Ice Skating in New York City

Ice skating is one of those activities that you assume is limited to small towns with hometown hockey teams and their corresponding hockey rinks – but it turns out, there are plenty of places to ice skate right here in New York City. Soon after Thanksgiving, the city goes into full on holiday mode, and one of the perks (besides the famous Rockefeller Center tree, the holiday store window displays and the amazing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall) is the plethora of ice skating rinks that open up around Manhattan.  Some of the more popular rinks include Wollman Rink in Central Park, the rink at Bryant Park, and of course, the rink at Rockefeller Center, below the giant Christmas tree.

Says the Central Park website of Wollman: “ Skating on Wollman Rink is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike – so many people have tied up their skates for the very first time on this very ice. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition here in Central Park – as old as the Park itself. The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. That same winter, it filled with skaters. Soon after, skaters filled the 59th Street Pond as well. A century later, these water bodies closed to skaters. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman. With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. You can see why Wollman has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity.”

Wollman is certainly one of the more famous rinks in the city, and for good reason, but the Bryant Park rink isn’t too shabby either. The Pond at Bryant Park, as this rink is called, is Manhattan’s only free place to skate. One of the city’s most treasured destinations, this rink spends the entirety of the holiday season twinkling with Christmas lights, encased by the beautiful Public Library. The Pond also boasts a Christmas tree around holiday time, and performances on the ice are a popular activity for families and visitors alike.  

Last but certainly not least is the rink at Rockefeller Center – this too is a famous rink. The rink at Rockefeller Center typically opens Columbus Day weekend and stays open through early April. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center first opened on Christmas Day in 1936. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center can accommodate approximately 150 skaters at a time and the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.

While ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you’re paying a premium to be able to say you ice skated at Rockefeller Center — despite the small ice skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere.

Looking for a great place to stay while you visit New York for the holidays? The Mark Hotel is luxurious and comfortable, and is perfectly located just steps from Central Park’s Wollman rink and all the shopping and dining that the Upper East Side has to offer.

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Holiday Season at Rockefeller Center

New York City during the holidays is a gorgeous, romantic and glorious place to be. The city that never sleeps kicks into even higher gear come Thanksgiving, and being here over Christmas is positively magical. One of the most famous Christmas sites in New York is that of Rockefeller Center, where the large Christmas tree is a favorite holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. The first Rockefeller Christmas tree was put up way back in 1931 by the construction workers who were in process of building the complex. The first official tree-lighting ceremony took place in 1933, and the rest is history. These days, the tree is the most famous Christmas evergreen in the United States. Each year, the manager of Rockefeller searches near and far for the perfect tree. With over 30,000 lights to be hung, the chosen tree is usually between 75 and 100 feet tall, towering above pedestrians and spreading Christmas cheer to all those who come to see it.

The tree has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season in New York. It’s lit during an official tree lighting ceremony shortly after Thanksgiving every year and generally stays lit through the beginning of January. However, the tree is really just the centerpiece of the action. Rockefeller Center is also decorated with herald angels, the wire-sculpted angel pictures that have decorated the landmark since 1954. Of course, you’ll also find a plethora of lights and the picturesque scene of the ice skaters just below the tree.

Looking to visit New York during the holiday season? The Mark Hotel offers luxurious, comfortable accommodations on the Upper East Side, just steps from all the action that the city has to offer. Book your room today – the holidays will be here before you know it!

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Polo Ralph Lauren Flagship Store Opens on 72nd and Madison

After two long years of construction, Ralph Lauren’s 22,000 square foot, four story flagship store at 72nd Street and Madison is finally open, and boy, it is a sight to behold. The store, which has been built to resemble a mansion, will be the brand’s largest women’s sore and will feature not just clothing but also jewelry and lingerie. In addition, the top floor of the building will feature a home section, gloriously presented in the form of a modern luxury apartment. Lauren himself has openly stated that one of his main goals was to create a spot where tourists could shop, opining to the New York Times, “Big cities have international people. Tourists come wanting to buy souvenirs.” Those looking for a sartorial slice of Americana will not be disappointed with the store’s offerings – but while there are $159,000 necklaces to satisfy the wealthy, the brand has not forgotten it’s bread and butter – the polo and khaki folks.

In this sense, the flagship store has accomplished a multi-pronged approach. It’s glamour and design, as well as the architecture of the old-money mansion itself, will appeal to those visiting the city and hoping to obtain a sense of the brand’s bravado. Polo built the new store to resemble a classic New York mansion – a mansion of days gone by, the kind of private home you rarely see here anymore – and resemble a classic New York mansion it does. Polo has long had a store across the street at the Rhinelander mansion, but this new building gives the brand room to grow and expand. It also gives the tourists looking for a hint of American luxury the experience they’re looking for.

Those looking for the more attainable price point might be disappointed. The signature casual American style that the brand is famous for – the style that is carried in Macy’s and Lord and Taylor stores across the country, is nowhere to be seen in the store. The fourth floor is built out to resemble a model apartment, right down to the flower arrangements on the tables. The third floor houses casual lines not carried in department stores; the second, the Purple Label line, which offers runway clothes. The first floor is dedicated entirely to handbags, shoes and baubles. Nowhere will you find the chinos, sweatshirts and popped collared shirts with the famous Polo horse – these, after all, don’t offer the degree of luxury that the brand is hoping to convey in the new store.

Tourists visiting the city and hoping to do some serious retail damage on the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue will not be disappointed with the brand’s newest retail store. As every good flagship knows, it’s all about making a statement – and the statement here is that Americans can do luxury just as well as anyone else. If you’re looking to take home a piece of Americana, this is where to shop.

Looking for a convenient place to stay while you take Madison Avenue by storm? The Mark Hotel is luxurious, comfortable, and offers the perfect central location to all the best of New York City. Book your room today.

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Shopping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

There’s really nothing like shopping in New York – especially on the Upper East Side. Long known as one of the most prestigious and charming neighborhoods in New York, the Upper East Side is full of luxury boutiques and big name department stores. You’ll find just about everything on Madison Avenue, from Michael Kors and Tiffany and Co.; Barneys New York to Bloomingdales. You’ll also find one of the coolest Apple stores around, as well as Hendri Bendel, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman…the list goes on and on. Those on a budget will appreciate big box fast fashion stores such as H&M and Zara, which can also be found on Fifth Avenue – but the real glee is to be found in wandering up and down Madison and Fifth window shopping. Even if you can’t afford anything inside, seeing the window displays are an experience unlike any other.

Below, just a few places we recommend.

  • Bloomingdale’s, 1000 3rd Ave. (☎212-705-2000; www.bloomingdales.com), at 59th St. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St. Founded in 1872 by 2 brothers, Bloomie’s is “not just a store, it’s a destination.” This huge high-end emporium—occupying 9 floors, 2 subfloors (with an entrance in the 59th St. station), and a full city block—invented the designer shopping bag (“big brown bag,” anyone?) in 1961. It turned Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Fendi into household names. If you can survive the mobs of dazed tourists and shoppers, you’ll love getting lost here. Personal shoppers are available for the financially endowed and the stylistically challenged. 40 Carrots Cafe offers a wildly popular frozen yogurt for $3.75. Open M-F 10am-8:30pm, Sa-Su 10am-7pm.
  • Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave. (☎212-826-8900; www.barneys.com), at 61st St. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St.; N, R, W to 5th Ave./59th St. An exclusive department store known for finding relative unknowns and turning them into cutting-edge designers. Armani suits, Balenciaga bags, Prada galore—you get the idea. Barneys is hardly for the frugal shopper, though sales and markdowns do happen, and sample sales are frequent enough to tempt even the most stingy. Displays, done in a stark, minimalist aesthetic are practically works of art. Did we mention they have a spa too? Open M-F 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-7pm, Su 11am-6pm.
  • Encore, 1132 Madison Ave. (☎212-879-2850), at 84th St., 2nd fl. S 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. This magnet for discerning shoppers has been selling new and gently used designer clothing for 50 years. These are still not cheap clothes, but you might find a new $3000 Armani suit selling for $700, or a pair of Manolos for $100. Chanel suits from around $300, and designer denim from $14. Open M-W and F 10:30am-6:30pm, Th 10:30am-7:30pm, Sa 10:30am-6pm, Su noon-6pm; closed on Su from July to mid-Aug.
  • Jan’s Hobby Shop, 1435 Lexington Ave. (212-987-4765), betwen 93rd St. and 94th St. S 6 to 96th St./Lexington Ave. In the middle of the Upper East Side museum-and-clothing-boutique country lies an oasis of model airplanes, toy soldiers, kites, and remote control boats. These diversionary pleasures can be cheap (kites $5.50) or as expensive as the neighborhood (1/35th scale German, WWI era railroad gun, $800). Open M-Sa 10am-6:30pm, Su noon-5pm.
  • Argosy Bookstore, 116 E 59th St. (☎212-753-4455; www.argosybooks.com), between Lexington and Park Ave. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St. This 6-floor bookstore, established in 1921, specializes in old, rare, and out-of-print books. You’ll also find autographed editions, original letters by authors, Americana, book covers, bookends, and antique maps and prints (from $3). Racks of $1 books outside. Open Sept.-May M-F 10am-6pm, Sa 10am-5pm; June-Aug. M-F 10am-6pm.

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    Central Park: New York’s Green Oasis

    Central Park, otherwise known as New York City’s green oasis, is a sight to be seen. The park first opened in 1857 on 770 acres of land, long before New York became the urban playground that we know it as today. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park. Construction began that year and was completed in 1873 – still long before the park began to resemble what it is today. Central Park was surprisingly not designated a National Historic Landmark until 1963. Today, it’s managed by the Central Park Conservatory under contract with the city’s government. The park, which receives a staggering twenty-five million visitors annually, is the most visited urban park in the United States.

    While the foliage in Central Park appears natural today, it is actually almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that were artificially created, as well as extensive walking paths, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool during New York’s scorching hot summer months) and more. There’s also a large area of natural woods, a 106-acre reservoir around which people can run (you’ve probably seen this in the movies), and an outdoor amphitheater that plays host to the famous “Shakespeare in the Park” festivals.

    There’s also the Belvedere Castle that also contains a nature center, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, as well as the historic carousel. You’ll also find tons of green grassy areas, which during the days are populated with playing pedestrians and sports teams. Central Park also boasts a number of enclosed playgrounds for young children. Automobile transport in the park is banned after 7PM, and during the day, the drivers share their lanes with bikers, joggers, and roller bladers.

    A visit to Manhattan without a visit to Central Park isn’t a complete one. For more information on Central Park, click here.

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    Upper East Side Museum of the Month: The Frick Collection

    When people think of museums on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and the famous “Museum Mile”, they tend to think of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – but there are a great deal of spectacular museums in the neighborhood besides the Met. Each month, we’ll highlight a great Upper East Side Museum to check out during your stay at The Mark. This month, we’re featuring the lesser known but just as incredible Frick Collection. The Frick, as many call it, is housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion of Henry Clay Frick (the building itself is a sight to behold) and offers the opportunity to view Frick’s personal collection within the confines of his former residence.

    Inside, you’ll find famous works by Renoir and Rembrant, as well as period furniture and sculptures. In short, a visit to The Frick is a change to get an inside peek at the life of a wealthy New Yorker. The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue. To get there, take the 6 train to 68th Street. Walk west to 5th Avenue and then north to 70th Street.

    More about The Frick Collection

    The Fifth Avenue mansion that houses The Frick Collection was built in 1913 for Henry Clay Frick, a successful steel and coke fuel industrialist.  It was designed by Thomas Hastings, and was built at a time when almost everything above 59th Street on 5th Avenue was a private mansion. Located amidst the wealthy, Frick’s mansion’s goal was to be more opulent than all those around him – and he succeeded, with private gardens on both the avenue front and in an interior courtyard. Hence, the house alone is worth a visit.

    Today, The Frick Collection is one of the preeminent small art museums in the whole of the United States, thanks to its collection of old master paintings and fine furniture, which are housed in 16 galleries within the formerly occupied mansion. The paintings in many galleries are still arranged according to Frick’s design, though some new works have been purchased by the collection and arranged in a complimentary manner. The collection features many of the best known paintings by major European artists, as well as numerous works of porcelain and sculpture.
    Included in the collection are Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s masterpiece, The Progress of Love, three paintings by Johannes Vermeer including Mistress and Maid, and Piero della Francesca’s St. John the Evangelist.

    An audio of the building is included in the cost of admission, and is recommended, as it offers a wealth of insight into both the works of art and the mansion itself. With the audio tour, a visit to The Frick Museum will take around two hours.

    The Frick Collection Admission Price:

    Adults $15; seniors $10; students $5

    Pay what you wish Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Children under 10 are not admitted to the collection; children under 16 must             be accompanied by an adult

    The Frick Collection Hours:

    Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Closed Monday and holidays

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    Staying on the Upper East Side

    The Upper East Side has always been, and will likely continue to be, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city of New York. While many visitors to New York opt for the famous Plaza Hotel, which has routinely been popularized in film and on television, another hotel is taking its place as the preeminent place to stay. The Mark Hotel, which was built in 1927, is housed in a landmark building just one block from Central Park. It sits at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Reimagined for the 21st century, The Mark blends old world comfort with avant-garde design and technology. The hotel, designed by Jacques Grange, combines French styling with the immaculate service beloved by those across the pond in England. The finishing touch? This is America, after all – so The Mark boasts the best of modern technology and comfort.

    Each suite and room at The Mark Hotel is luxurious without being ostentatious – it is a hotel with class – the kind you hope to stay in when you’re away from your own home. Rooms boast Italian bedding, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and shoe shining from John Lobb comes standard. All furnishings in the hotel have been personally selected or designed by Grange himself, and mimic the Parisian luxury of the 1930s with pale colors and soothing tones. Grange has managed to perfectly marry the chic Parisian sentiment with the stylish and out of the box thinking of art deco – a standout part of the hotel is the black and white tiled lobby.

    Already, The Mark is becoming a destination, not just a place to stay. Hairstylist to the stars Frederic Fekkai has established an in-house salon within the hotel, and room service comes from Jean Georges Vongerichten’s downstairs restaurant, The Mark. Not just a hotel eatery, The Mark Restaurant has quickly become popular with the locals, who love it for its sophisticated comfort food. The restaurant also features a bar, where a few cocktails and a handful of pretty young things have made it the hottest place uptown.

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    October Events on the Upper East Side

    The Upper East Side has always been, and continues to be, one of the most prestigious  neighborhoods on the island of Manhattan – and for good reason. It boasts some of the world’s best shopping, dining and entertainment options. From world-class museums to luxury clothing stores, you’ll never lack for something to do in this neighborhood, which also boasts the lower portion of Central Park. Staying at The Mark hotel in October? Here are some events you might enjoy – if you can tear yourself away from your luxurious hotel room.

    National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?

    Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum – 2 E. 91st St. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Featuring the most cutting edge designers of contemporary culture, the exhibit showcases everything from the XOXO One Laptop per Child laptop and a…

    Daily (ends January 9)

    Vasily Kandinsky: Beginnings

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    An exhibit devoted to Kandinsky, a celebrated 20th century Russian artist, comes to the Guggenheim

    Daily

    The Thannhauser Collection

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Impressionists’ classics on view at the Guggenheim

    Saturdays : 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

    Sundays : 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

    Comic Strip Live stand-up

    Comic Strip Live – 1568 Second Ave. – New York (Yorkville)

    Stand-up comedy on the Upper East Side

    Fridays : 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:59 p.m. [starts at 12:30 AM]

    Saturdays : 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:59 p.m. [starts at 12:30 AM]

    Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

    Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Nature-based artwork from the late New York artist

    Daily (ends October 17)

    Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry

    Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    Fish-shaped lamps from noted architect/designer

    Daily (ends October 31)

    Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism

    Neue Galerie New York – 1048 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    The first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to the late 18th-century Austro-Bavarian sculptor

    Daily (ends January 10)

    Lee Friedlander: America by Car

    Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Photography from Lee Friedlander, taken during a cross-country trip in a rental car and using the car’s mirrors and windows as framing devices.

    Daily (ends November 28)

    Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism

    Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    A look at how the feminist movement, which began in the 1960s and exploded in the 1970s, touched all aspects of popular culture, including…

    Daily (ends January 30)

    Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy and Germany, 1918-1936

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    From the Parisian avant-garde of Picasso and Fernand Lger to the legendary German Bauhaus, the time between the two World Wars of the 20th century…

    Daily (ends January 9)

    Intervals: Ryan Gander

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Take in the latest “elusive scenarios” from popular artist Ryan Gander in “Intervals: Ryan Gander,” from October 1 -January 9, 2011.

    Daily (ends January 9)

    92Y Talks: David Plouffe: The Audacity of Winning

    92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    One of the major players of the Obama 2008 presidential campaign discusses the election process.

    October 9 : 7:30 p.m.

    Evening Lecture: Leo Castelli and His Circle

    Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    Via the organizers: Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. Until recently, Castelli’s life as an Italian Jew had…

    October 7 : 6:30 p.m.

    ‘This is Where I Leave You,’ a book discussion with Jonathan Tropper

    Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Tropper, discusses his most recent novel, This is Where I Leave You.

    October 14 : 6:30 p.m.

    The Zombie Code: Author Signing

    Barnes and Noble – 150 E. 86th St. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Book discussion and signing for new zombie-themed book

    October 11 : 7 p.m.

    92Y Talks: Investment Strategies for the Individual Investor: Jim Cramer

    92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    The “Mad Money” host offers investment tips in the 92Y’s investment series.

    October 12 : 8 p.m.

    92Y Talks: Dialogues with Design Legends: Frank Gehry

    92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    The world-famous architect talks with New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

    October 13 : 8 p.m.

    92Y Talks: Ed Koch and His Legacy

    92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    The former NY mayor talks about his legacy with his official biographer, Jonathan Soffer.

    October 18 : 8:15 p.m.

    92Y Talks: Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth l David Hyde Pierce

    92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    The “Frasier” actor and Broadway star discusses his return to the stage with producer Jordan Roth.

    October 24 : 7:30 p.m.

    Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT

    Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Via the museum: “Jenny Holzer’s pioneering approach to language as a carrier of content and her use of nontraditional media and public settings as…

    Daily

    Literary Lives: The World of Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller

    New York Society Library – 53 East 79th Street – New York (Upper East Side)

    The first-ever exhibition devoted to these two extraordinary literary figures

    Daily (ends January 31)

    Sara Vanderbeek: To Think of Time

    Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

    “Semi-abstract photography” based on sculptural forms

    Daily (ends December 5)

    Dominic Huber’s ‘Hotel Savoy’

    Goethe-Institut New York – 1014 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    An interactive performance of Joseph Roth’s novel

    Daily 5:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. (ends October 31) [No shows Mondays or Tuesdays]

    Daytime Lecture Series: Shifting Crossroads: Feminism, Art, Modernity and Difference

    Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

    This three-part lecture series addresses the challenges encountered by women artists from the Renaissance to the modern era

    Mondays : 11:30 a.m. (ends October 18)

    John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey

    The Carlyle Restaurant – 35 E. 76th St. – New York (Upper East Side)

    Jazz music via the famous couple

    Tuesdays : 8:45 p.m. (ends November 2)

    Wednesdays : 8:45 p.m. (ends November 3)

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    Dinner at The Mark Restaurant

    Since it’s opened, the Jean Georges hotel at The Mark Hotel has garnered a great deal of press and praise. Below, we’ve gathered some quotes. Check out what people are saying about the restaurant – and more importantly, who’s been spotted there.

    The New York Times

    Mr. Vongerichten’s great genius used to be how he used the spare aesthetics of Asian cooking to improve classical French cuisine. Then it became how he used the lessons of that experience to raid other larders, and to create steakhouses and street-food emporia, Japanese noodle bars and market-driven French bistros.

    Now he opens hotel restaurants all over the world. This one is hardly a risk. But it is a welcome addition to the Upper East Side.

    The Village Voice

    Vongerichten’s menu is comprised of “comforting, everyday food to contrast the refined ambiance,” which means he and his team are working to “reinvent and perfect the rustic, classic dishes from my childhood in France.”

    Those dishes include the Croque M., which the chef describes as “a cross between a croque monsieur and croque madame.” The key to his gender-bending version, he explains, is to “make a Mornay sauce with gruyere and comte, then spread it on slices of fresh pain de mie. I do a triple-decker version with Flying Pig Farm ham, comte, and gruyere, then broil it with a quail egg on top. Delicious.” Based on that description, one is inclined to believe him.

    Peaked your interest? Check out the menus below.

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    Afternoon Tea at Jean Georges Restaurant at The Mark

    When one thinks of afternoon tea, a New York City hotel, no matter how chic, isn’t what comes to mind. What comes to mind is a cozy, slightly chilly afternoon on the cobblestone streets of London, a city full of places to “pop in for a spot of tea.” London, with its dreary weather and age-old traditions, has long been famous for its afternoon tea – and it’s a tradition that many others have attempted to replicate. The latest place to replicate the tradition? The Mark, a beautiful boutique hotel located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Mark is a landmark building originally built in 1927 – but rest assured, it has been brought firmly into the future. Gorgeous, colorful interiors that are at once modern and traditional are trademarks at The Mark, and the hotel goes to great pains to ensure that the comfort and luxury doesn’t just stop at the guest rooms.

    Inside The Mark, you’ll find the Jean-Georges restaurant, which features a menu specially crafted by Manhattan’s pre-eminent chef, the award-winning Jean Georges Vongerichten. The latest addition to the offerings at The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges is afternoon tea – and what a wonderful tea it is! While “Full Tea” – which is the traditional British way of taking afternoon tea – is available, the menu also features a variety of small bites, from English Cucumber and Cress sandwiches to Jalapeno Cheddar Scones. You’ll also find a selection of loose teas and sparkling wines by the glass. If there is one thing the British do well, it’s tea – and it seems that The Mark does it well too. You might not be able to skip across the pond every afternoon for the real thing – but there’s no need to travel when you have the option of afternoon tea at The Mark Restaurant.

    View the menu by clicking here
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