Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2013

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NEW YORK CITY Te summer months might be low season for travel in the Big Apple, but not even the sweltering heat can stifle the city's perpetual freneticism. Dine Maysville (17 W. 26th Street; is a bit of Bluegrass in the Big Apple. A native Alabamian, Chef Kyle Knall's standouts include the beet and quinoa salad, crispy grits with country ham and bourbon aioli, and smoked whole trout. Wash it all down with a dizzying array of bourbons available straight up, on the rocks or as part of a classic cocktail. Tables are coveted at Lafayette (380 Lafayette Street), a grand space reminiscent of Café de la Paix in Paris. A retail bakery and pastry shop up front caters to those taking their sweets and carbs on the go, while those looking to linger longer can enjoy Chef Andrew Carmellini's new French country cooking in the multi-level dining room. Tough billed as a lowly side, the truffled gnocchi with parmesan cream at The Arlington Club (1032 Lexington Ave; is easily one of the most memorable dishes I have enjoyed in recent memory. Located in the Meatpacking District, we sought out Toy (18 Ninth Ave; primarily for the scene – Jefrey Beers-designed interiors and aerial cirque du solei-style performances during dinner – and were pleasantly surprised to discover that the top-notch cuisine was not just an afterthought. For breakfast or a midday treat, pop over to the Doughnuttery inside Chelsea Market (425 West 15th Street; chelseamarket. com) for a pint-sized fresh-out-of-the-fryer treat. Chelsea brasserie Montmartre (158 Eighth Ave; is the sixth establishment for Gabriel Stulman's Little Wisco restaurant group and crowds pack the petite space. See Just around the corner from the Chelsea Market is an access point for the High Line, a sprawling public park built on an elevated freight rail line that runs from Gansevoort Street to West 34th between 10th and 11th Avenues ( The former home and studio of minimalist sculptor Donald Judd – the five-story cast-iron building at 101 Spring Street designed by Nicholas Whyte in 1870 – can be viewed as installed by Judd by appointment only following a three-year restoration ( From June 21 to September 25, 2013, the Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue; Guggenheim. org) presents James Turrell. The exhibition features a major new site-specific work, Aten Reign (2013), which reimagines the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic building as one of Turrell's luminous and immersive Skyspaces. Shop A canopy made of 25,000 paper bags are a focal point at Owen boutique (, which opened in May at 809 Washington Street in the Meat Packing District. More than 70 emerging men's' and women's' designers (many of which cannot be found elsewhere) happily co-exist with a carefully selected mix of established brands. Lavin opened its frst men's fagship earlier this year at 807 Madison Avenue. Comprised of threefoors, a plush VIP lounge is located on the top level. Stay Opened in October 2011, Hyatt 48 Lex is a boutique hotel property with 116 "pied-à-terre"-style guest studios and suites with foor-to-ceiling city views. A comfortable second foor Lexicon Lounge ofers club-level amenities for all guests from 6:30 a.m.-midnight as well as a 24-hour ftness studio and in-room spa treatments. Rates from $499 ( Te epitome of Bohemian chic, the Julian Schnabel-designed interiors of the Gramercy Park Hotel (2 Lexington Ave) are a favored haunt of the younger who's-who in music, flm and fashion. Hotel guests are given access to the hotel's Rose Bar until 9 p.m., after which time you have to be on "the list" (ask the concierge to pull some strings for you). Rates from $499 ( sl Opposite Page 1) Owen boutique. 2) Hyatt 48Lex. 3) Te Gramercy Park Hotel. 4) Chelsea Market. 5)An installation by Orly Genger in Madison Square Park on view through September 8th. 6) Trufed gnocchi at Te Arlington Club. 7) Lafayette. 8) Maysville. 9) Montmartre. 10) View from the High Line park. 11) TOY. 12) Gramercy Park Hotel. 49

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