For Whitewaller‘s November New York issue, out this week for The Salon Art + Design fair, we handpicked a few insiders—a select group of those in-the-know on all things New York—that shared with us how to navigate the city this fall. To kick things off, we have mixologist Brian Van Flandern (whose newest book Tequila Cocktails from Assouline launched last month) share his top spots to eat, drink, network, and relax this week.
WHERE TO EAT
If I’m looking for a Michelin three-star experience where food, service, and ambiance reign supreme, Eleven Madison Park or Per Se (my alma mater) are truly exceptional. My secret pleasure is a cheeseburger and custard at Shake Shack.
WHERE TO SIP
I love to mix up where I go (no pun intended). Some of my favorite haunts include The NoMad Bar, PDT (Please Don’t Tell), The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, The Dead Rabbit, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel, or The Lambs Club.
WHERE TO SEE ART
Visiting the Guggenheim Museum is an absolute must. And if you are looking for an enlightening off-the-beaten-path experience, I suggest a short taxi ride to Queens to visit the Noguchi Museum.
WHERE TO HAVE FUN
I am terrible at golf, but love the game. I like to practice my swing at the driving range at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers.
WHERE TO RELAX
My father was a well-known astronomer, so I like to visit the Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History whenever I can. I also love the Assouline bookstore in The Plaza Hotel. They have an incredible selection of coffee table books, including Tequila Cocktails, which I am excited to be launching this season.
TOP SHOW(S) TO SEE THIS NOVEMBER
If you are able to secure the hottest ticket in town, Hamilton is simply amazing! For those looking for a great laugh, I strongly recommend The Book of Mormon.