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İskender Paşa Mh., Ahmediye Cd. No:44, 34080 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
We wandered into the Faith district and we were rewarded with the gift of a chicken, stuffed with rice and cooked for two hours at Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi. Our meal started like any other, with cold mezes brought to the table to choose from. But...
540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA
The restaurant at Loews Regency was long famous as the scene of New York power breakfasts. Political and business leaders would regularly be seen here, shaking hands and making deals. Since the restaurant reopened, it has reassumed its familiar...
540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA
A staple among Upper East Side hotels since it opened in 1963, the sophisticated Loews Regency reopened in early 2014 after an extensive renovation. With a Park Avenue address and location convenient to Central Park and Manhattan's best museums,...
540 Park Avenue, Fl. 2 inside Loews Regency Hotel, New York, NY 10065, USA
Loews Regency's spa is not one of those sad affairs too common to too many hotels, with two treatment rooms tucked into a corner of the property. Instead the hotel can boast that it's home to the Julien Farel Salon & Spa, the flagship of Julien...
540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021, USA
Immediately adjacent to Loews Regency, the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar is one of the latest outposts of this popular group of New York, by way of Milan, restaurants. The original Milan restaurant opened in 1936, and there are now three others in...
New York, NY, USA
Manhattan can, famously, feel like endless rows of apartment blocks and office towers for most of its length. At least above 14th Street, a regular grid of streets and avenues, bisected only by Broadway, has transformed the city into a dream for...
754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
Head a block and a half west from Loews Regency, then turn left on Fifth Avenue, and you'll soon be at Grand Army Plaza. The Plaza hotel and an Apple store (open 24 hours) face each other across the space, while one of New York's most famous...
Seagram Building, 375 Park Ave, New York, NY 10152, USA
Eight blocks south of Loews Regency on Park Avenue, you'll find two works of modernist architecture that shaped the landscapes of cities around the world. The Seagram Building, seen here, was completed in 1958 and is master architect Mies van der...
Grand Army Plaza, New York, NY, USA
To date, New York's popular Citibike program has yet to extend north of 60th Street. If you are staying at Loews Regency, however, you need only walk two blocks to the south and you'll find a Citibike station at Grand Army Plaza. Whether you want...
325 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
New York's Gothic cathedrals—St. Patrick's and St. John the Divine—may be more famous, but Park Avenue has its own monumental church, St. Bartholomew or, more commonly, St. Bart's. The portal was commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II when the...
1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA
The phrase "jewel box" may be overused when referring to exquisite galleries and museums, but there's no better way to describe the Frick Collection, at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue. The early-20th-century neoclassical mansion facing Central Park,...
660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA
Barneys started out in the 1970s selling suits in Chelsea, at 7th and 17th, before expanding into the chain of stores it is today, with over 40 locations. The flagship of the luxury retailer, with some 275,000 square feet of designer clothes,...
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—or, commonly, the Met—is one of the world's great museums, alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, and a handful of others. It would be easy to devote an entire week's visit to the museum alone, and...
225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
The JP Morgan Library's grand, old-world elegance immediately transports you to turn-of-the-century New York. And at that time, there was almost no one more powerful than financier JP Morgan. He launched U.S. Steel and even served as the...
47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Early this spring, I had an hour to kill in Manhattan, so I ducked into the Grolier Club, America's oldest bibliophilic society, where I saw a fascinating exhibit devoted to Wunderkammer, the cabinets of curiosities that originated in 16th-century...
421 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065, USA
First constructed as a carriage house in 1799, then converted into a hotel in 1826, the Mount Vernon Hotel is not only one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan but also a fascinating slice of what life was like in NY C back when this part of the...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York, NY 10128, USA
Central Park is a perfect urban oasis that in many ways represents the heart of New York City. Convenient location, lush natural beauty, and the diversity of people and activities is why it is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. And if you...
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