Who says women get to have all the pampering? Tucked inside a penthouse on New York City's Madison Avenue, with no signage to indicate its existence, Hommage Grooming Atelier leaves its customers clean-shaven and luxuriously refreshed. Upon arrivial, your shoes are whisked off your feet to be shined (replaced with slippers) and an espresso or whiskey is placed in your hand. Regulars are treated to a monogrammed locker where a drink-of-choice and other personal items can be stored. With a masculine design scheme that makes you feel like Don Draper could be lurking around the corner, Hommage Atelier is fast becoming the new home of Gotham's most luxurious (and well-shaven) men. Go to globomaestro.com for more insider travel videos and tips.
Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: A trip to the library may not be high on your to-do list this summer—unless you find yourself in New York City. At La Biblioteca de Tequila, books are replaced by bottles of Mexico's finest, which line the shelves of this legendary subterranean tequila bar. The library concept doesn't stop there: customers are free to "check out" their favorite brand by purchasing their own bottle, which is then stamped with an ID card and subsequently locked away for safe keeping. Tequila isn't the only menu item (though you'll have your pick from about 400 bottles): Chef Richard Sandoval's creative Latin-fusion street food—like the special tuna wanton tacos—is another reason to stop in.
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Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Say hello to the new New-York Historical Society. For years New York City's oldest museum was perhaps best known for the placement of a hyphen between "New" and "York" in its title (a common usage during the museum’s founding in 1804). While steadfastly holding on to its own history, the New-York Historical Society has transformed into a cultural powerhouse thanks to a recent three-year $70 million renovation. Exhibitions are enhanced by shrewd uses of new technologies, from touch-screens to state-of-the-art video projections. Paintings, photographs, maps, and documents have never looked more attractive. It'll make you fall in love all over again with Gotham.
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Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Few cinemas are as iconic as the films they show, but The Paris Theatre, America's oldest continuously operated art-house cinema, is itself a celebrity. The cinema, located just a stone's throw away from The Plaza Hotel, was opened by Marlene Dietrich in 1948 and remains one of the New York's last single screen theaters. You won't catch this summer's blockbuster here (the theater shows only movies shot on film), but you'll be sure to see some of the finest independent and foreign films. While only one flick is shown each week, this cinephile wonderland never ever plays any pre-show ads.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video:One of the last remaining places in NYC where smoking is still allowed indoors, Club Macanudo gives the vibe of a private lounge, but is completely open to the public. The Plaza Hotel's insider, chef concierge Raphael Pallais, stopped by to get a sneak peek at the atmosphere, world class cigar offerings, and a taste of one of the lounges many single malt scotches. Go to Globomaestro.com for more insider travel videos and tips.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: When's the last time you walked into a ceviche bar and experienced truffle butter popcorn, blowtorched sweet potato brulee, and a homemade gravity bong (strictly for smoking oysters)? And that's before you've even tried the ceviche—delectable, innovative creations that include lobster marinated in coconut milk, orange juice, ginger and jalapeño.
Astute scholars of the Spanish language will note that Desnuda means "naked" — but the food here at this East Village cevicheria in New York is anything but stripped down.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video | We’ve heard there are more Italian restaurants in NYC than any other kind. Still, Gotham has an appetite for more. Enter Sauce.
Just a few months into the opening of his rustic Italian trattoria, owner and chef Frank Prisinzano's (who also runs Frank, Lil’ Frankies, and Supper) temple to meat—and, of course, Italian red sauce—is enjoying some well-seasoned buzz. His passion for tomatoes (recent tweet: “Tomatoes are thought to originate in Peru. The name comes from the Aztec “xitomatl,” which means “plump thing with navel.”) almost surpasses his love of the animal, all of the animal. The snout-to-tail restaurant even has an in-house butcher, who flashes his knives in front of a sidewalk-facing window. Call it culinary performance art. You can also buy cuts to go. And sandwiches, too, at the take-out window.
Take a quick tour in this new GloboMaestro video with the concierge from the nearby Bowery Hotel, who’s on the pulse of Downtown’s hotspots.
Sauce, 78 Rivington St., Lower East Side, New York City; (212) 420-7700.
Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: In a world of mass produced goods, Barbara Feinman's hats, handmade to order in her tiny shop in the heart of New York's East Village, are truly special. Made with limited editions fabrics and vintage details, Barbara and her small team of designers treat hat making like sculpture, using techniques that have barely changed since the 19th century.
Just a handful of these artisans are left in New York, and Barbara's hats are in high demand by New Yorkers in the know, including celebrities like Beyonce, Chloe Sevigny and Blake Lively.
In this new GloboMaestro video, a downtown insider from The Bowery Hotel explores this East Village storefront where one of fashion's niche arts is still thriving.
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Downtown New York's got a thing for taxidermy these days. From Freemans, the hipster restaurant tucked at the end of a Lower East Side alleyway, to Bedlam, the Alphabet City bar done up like a Victorian-style mental hospital, it's hard to escape a moose head.
But the "urban jungle" look has also crossed over to private homes. Stars like Anderson Cooper and Amy Sedaris turn to artist and collector Sean Scherer—and evidently you can, too. Sean and his business partner Rick Gilbert just celebrated the first birthday of Kabinett & Kammer, a one-of-a-kind shop that's set up like a small museum full of mint-condition taxidermy (everything from zebras to flamingos) to vintage medical equipment and zoological diagrams.
In this new GloboMaestro video, a downtown insider from The Bowery Hotel takes us inside this unique East Village treasure trove.