We asked Briana Davis-Greer, chef concierge at 1 Hotel Central Park, for her recommendations when visiting New York.
Q: What do you love most about the city? Why?
A: I love that NYC is always changing. I’ve been here for 20 years, and I feel more at home here than back in my hometown of Chicago. I love all that NYC has to offer, from shows to nightlife to new and exciting restaurants to community events that bring the city together.
Q: Favorite local restaurant(s) for a special meal?
A: Smith & Wollensky, America’s premier steak house, is known for its prime rib; Samba Kitchen serves delicious Brazilian cuisine; and Adda delivers amazing Indian food in Sunnyside, Queens. Visit Canaletto for authentic Italian food in Midtown or Benito’s in Little Italy. Loi is my favorite for farm-to-table Greek, and Tokyo Record Bar has a hip Japanese tasting-menu experience.
Q: What’s the most unusual or difficult request you’ve received from a guest?
A: I had guests request a helicopter to take them to Long Island, find a restaurant for a party of 50 in the off-season, and bring them all back to Manhattan in one day.
Q: What is your best tip for visiting new york like a local, whether you are a first-timer here or a returning visitor?
A: Trust your concierge to give you the most up-to-date attraction information. Also, explore family-owned restaurants and shops for a more authentic NYC experience.
Q: What do you like to do in the city on your day off?
A: I love to walk around Astoria or Long Island City, Queens. I also hang out a lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, because I love the eclectic restaurants, and the nightlife down there is always exciting.