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  • Melanie Beard

A World of Luxury Above NYC's Skyline

A dazzling array of lights sparkles its way into the horizon, where the setting sun sharply outlines the mesmerizing skyline – the most famous in the world: New York City. Stretching below me, romantic in the settling dark, is Central Park, surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic buildings and skyscrapers. Here I am at the top of the world.

Mandarin Oriental New York, located in the Time Warner northern building on busy Columbus Circle, on the cusp of the Upper West Side, is an infinitely sophisticated portal to the wonders of this fascinating destination. The hotel seems to float over Manhattan on the floors 35 to 54 of Time Warner, with the Hudson River on one side and Central Park and the surrounding urban landscape on the other.

Contemporary in design, but with an elegant oriental touch that transports us though the senses to Asia, Mandarin Oriental New York redefines luxury and has positioned itself as one of the most striking and stylish hotels in the city. From here we can enjoy the theater district, the Museum of Arts and Design, as well as the Lincoln Center.

One of the most sought-after hotspots of New York is the heart and soul of the Mandarin Oriental: The Aviary NYC. Engaging all of our senses, The Aviary NYC redefines the bar experience. Perched on the 35th floor, it is the setting for an interactive journey, where inventive cocktails and small food plates complement the experience. Reflecting the core principles of the Chicago flagship, whilst simultaneously incorporating the rich cocktail culture of New York and offering panoramic views of the city skyline, The Aviary NYC is so much more than a bar, it is a lifestyle.

Dreamed up by Chicago-based Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, this innovative restaurant-for-drinks features a glass-enclosed Drink Kitchen where cocktails are masterminded in sight of guests behind clouds of liquid nitrogen. The spectacular and fresh ‘Searching for the Emeral Sea’ is my personal favorite – changing and gaining in flavor from one moment the next.

New York City has become the center of the world, where constant innovation challenges its population to always be creating something new, surprising, and to make everyone that finds themselves exploring the city fall in love with its atmosphere, amazing food, and, of course, singularly enchanting hotels like Mandarin Oriental New York.

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