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Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week: “Where Spring Begins…2015 Collections”

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Carolina Herrera. Badgley Mischka. Betsey Johnson. Tory Burch. Hervé Leger…say no more. When the red carpets and white tents blossom in Bryant Park and Lincoln Center, it can only mean one thing: Fashion Week in NYC. There’s nothing quite like Autumn in New York.

The Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week is in full swing at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (63rd St. and Columbus Avenue). Each season, #NYFW showcases some of the season’s most anticipated and exclusive designs. Truly it is a week of fashion heaven. Need we say more?

During Mercedes-Benz fabulous fashion week in New York City, located near the Lincoln Center, stay at Hotel Belleclaire from September 4 – 11, 2014. What’s a fashion event without freebies – All guests will receive an EXCLUSIVE trunk show from Stella and Dot and FREE manicures from Pretty Please Nail Polish and Citymani. Even our front desk agents will join you by showcasing some of Stella & Dot’s designs throughout the week. Adding some bling to an outfit always wins you some style points and delivers more attitude.

Become a Style Setter and stand out in style in this fall 2014’s trends:

This season is all about knits. This trend works best in neutral tones.

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Furrrr Real: A winter classic.

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Try some pretty palettes for your coats. Turtlenecks are definitely in this fall/winter.

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Norse Code: Robe Coats and wild prints

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Try out Bold Colors and Patterns:
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It’s all about the box-y shaped bags…

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As they say, “Good things come to those who shop smart” ;)

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Ice Cream Summer Social 2014

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                          “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. To celebrate the last dog days of summer, we are hosting an Ice Cream #SummerSocial for our guests! Cool off with a free cup or cone on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 near the entrance of @HotelBelleclaire, located near Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. Complimentary ice cream treats will be served by Mister Softee from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Guests, friends, and team members are welcome! Feel free to post pictures and tag us onto our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and Pinterest)! Book your room today at http://www.hotelbelleclaire.com/reservations to enjoy the last days of summer with us at our #SummerSocial. Now, who’s up for a cherry-dipped ice cream cone? :)

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Feel at Home in NYC with Belleclaire’s Luxurious Amenities

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Other than the geographic location, travel is all about amenities. Amenities distinguish comfort from discomfort, pleasure from frustration. Located on the Upper West Side, the historical Hotel Belleclaire’s 240 rooms and suites, provide classic charm with modern home conveniences for their guests. Experience is no longer just about the beauty of a hotel and superb service provided by its staff, yet is increasingly becoming more about the ‘little’ things that make a certain place special and different from the rest. Located near Central Park and Lincoln Center, Hotel Belleclaire offers amenities to make lifetime memories and that leave their guests with a lasting impression.

The Hotel Belleclaire proudly offers:

1. Complimentary in-room and lobby high-speed wireless Internet

Free Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming more of a need in hotels. A 2013 survey by Hotels.com verified that 34% said free Wi-Fi is the number 1 factor in choosing a hotel on leisure stays; 56% of respondents said free Wi-Fi was their number 1 must-have when traveling for business.

2. Media Lounge equipped with arcade games and Mac computers

Our state-of-the-art media lounge features over 10,000 arcade style games, 27-inch Mac computers, a printing station for boarding passes, Flyte Pass (veryify and purchase airline tickets), and a charging dock.

3. C.O. Bigelow Amenities

Hotel Belleclaire offers luxurious C.O. Bigelow Bath amenities, which is the oldest apothecary in America, since 1838. C.O. Bigelow’s bath amenities add a unique touch of NY sophistication to our guests.

4.    Complimentary Refreshment upon arrival

5.    Hypoallergenic pillows, comforter, and luxurious Frette linens

6.   Plush luxurious robes

7.   Mini refrigerator in all guest rooms, with an option of mini-bar items

8.   Daily newspapers

9.   DVD player with complimentary dvd movies (Parlor & Family Suites)

10. Microwave in room (Family Suites)

11. Overnight shoeshine

12. 24-hour Fitness Center

Complimentary use of our 24-hour fitness center is available to all guests.

13. In-house City Experts concierge

14. Convenient Upper West Side New York hotel location 

Hotel Belleclaire is located in a magnificent, cultural and residential Upper West Side neighborhood. Our hotel is located near top attractions throughout NYC: Central Park, Riverside Park, American Museum of Natural History, and Lincoln Center to name a few.

15. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Coffee Bar in Lobby

Hotel Belleclaire is pleased to partner with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; serving the world’s most vibrant coffee and tea flavors since 1963; with hours of operation on weekdays from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and weekends   7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      

16. Broadway Meeting Room

Plan conferences, board meetings, seminars and other corporate events with Hotel Belleclaire. Our professional Upper West Side meeting space is suitable for up to 12 guests and can be arranged in classroom or boardroom style. The venue is equipped with a 70-inch Smart TV and Wi-Fi for full connectivity. Cotering, coffee and tea service is available.

UWS Meeting Space Features:

  • U-style seating
  • Classroom or boardroom style
  • Up to 12 seated guests
  • Coffee/tea service
  • 7” Wireless Touch Panel
  • 70” LED HD Smart TV
  • Laptop Hookup to TV via HDMI
  • Cat6 high-speed Internet hook up
  • Polycom conference phone
  • Apple TV for wireless connectivity to view iPad and iPhone screen on TV
  • Hubbell Floor Box with voice video and data connections
  • Marantz Hi-Fi audio system with multiple Internet radio stations
  • Marantz 3D Blu-ray player

17.  Newly Opened Mille-Feuille Bakery

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A newly opened French bakery, Mille-Feuille, opened around the corner from Hotel Belleclaire. Mille-Feuille (or “Napoleon” in English) is a famous dessert enjoyed throughout the world. Its literal translation means “a thousand layers or pages”. Guests can enjoy these delicious French pastries Monday through Friday: 7:00am- 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am-8:00pm.

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We know your travels have just begun when you arrive at our check-in desk, and we’re committed to making sure your stay with us is pleasurable and memorable.

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Kickin’ Summer Off with Top Sporting Events of 2014

Summer is officially here! In continuation of our summer events blog, this week, we are going to focus on the exciting sporting events that are taking place this season. So get your #jerseys on and support your favorite team!

World Cup 2014: June 12 – July 13

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Soccer, also known as football in Europe, is the most popular sport in the world. Fans worldwide are going wild for the FIFA World Cup, which occurs every four years. Although the actual games take place in Brazil, as I walk past bars and restaurants in #NYC, you can’t help but notice the cheers coming from the indoor and outdoor crowds, all rooting for their national teams; hoping to win and advance to the next round.

All the excitement has started before the games have even begun. A huge hype broke out called the “Paninimania”. The collectable Panini sticker frenzy that soccer fans are going crazy over is for the set of 639 #Panini stickers – one for each player from the 32 country tournament. It’s an adrenaline rush; collectors purchase the $2 albums at local stores (Modell’s Sporting Goods) and fill them with stickers that come seven to a package and sell for $1 each. Beware of duplicates; they do occur and can be traded amongst collectors. The sticker phenomenon has been going on for decades; however, it just started to become a trend in America, while the popularity for soccer continues to grow.

So, the million dollar question is, who do you think will take the #WorldCup this year?

 

Wimbledon: June 23 – July 6

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Wimbledon – the most prestigious and the oldest, grass-court tennis tournament in the world; is held in London, since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (others being US, French, and Australian Open), that takes place over two weeks in late June and early July.

As a recap from last year, Andy Murray became the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s title since 1936…now that was a massive win for England.  As the multiple champion Rafael Nadal just won the French Open, he is looking to win the title back, including his top contenders Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer.

Maria Sharapova, who won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 10 years ago and just won her second French Open championship, is considered Williams’ top challenger at Wimbledon. Who knows, maybe they could end up on a draw?

Which male and female will take the cake this #Wimbledon tournament?

 

MLB All-Star Game: July 15

The 85th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, also known as “Midsummer Classic”, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, selected by fans for starting fielders, managers for pitchers, and managers and players for reserves.

The game will take place on July 15 2014, and will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This will mark the third time the Twin Cities have hosted this big event and will be televised on FOX…now, let’s play ball!

 

The US Open: August 25 – September 8

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Welcome to the US Open – one of NYC’s hottest summer sports events that is held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY for two weeks. The best players in tennis face off at one of the biggest and most exciting tennis events of the year…definitely a perfect afternoon or evening of entertainment. The matches are played on hard courts and this year, for the first time in history, both Men’s and Women’s tournaments will be played in the same year and on the same course.

Want to come and see Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams return to defend their titles? Book early for the very best seats! Tickets to the US Open are popular and sell out fast. Tickets range from below $100 to the upper hundreds, and the stadium can be accessed via the 7 subway line and other public transportation.  Stay at #Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located on the Upper West Side, in the cultural and residential heart of NYC that is within easy access to the subway to get to your destination at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, NY. Now, I’d say, that’s a match! :)

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“Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”

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Summer officially begins this upcoming Saturday; hallelujah! It’s safe to say us New Yorkers were waiting a long time for the winter weather to end and for summer to finally arrive. Now, get those ray bans out and jet set to NYC for the #summer. Manhattan has an eventful summer planned for you! If you plan ahead, you can still snag some great deals on flights to New York. Located near top attractions in #NYC, #HotelBelleclaire is running a #summersavings promotion where you book three consecutive nights and receive the fourth free! Just in time for the great weather and ongoing events throughout the city. There is plenty to do that is free and fabulous!

Here is a roundup of some of top events in NYC this summer you want to miss. Also, don’t forget to check out Hotel Belleclaire’s monthly calendar of events to help you plan out your whole season!

 

1. HBO’s Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come watch films with your fellow New Yorkers at Bryant Park. Bryant Park is a public park right in the middle of the city in Times Square. Every summer, they have a series sponsored by HBO that features classic films for FREE. It has gained popularity over the years and a word of advice: you have to get to the park several hours before show time, or else you may not get a seat. Seating starts at 5pm on the lawn. It will continue every Monday night until August 18th, finishing with The Shining. For the complete list, visit http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html.

 

2. Central Park SummerStage

Summerstage has been such an essential part of the NYC experience. It showcases performances of outstanding artistic quality. All SummerStage shows go on RAIN OR SHINE. Most of the shows are free and on week nights and weekends, but there are some benefits at cost. SummerStage takes place at Rumsey Playfield, enter Central Park on 69th and 5th Ave. Set to take stage this summer are the Neon Trees, Counting Crows, Gavin DeGraw and Ingrid Michaelson, to name a few. For the full schedule, visit http://www.summerstage.org.

 

3. Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is one of one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. Launched by The Public Theater, the series has grown in popularity over the years and the best actors in the world, such as Liev Schrieber, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and so many great actors come to perform the world’s best plays to a mass audience…all for free. Keep in mind that the tickets are distributed in Central Park and at Summerstage at 1pm the day of the show and the lines do get busy early. You have to plan to spend several hours waiting in order to secure a pair. Nonetheless, it is worth every effort. Watching Shakespeare under the stars in Central Park is a one and only experience you can only have in NYC. The schedule can be found at http://www.publictheater.org.

 

4. Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Starting from June 24 until July 12th, Midsummer Night Swing celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year! If you’re a dancer or simply enjoy dancing, this is the event for you! Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park turns into one big open-air ballroom party, whether you are a seasoned dance-floor devotee or a complete newbie, Midsummer Night Swing has moves to show you, from Disco to vintage Swing, from Salsa and Calypso to Golden-Age Jazz. To celebrate 25 years of getting people dancing, MSNS welcomes new names and good old friends, who may still teach you a few new steps. You get a dance lesson and several hours of dance to music by a live band. If you don’t want to pay the $17 for a single ticket (or $84 for a set of 6 lessons), you can stand on the outskirts and watch (where there’s room to dance, too). After you work up an appetite on the dance floor, stop by the Hill Country Barbecue Market stand for tasty sandwiches, chili, and more. Information can be found at http://midsummernightswing.org.

 

5. Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest & 4th of July Fireworks

The 4th of July celebrations kick off with Frankfurter fanatics who chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters will battle to see who can eat the most buns and hot dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals.

In the evening, it wouldn’t be the 4th of July in NYC without the annual Macy’s fireworks show. The fireworks in NYC are simply put, spectacular. This year, the show is moving from the Hudson River to the East River. The fireworks will be launched from three barges in the East River, and from the Brooklyn Bridge. The best viewing spots will be from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and along the east side of Lower Manhattan. If you plan on heading to where the action is, arrive by 5pm to snag a good spot (the light show starts at 9pm). For more information, visit macys.com.

 

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6. NYC Restaurant Week
Tourists and hungry New Yorkers flock to participating restaurants for this NYC food fest, offering more than 20 days of bang-for-your-buck, 3-course meals. Nearly 300 restaurants will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38 (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities). Past restaurants have included Benchmark, Boulud Sud, the Cecil and Nobu. (2014 dates will be announced shortly). Go to http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

 

7. The High Line

One of the newest and best sites in NYC, and completely free, is the High Line. Located near the Meat packing district and Chelsea market, the High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) New York City park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. It has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and is ideal for an afternoon of relaxation. There are lounge chairs to lie on under the sun and read a book or chat with your friends. The newly expanded park hosts dance performances, art installations and more. For a complete listing, visit http://newyork.timeout.com/things-to-do/1212413/high-line-events-summer-2011.

 

8. The River to River Festival

The festival will take place from June 19th until the 29th; a total of 11 days, 35 projects, and 90+ artists. Since 2002, River To River has become a foundation of the Lower Manhattan culture, providing an experience at the waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks, and other sites downtown. This year, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will present the 13th annual festival, where they will showcase well-known and breakout artists from New York City and beyond.

 

9. Warm Up – MoMA Festival

MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up 2014, a New York summer staple beginning on June 28th and taking place every Saturday this summer through September 6th. In its 17th year, MoMA PS1’s highly anticipated Warm Up outdoor music series continues its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs—both local and international—across a range of genres.

 

10. Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

Madison Square Park heats up with this annual barbeque, meat-eating party. Top masters from across the country–Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, BlackJack Barbecue in Charleston, SC–and local joints like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Hill Country will dish out wood-fired creations. Seminars, cooking demos and live music round out the festivities.

In the summertime, the city empties out considerably. While NY residents flock to the beaches in the Hamptons, it’s easier to get into restaurants, see the best shows on Broadway and get into popular exhibits at the Met and MoMA. The city is yours; you don’t have to worry about getting in anywhere. NYC is simply fantastic in the summertime.

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s daddy’s turn now!

Every year, we struggle with the same question: “What should we get for dad this year?” Personally, I know  I do. With three other women in my household,  one always beats you to either his favorite cologne or favorite polo t-shirt or blouse.

So, what might you get him then? Well, don’t fret. Below is a list of gift ideas (if a family member hasn’t  already beat you to it):

 

1.    Take your father out to brunch or dinner; they love to be “wined and dined” too!

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Dining Options (on the Upper West Side):

  • Papparadelle: 316 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023:

Calling out to all Dads! Let us pamper you with personal service and scrumptious father’s day specials besides our a la carte menu.

  • Atlantic Grill: 49 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

Join us on Father’s Day and enjoy some of our specials that have been chosen specifically to meet the standards of every father’s pallet!

  • ‘Cesca:

Celebrate Father’s Day with a fantastic special prix-fixe menu featuring a 45 Day Aged Porterhouse at $75 per father! Served June 13 – 15, 2014.

  • 5 Napkin Burger: 2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Join us on Father’s Day for specials on Sunday, June 15th, 2014!

 

2.   Celebrate Dad with a fun toy: the iPad or iPad mini from the Apple Store.

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If you also want to be creative, you could throw in a personalized photo book. (apple.com)

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You’ve captured the best moments, now it’s time to share them in an unforgettable way. Choose a theme from your iPhoto book browser and let it do all the work (cropping, framing) for you. Soft covered books also available.

Additional cool gadgets that’ll make Dad proud: Apple TV, Nike + Fuelband SE, or GAME GOLF Digital Tracking System

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3.    Having people over? Help cater with Fairway’s Market Delicious Catering Menu

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4.    Art of Shaving: Father’s deserve the Perfect Shave! Enjoy $35 off The Art of Shaving Lexington Gift Sets.

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5.    End the Father’s Day Sweetly!

  • Magnolia Bakery: 200 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Thank Dad for all his hard work with a delicious box of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with edible tie decorations. Happy Father’s Day!

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  • Sugar and Plumm (Purveyors of Yumm): 377 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Make Dad’s day with a game of catch, then eat the baseballs afterwards! Sounds like a win-win.

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To all you lucky father’s out there, this day is all about you; so put down the tool box where your wife has kindly nagged you to fix the little nooks around the house and enjoy it! Don’t worry, it can be postponed until next weekend! ;)

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A NYC Wedding Destination Near Central Park

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Make your wedding dream an amazing and an unforgettable reality in New York City! With all the planning underway, from flowers to cake and everything in between, finding a romantic location is one of the key ingredients; the Upper West Side is known for its iconic wedding venues. We invite you to consider Hotel Belleclaire which is within easy reach to the most famous and beloved urban park in the world; Central Park and the historical Loeb Boathouse.

When planning your wedding at one of these distinct locations, choose Hotel Belleclaire for your wedding guests to stay nearby all the action. We can assure that they will appreciate not just being so close to the venue, but also our comfortable rooms, our wide range of luxurious amenities offered onsite, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a media lounge equipped with Mac computers, refreshment upon arrival, a 24-hour fitness center and in-house concierge.

Still not set on a venue? Consider the legendary corners of Central Park, the perfect backdrop to your most important day. Choose among the Conservatory Garden, Ladies Pavilion, the Pond, Cherry Hill, Cop Cot, Belvedere Plaza, Wagner Cove and Summit Rock.

The Loeb Boathouse is also just a short stroll inside the park, a magical destination of timelessness and romance. Melding the urban cityscape with lush natural surroundings, there’s certainly no destination like this one.

We’re happy to help you plan your big day. Submit an RFP or call us at (212) 362-7700.

 

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“Taking a Bite of the Big Apple”

 

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Welcome to New York City – a concrete jungle paradise with an endless variety of food available that’s differentiated by quality, type, style, and price range. There are enough restaurants in #NewYorkCity for one person to eat out every night for 54 years and never visit the same place twice – simply, incredible. Dining in Manhattan is and will always be an experience. Conveniently located near Central Park, Hotel Belleclaire places you in the most desirable locations so getting wherever you need to go is easy and delightful. We have gathered the top 10 fantastic dining options throughout NYC that will take your taste buds on an adventure. Next time you visit Manhattan, try one of these great restaurants; you only live once. Bon appétit!

Juni

Hotel Chandler, 12 East 31st Street, NYC; 212-995-8599 www.juninyc.com

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From acclaimed Australian chef, Shaun Hergatt, Juni is a boutique restaurant located at the Flatiron District’s Hotel Chandler. In its simple elegance, the produce-focused restaurant, serves up to 50 seated guests in an intimate setting. The idea behind the cuisine is nature; to preserve the natural beauty and flavor on the plate. The name Juni is originated from the Latin word for “June”; known as the height of the growing season. Chef Hergatt’s fresh cuisine takes one on a journey of flavors through a seasonal menu; offering diners tasting menus of 4, 6, or 10 courses. Recognized by The Daily News, New York Times, Zagat, and Esquire, the restaurant with its innovative dishes, heightens the diners experience.

Triomphe

The Iroquois New York, 49 West 44th Street, NYC, www.iroquoisny.com/triomphe

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A French restaurant located in Midtown’s Iroquois New York Hotel, Triomphe combines modern tranquility and authenticity near Times Square. Not only is Triomphe a locally beloved Midtown restaurant, it has drawn positive attention from the critically acclaimed, New York Times, New York Observer, and Crain’s New York Business, to name a few. While seated in an elegant environment, the beautifully, intricately detailed ceiling is awe-inspiring.  Triomphe also has an intimate ambience, making it a perfect choice for pre-theatre dining. At the Triomphe restaurant, diners will discover and be seasonally inspired with touches of fresh, tasteful French flavors. By combining classic French techniques and showcasing fresh American ingredients, the restaurant celebrates each element of its cuisine. From a lobster, steak, red snapper filet to crème brulee trio, brownie and white chocolate mousse cake, are just to name a few of their dishes in the current Spring 2014 menu. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, the Chef crafts an enjoyable and an unforgettable experience just for you.

Tavern on the Green

West 67th Street and Central Park West; NYC tavernonthegreen.com

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Built in 1870, the legendary Central Park staple, Tavern on the Green, has reopened on April 24th, 2014 after a two year restoration. Located near Hotel Belleclaire, on Central Park West at W 67th Street, The Tavern on the Green promises an extraordinary tasting menu, relying on high quality ingredients where the food is sourced from local vendors. Under a new control of a Philadelphia team, Jim Caiola and his partner, David Salama, promise to make food and New Yorkers their priority. “I want Upper West Siders to use it as their restaurant,” Caiola told the New York Daily News, creating a more “Old New York” design. Instead of the glitzy chandeliers and the white tablecloths, now, the space includes dark wood, exposed beams and a modern “New American” menu, created by chef Katy Sparks. Come and experience the new, Tavern 2.0, with its brunch and lunch menus opening in May 2014.

Loeb Boathouse

East 72nd Street and Park Drive North, NYC http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/lakeside.php

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Another one of Central Park’s iconic restaurants, The Loeb Boathouse, is situated next to the park’s prettiest lake on East 72nd Street and Park Drive North. With the option of indoor or lakeside seating, the Boathouse Restaurant is an excellent choice for a relaxing evening. Named in honor of the Loeb family, the romantic Boathouse offers boat and bicycle rentals, Venetian gondola rides, and even an exquisite dining experience overlooking views of the Lake and the Park’s beauty. Boating on the Lake has been a popular summer activity from the Park’s earliest days. The restaurant is a well-known café and an event venue; where there is a formal dining room and a popular cafeteria that even has a welcoming fireplace during the winter.

Ocean Grill

384 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 www.oceangrill.com

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Located directly across from the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side, Ocean Grill has and continues to be a local favorite. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening or a celebration. The restaurant is composed of two dining spaces; where one resembles a luxury liner with round windows looking into the kitchen and the other a candle-lit lounge with a more intimate ambience. Indulge yourselves with fresh sushi, a menu of grilled fish, a crab cake blt, truffle parmesan fries, or a crab crusted Mahi Mahi. Ocean Grill allows their diners to create their own meal, provided with a daily list of their grilled fish and specialty sauces.  Top off the evening with a delicious dessert; either vanilla bean crème brulee, banana split, chocolate and peanut butter dome, or sorbet.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W. 125th St at 12th 10027 https://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/

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Situated in the West Harlem neighborhood in a two-story brick building next to the Hudson River, a nationally acclaimed blues venue, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, is famous for their selection of sauces. These sauces have won honors in Men’s Health Magazine, Eat Well Magazine, and according to Good Morning America, their BBQ was named number one. Originally opened in 1988 in downtown Syracuse, it specializes in authentic barbecue, using a wood-fueled barbecue pit.

Pier I Café

500 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023 http://piericafe.com/

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Looking for a dining treat along the Hudson River? Enjoy a casual menu, open air, scenic river views and dramatic sunsets in the newly constructed Riverside Park South. Whether you’re looking to start your day here by sipping a latte at the coffee bar or are interested in ending your night here by enjoying a glass of white sangria, this is a venue that should not be missed.

BOBO

181 West 10th St NYC 10014 http://bobonyc.com/

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Open for nightly dinner and brunch on weekends, BOBO serves classic French food, seasonal cocktails and sustainably produced wines from family-owned vineyards. While the menu is extensive, the first thing you’ll notice about BOBO is the cozy design both in the dining room and outdoor patio.

La Birreria

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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Located in Manhattan’s very own Italian market, Eataly, La Birreria is a rooftop restaurant and brewery that offers high quality beer and food under the stars and skyline. The retractable roof and heaters keep this venue open in all seasons, but is a special treat during the spring!

The High Line

On the High Line at West 15th Street
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A unique treat, come experience an outdoor food court that features a variety of artisan food vendors. Officially opening on April 19, 2014, The High Line is an experience that should not be missed. In 2013, vendors included Blue Bottle Coffee, Brooklyn Soda Works, Delaney Barbeque SmokeLine, La NewYorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, The Taco Truck and Terroir at the Porch.

 

 

 

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“Swing Into Spring in NYC!”

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Birds are chirping, temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer…alas spring is here! It has been a tough winter here in NYC, but we have made it! The time has come to start planning for this beautiful season. Come to NYC for a fun-filled Spring Break! Need a place to stay? Not to worry; stay at Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located near top NYC attractions and we have a versatile NYC spring activity guide made just for you!

1. The NYC Spring Music Festival: March 2014

The NYC Spring Music Festival will be a month-long festival providing many options to music lovers, at venues across New York City. Musicians of all genres, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, gospel, latin, electronic, and hip hop are invited to participate. Funds generated through the NYC Spring Music Festival will go to support Education Through Music (ETM), New York City’s premier nonprofit dedicated to partnering with inner-city schools to provide music education as a core subject throughout the school year.

2Fan of Baseball? Check out the Yankees at the Game Day Opener: April 7, 2014

The Bronx Bombers play their 2014 season-opening game against the Orioles. Start time for the game is at 1:05 p.m. on April 7th.

3. Explore Central Park: Starting April

A picnic on Sheep Meadow (midpark, from 66th St to 69th St; enter at Central Park West and 67th St) or a row about the pond (Loeb Boathouse, Fifth Ave at 72nd St; 10am–5:30pm; beginning in April; $12), or take in some outdoor art; these will allow you to explore iconic destinations throughout the park.

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4. TriBeCa Film Festival: April 16, 2014

The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees!

5. NY International Auto Show: April 19, 2014

See tomorrow’s hottest cars before they hit the streets at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This high-octane event is North America’s oldest and most attended auto show, featuring the most innovative automotive technology, the hottest exotics, the latest in green technology and more.

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6. NFL Draft: May 8-10, 2014

The NFL Draft is a high-drama annual event, where football fans and sports reporters can watch their favorite college players get selected for—or rejected by—professional teams. Seating is extremely limited at host site Radio City Music Hall all three days, so be sure to line up early (we recommend the night before) to snag a wristband before they’re gone.

7. The 9th Avenue International Food Festival: May 17-18, 2014

The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination, the festival runs from 42nd to 57th streets. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the course of the two day festival weekend.

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8. Enjoy Music Concerts: April – May, 2014

Enjoy live music and sing your hearts out to Billy Joel, Miley Cyrus, Armin Van Buuren, Lady Gaga, Cher, or the Celtic Woman.

9. New Taste of the Upper West Side Food Festival: May 27-31, 2014

A cocktail event under the stars to celebrate and raise funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. With proceeds benefiting the park, this festive occasion in a beautiful setting will have live music and feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chris Wyman (Corvo Bianco), Maria Loi (Loi Restaurant), Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto), Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s), Matthew Oetting (Caffè Storico), and Rodney Mitchell (Calle Ocho).

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10. NY Skyride and Empire State Building Observatory

NY Skyride is a virtual tour of the city presented on the second floor of the Empire State Building. This combination package includes a skip-the -line ticket to the 86th floor observation deck. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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“The Triumph Key to New York City”

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Headlining News:  A new hotel brand in New York City has officially launched: the Triumph Hotels. The six, family-owned NYC distinctly characteristic and boutique hotels, The Iroquois NY, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Gershwin, & The Washington Jefferson, have joined forces into one historical luxurious brand. With nearly 1,000 rooms in its portfolio, Triumph invested $50 million in renovation and has refreshed the historical hotels over the last couple of years.

Now, one might ask, how rich is the history within the unique, Triumph Hotels?  For instance, a number of famous guests were known to stay in this collection of hotels, including James Dean (The Iroquois), Abraham Lincoln (The Cosmopolitan), Babe Ruth and Mark Twain (Hotel Belleclaire), and Leona Helmsley (Hotel Chandler)!

In this upcoming year, Triumph Hotels plan to add new hotels to the brand and will introduce a brand loyalty program and will offer brand-wide rewards, packages, and promotions to enhance the guest experience.

With our key to New York City, Triumph allows our guests to explore and enjoy each hotel’s diverse NYC neighborhoods: Upper West Side, Theater District, Midtown, Flatiron, NoMad, and TriBeCa. Through this new launch, there’s always room for celebration. Triumph Hotels present you your very own “Key to NYC” package, where guests unlock some of the greatest NY experiences in the city that never sleeps.

In this celebration, a guest can choose any one of six complimentary NYC experiences OR a one way pick-up at one of the 3 major airports. The six notable neighborhood experiences include: (Brace yourselves; the decision isn’t going to be an easy one):

Upper West Side: Hotel Belleclaire

Step outside and enjoy a relaxing, picnic day in Central Park with $75 worth of packaged delicious snacks and sandwiches from NYC’s famed eatery, Zabar’s and a branded Triumph blanket in hand. Add some sunshine and I’d say you’ve got all the key ingredients to a memorable afternoon.

Theater District: Washington Jefferson

Want to know what it really feels like to be on stage in one of the most spectacular shows in the world? Get the ultimate insider scoop at the Radio City Music Hall with two tickets to the City Stage Door Tour. You’ll get exclusive behind the scenes access and a meet-and-greet with a world famous Rockette. Top off the evening at an authentic Italian restaurant, Maria Pia, with a $50 voucher for a delicious Italian meal and a glass of wine or two. Bon appétit!

Midtown: Iroquois New York

Experience double the magic at Top of the Rock with two tickets to the Sun and Stars tour. You get one of the best views of the city (from downtown all the way to the Bronx) during the day, and again under the bright city stars.

Flatiron: Hotel Chandler

Why see some of the city on ground when you can take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of all NYC has to offer from the iconic Empire State Building?! With these two VIP Main Deck Express Passes, you will get to skip-the-line and have access to the 86th floor observatory. Now, that’s what we call a view. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

NoMad: The Gershwin

Hit the town in the latest neighborhood in the Big Apple, NoMad. Play, Eat and Drink with a $20 gift card to join the fun at celebrity-owned SPiN Galactic; $50 to Eataly NYC, the expansive Italian marketplace with pasta, gelato and more; and $30 for artisanal coffee and craft cocktails in a fun atmosphere at PLAY Café.

TriBeCa: Cosmopolitan Hotel

Bike the streets of the Triangle Below Canal with two 24-hour Citi bike Gift Certificates, stopping along the way to window shop at boutique and designer stores or stroll the European-esque cobblestone streets. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot Hugh Jackman at his charitable Laughing Man Coffee & Tea shop where you have $20 to spend before using your two tickets to a movie at the Tribeca Cinemas, which has gained fame for being part of the TriBeCa Film Festival each year.

To learn more, visit www.triumphhotels.com and book your stay today!

Triumph Hotels welcome you with open arms to one of the best cities in the world. As the legendary Sinatra once said, “I want to wake up in that city that never sleeps!”  We rest our case.

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