Best Things to Do in NYC According to a Concierge: Harald Mootz

We asked Harald Mootz concierge at the St. Regis Hotel to give us his best recommendations for your next visit to NYC.

We asked Harald Mootz, Assistant Chef Concierge at the St. Regis, to share some of his top choices for things to do in NYC, whether you’re a first time visitor or a well-seasoned habitué, here are some great spots to check out this season!


Q: What do you love most about the city?

A: I love New York City’s constant growth—there’s always new neighborhoods to explore, new cultural events opening every week and new dining opportunities on every corner.

Q: What stops should be on every visitor’s “bucket list” when coming here?

A: From Hudson Harbor and the Statue of Liberty to Times Square and the serenity of Central Park. Also, vibrant Wall Street, the spectacular views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, the vast natural beauty of the Bronx’s Botanical Garden.

Q: What are some good places to capture a great selfie?  

A: You’ll have a fantastic backdrop up on The High Line. Top of the Rock with its 360º views. The Staten Island Ferry. Also stop at the Brooklyn Bridge for selfie shots.

Q: Best places to take kids of all ages?  

A: I suggest families visit the American Museum of Natural History. Make sure to explore its seasonal documentary, “Oceans: Our Blue Planet.” 


(Courtesy 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar)

Q: For a guest looking for a night on the town, what would you recommend?  

A: Summertime is perfect for colorful cocktails and small bites at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar and dinner at Michelin-star restaurant Eleven Madison Park. Or catch a musical performance, then a nightcap at the quintessential Plaza Hotel.

Q: Where do you like to go/what do you like to do on your day off?  

A: Sometimes I like to escape the cement jungle and head to greener pastures up north in the Hudson Valley and visit the farms and markets. 

Q: What’s the most unusual or difficult request you’ve received from a guest? 

A: To obtain something that they saw in a foreign magazine that isn’t sold in the USA, at all.