An Editor's New York Itinerary: Great Tastes, Great Sights

For me, a perfect day in NYC is a sensory experience: art for the eyes, Broadway for the eyes and ears, dinner and a drink for touch, taste and smell.

For me, a perfect day in NYC is the optimal use of all five senses: a great museum exhibit for the eyes; a Broadway show for the eyes and ears; a dinner where you can wrap your hand around an elegant wine glass, smell the fragrance of an aromatic soup and taste the varied flavors of a well-balanced meal. Recently, I had such a day, starting with a trip uptown, then heading back to Midtown for a Broadway matinee, and ending the day at a legendary restaurant in the Theater District. No one can wake up your senses like this town!

» MORNING

Mac Conner
Mac Conner's “How Do You Love Me” (©Mac Conner/Courtesy the artist)

Too many people have compared Mac Conner’s work to Norman Rockwell: I think Conner is actually a lot less sunny, a lot more sardonic and utterly fascinating. See his storied illustrations at Mac Conner: A New York Life, thru Jan.19 at the Museum of the City of New York

» AFTERNOON

Disgraced
Disgraced (©Joan Marcus)

I have always found a substantive drama more appealing than a musical on Broadway, and after taking in Disgraced, I remain so inclined. Watch as an Upper East Side dinner party goes terribly wrong when conversation turns to talk of racial bias, sex and success.

» EVENING

Aureole, Chef Charlie Palmer’s “progressive American” restaurant in the Theater District, packs an even greater punch than when it was housed in its elegant Upper East Side town house. The bar buzzes with a well-heeled crowd: The food remains as sublime as ever.