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La Compagnie, the business class-only airline, flies to New York
Newark Airport from London Luton six days a week from £1,100 return.
WHERE TO STAY
The New York Edition, double rooms from £474 a night including taxes.
THE UPSTATE EXPERIENCE
City life beginning to get to you? � en head to Lowlife on the
Lower East Side, where pine-panelled walls, handsome leather
banquettes, patterned cushions and a menu brimming with
Catskills ingredients will transport you to upstate New York
(where co-owner Hugh Crickmore's brother owns a farm). � e
short and snappy seasonal menu will take you even further a eld,
with its emphasis on Japanese avours and beautiful presentation:
acorn squash with maitake and house-made tofu, black bass
with mussels and matsutake, chicken yakitori with scallion and
smoked cabbage are typical of the output of talented chef Alex
Leonard, ex of two-Michelin-starred Blanca.
178 Stanton Street; lowlifenyc.com
Even if you don't eat here, check out Le Turtle's trippy website,
which gives a hint of what you'll nd inside: velvet and leather
furnishings illuminated by neon lights, and sta in grey jumpsuits
going about their work to a soundtrack of French hip-hop.
What's probably New York's best whole roast chicken is the star
turn, paraded to your table on a bed of burning hay before being
returned to the kitchen to be carved into crisp and
juicy slices; elsewhere on the menu oxtail with
celery breadcrumbs and fresh horseradish, and
kohlrabi bisque with lamb belly, smoked cabbage
and pickled mustard seeds win points for creativity.
177 Chrystie Street; leturtle.fr
THE ESSENTIAL HOTEL RESTAURANT
Squaremeal favourite Jason Atherton opened his
rst US restaurant, � e Clocktower, at the New
York Edition hotel last year. Drop in for dinner
of tuna tataki and North African spiced Colorado
lamb, with maybe one last milk punch in the Gold
Bar, then stagger back to your room. Ours had a
picture postcard view of Madison Square Park and
a corking view of the Empire State Building. � e room itself was
the acme of modern comfort, all oak oors and white furnishings,
with piles of pillows festooning a bed you won't want to leave, and
cult beauty favourite Le Labo in the bathroom.
5 Madison Avenue; editionhotels.com/new-york
CLOCKTOWER PHOTOS: ELLIOTT KAUFMAN, NIKOLAS KOENIG
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: THE NEW YORK
EDITION KEEPS TIME OVER MADISON SQUARE
PARK; PUDDING PERFECTION AT LA SIRENA;
EXQUISITE PRESENTATION AT LOWLIFE;
INSIDE JASON ATHERTON'S CLOCKTOWER