Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel today stands as one of New York City’s most iconic landmark thanks to its refined service and a history of high-profile clientele. Making sure guests find the best experiences in the city suited to their interests is Waldo Hernandez, who in 2014 was appointed The Carlyle’s chef concierge. Here he shares with us insights on places in Manhattan to discover great art, get the best views, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Where should one go to enjoy the best of the local art scene?
The Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan has the best local art scene. Not only is it walking distance from the new Whitney Museum of American Art, but Chelsea is also home of the largest art gallery district in the world.
What would be a nice, unique souvenir to bring home and where can one find it?
Bring home a Broadway playbill signed by Lin Manuel Miranda, the star of Hamilton. To obtain this souvenir you would need to see the spectacular show and wait outside the stage door after the performance to get his autograph.
Where can one find the best cup of coffee in your part of town?
The best coffee spot near the hotel is located on the top floor of the new Met Breuer Museum. It’s the first home on the Upper East Side of Oakland, California based–coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee.
What’s a great rooftop venue to enjoy great views and perhaps some drinks?
At the top of the Standard High Line hotel, Le Bain is an indoor/outdoor rooftop space with great views of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan.
What’s a nice nighttime experience nearby The Carlyle?
My favorite after-dark activity on the Upper East Side is a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park at night. During the summer and fall, Central Park also hosts nighttime concerts, including the New York Symphony along with big-name groups.
When feeling adventurous, one should…
Take the New York City subway to the last stop and ride the Cyclone at Coney Island. Make sure to have a famous Nathan’s hotdog on the boardwalk after the roller coaster.
How about an underrated activity in the city?
Visiting the meticulous Conservatory Garden in Central Park, a world-class urban park that’s free and open daily.