrapped in beautiful paper. The Mast Brothers’ artisanal chocolate house blend is delicious, as are chocolate pairings created with partners such as Stumptown Coffee, Maine Sea Salt, and Crown Maple Syrup.