Travel + Leisure
February 24, 2010


There's as much to take in on the sidewalk as there is from the top of the Empire State Building. West Chelsea is the neighborhood of the moment—home to art galleries and a collection of happening restaurants and bars.CULTURE/ARTS

The country's cultural capital, with more than 150 museums and galleries, from the Metropolitan (2 million works) to the Forbes Magazine Galleries (Fabergé eggs, Monopoly sets). Plus more theater and music than you'll find anywhere else.RESTAURANTS/FOOD

If you ate out three times a day, every day, it would take more than 16 years to try all of the city's restaurants. Hot right now: Artisanal (the biggest cheese selection in the country), and Craft (haute-simple fare).PEOPLE

So the natives rank 109th in our survey—what, you got a problem with that?Hey, in a city of more than 8 million, you get all types.SHOPPING

All the big names, including new flagships for Cartier and Nautica. But it's boutiques like Boudoir (young designers) and Destination (accessories) that make the city a retail mecca.VALUE

No cheap date. Tips: Dine at midday (many top restaurants offer $20 prix fixe lunches, especially during June's restaurant week), and log on to for designer sample sales.

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