Just behind the New York Public Library is Bryant Park (Fifth Ave. and 42nd St.), a respite from the hustle of midtown. A cup of morning coffee from 'Wichcraft,a kiosk on the northwest corner, is $2. People-watching is free.
The 16-foot-high windows in this Mandarin Oriental Hotel's restaurant, Asiate, offer views of Midtown Manhattan's sleek vertical marvels and the leafy urban oasis of Central Park. From the elegant 35th-floor dining room, the buzz of the city recedes, leaving a glittering metropolis.