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Business Travel Guide: New York City, New York


New York City is not the capital of the country, but it may as well be. After all, it's the center of much that's great, dynamic, fun and profitable in America. Wall Street, the publishing industry and much of the entertainment industry are all based here. Add in tourism and business travelers, sprinkle in the fact that it's one of the best restaurant cities in the country (if not the world) and top it all off with some amazing museums and theaters and you've got one of the most exciting cities on the earth. Honestly, the toughest part about being a business traveler in the Big Apple is making a decision among the city's embarrassment of riches.


Facts to Know Before You Go

Transportation:

Taxi: Cabs are one of the easiest ways to travel into Manhattan from any airport. The flat-rate fare from JFK is $55, plus tip and tolls. Fares from Newark Liberty International Airport are also flat-rate, but depending on the zone, will run anywhere from $50 to $80. Trips between LaGuardia are Manhattan are metered and generally run between $25 and $50

Shuttle: For travelers who don't mind sharing a ride, several shuttle services — such as Airlink New York — offer reliable transportation to area airports. A one-way fare from JFK to Manhattan will cost between $15 and $20. Expect to pay $10-$20 from LaGuardia or $20-$25 from Newark.

Limousines: Taking car services to and from New York airports is standard operating practice for New York business types; in fact, many companies have accounts that allow their employees to pay with vouchers. There are two options when taking a car service from any of the New York area airports. To arrange a service when you land, call from the Ground Transportation Center and expect a car within ten minutes. Or, opt for the Meet and Greet service by making a reservation before your arrival. Your driver will be waiting for you in baggage claim, but do note, there is a premium charge of $15 to $25 for this service.

AirTrain:

JFK: The long-awaited light-rail service connecting JFK to Manhattan is finally here. Travelers can take AirTrain to the Jamaica or Howard Beach station and transfer to the subway. A one-way ticket to Midtown Manhattan sells for $7.

Newark: AirTrain also offers service at Newark Liberty International Airport. Connect to the Amtrak to reach Manhattan, or hop on NJ Transit for other destinations in New Jersey. For $11.55 passengers can reach New York's Penn Station in 30 minutes.

LaGuardia
: AirTrain is not available,
but city buses take travelers to the nearest subway station.

 
Information:

Printed throughout the country, The New York Times covers news from around the world and includes a comprehensive business section each day.

Read all over the world, The Wall Street Journal is the world's biggest newspaper dedicated solely to business. Published for more than 100 years, "The Journal" includes business profiles, stock tables, futures data and business headlines from around the world.

Delivered every Monday morning, Crain's New York Business News is focused entirely on business news within New York. It includes company lists, industry reports and small business profiles.

The tabloid newspaper, the New York Daily News, which calls itself "New York's picture newspaper," has a small business section. Likewise, the sensationalist New York Post also includes a small daily business section.


For more on Big Apple travel, see our guide to the Best of New York.




Where to Stay

Andaz Wall Street
75 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
212-590-1234
A suite at the Andaz Wall Street in New York comes with Wi-Fi and a iPod docking station

Smack in the heart of Wall Street, this chic hotel is chock-full of amenities to take the heat off of any tired road warrior: a complimentary minibar, iPod docking station, an enhanced work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi and a speaker phone. The in-house restaurant, Wall & Water (named for the intersection the hotel sits on) is spacious and great for business meals. Other services include laundry, a large business center and free local calls. And if you don't have a meeting after check-in, do make sure to grab that complimentary glass of wine or Champagne.

The Eventi Hotel
851 Avenue of Americas (Sixth Ave.)
New York, NY 10001
212-564-4567
A room at the luxurious Eventi Hotel in New York

Located in Chelsea, this new Kimpton-owned, 54-floor, high-rise hotel is nicely located for both work and fun. The neighborhood is filled with plenty of dining and nightlife options and it's situated between Midtown and the Financial District. So whether you're going uptown or downtown, you won't have to race to make that important meeting. Business traveler perks include meetings rooms, a 24-hour business center and a health center/spa. All 292 rooms have Wi-Fi (but free only to Kimpton loyalty members). FoodParc, a food court with excellent eating options, is the in-house restaurant.

The James New York
27 Grand St. (Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10013
877-526-3755; 212-465-2000
The view from the penthouse at the James in New York is spectacular

The James seems to fit right into the southern section of SoHo where it towers 20 floors over the traditional low-rise neighborhood. The financial district is just a short jaunt away and Midtown is a quick subway ride uptown. The 114 rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, plus iPod docking stations, huge flat-screen TVs and fantastic views. There's also a 24-hour business center (with fax machines, computers, printers and video conferencing) and a complimentary hybrid car to take guests to Midtown or the Financial District. The in-house restaurant is run by big-time New York chef David Burke.

Le Parker Meridien New York
119 W. 56th St. (Sixth & Seventh Aves.)
New York, NY 10019
212-245-5000, 800-543-4300
The rooms at Le Parker Meridien Hotel are both efficient and stylish

The pace here is smooth and efficient, and the surroundings are handsome and elegant. The hotel's 730 rooms are attractively done in a modern Swedish-style, with clean lines and soft grey and blue fabrics. All rooms have numerous business amenities: Aeron chairs, free high-speed Internet access, VCRs, CD players and much more. Suites also come with fully equipped kitchens and spectacular views of Central Park. One of the largest concierge staffs in the city excels at securing entry to the city's trendiest venues. For those who need more practical assistance, computers, cell phones and secretarial services are all available in the business center. Doing business in Lower Manhattan? A complimentary limousine will take you to Wall Street.


See our list of New York's 10 Best Business Hotels

Where to Dine

Ai Fiori
Langham Place Fifth Avenue
400 Fifth Ave. (W. 37th St.)
New York, NY 10018
212-613-8660

Italian
15/20
$$$$$

The bar at the Ai Fiori restaurant

Chef Michael White (who runs the kitchens at acclaimed Osteria Morini and the seafood-centric Marea) serves up a more formal, sophisticated Italian cuisine at this second-floor space in the Langham Place Fifth Avenue. Think saffron-laced pasta dishes loaded with fresh seafood and juicy bits of lamb and pork, all conspiring to create a winning meal. The spacious, well-lit dining room makes for a pleasant environment for a great business lunch or dinner.



Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway (W. 64th St.)
New York, NY 10023
212-595-0303
French/Bistro/Wine Bar
14/20
$$$$$

Daniel Boulud's beautiful Bar Boulud

You want to go somewhere fancy for a business dinner and, perhaps, famed French chef Daniel Boulud comes to mind. But his flagship eatery, Daniel, is out of your price range (and may be booked). So hit up his more casual Lincoln Center wine bar, which has all the flair you'd expect from one of New York's best chefs, but is a little more laid back and is also much easier on the wallet. The 500-strong wine list (of which many are from the Burgundy and Rhône regions), the charcuterie from famed Parisian butcher Gilles Verot, and other meat-centric dishes have helped make Bar Boulud a go-to place for fine fare in a snap.


Bobby Van's Steakhouse & Grill
25 Broad St. (Exchange Pl.)
New York, NY 10004
646-392-8513
American/Steakhouse
14/20
$$$$$


One of the best steakhouses to grace the southern tip of Manhattan, Bobby Van's is practically an institution of meat, potatoes and all things hearty. If you have a business meal (and hopefully an expense account) that requires a lot of red meat and a bottle or two of robust red wine to pair it with, this is the place. The 28-day dry-aged steaks are the way to go, of course, but the menu is also filled with other delights like huge lobster tails, fresh salmon, and juicy lamb chops.
Bobby Van's is one of the best steakhouses in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave. (24th St.)
New York, NY 10010
212-889-0905
French/Contemporary
17/20
$$$$$

The elegant dining room at the Eleven Madison Park restaurant

This acclaimed eatery is as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. Set in an art deco space right on the periphery of leafy Madison Park, the restaurant is owned by Danny Meyer, who has a reputation for instilling an excellent sense of service in his staff — and Eleven Madison Park is no exception. But rivaling the world-class service is what comes out of the kitchen. Chef Daniel Humm continually churns out swoon-inducing dishes, including a square block of succulent suckling pig, perfectly prepared seafood and show-stopping desserts.


Le Bernardin
The Equitable Building
155 W. 51st St. (Sixth & Seventh Aves.)
212-489-1515
French/Seafood
18/20

$$$$$

Le Bernardin is one of the best seafood restaurants in the country
The verdict is in. After more than 15 years of beguiling boulevardiers and Tribecans with things that swim, Le Bernardin can claim to be the best fish restaurant in New York, America and arguably even the world. During a typical dinner, one might expect such elegant refinements as a faintly sweet sliver of grilled eel adorned with one flowering chive or simple raw tuna doused with olive oil and spices. To experience chef Eric Ripert's repertoire at its best, order the $120 tasting menu. But be warned, this is not a place for the faint-of-wallet. Wine and food prices are heart-throbbing.

Ma Peche
Hotel Chambers
15 W. 56th St. (Sixth Ave.)
New York, NY 10014
212-757-5878
Pan-Asian
14/20

$$$$$

Ma Peche is a solid choice for pan-Asian cuisine

Lauded chef David Chang's Midtown extension of his pan-Asian empire, Ma Peche might not yet have the cult status of his East Village restaurants, but it's a solid Midtown choice. With chef Tien Ho at the helm, the menu skews more toward French-Vietnamese: beef tartar with scallion and mint, pork and duck confit terrine, and a tender steak frites round out the pleasure-inducing highlights of what is on offer.


Off the Clock

All New York Tours
VIP Heliport, Midtown Location
West 30th Street and 12th Avenue
702-233-1627
www.allnewyorktours.com

All New York Tours is a great way to see New York by the air!

New York may be a great town to see on foot, but why not take to the air and take it all in? From the seven minute city fly-by to a fully customized tour of the Northeast, a helicopter tour will let you see as much as you can, as fast as you can. The popular Niagara Falls tour includes ground transportation to the falls, but it must be booked seven days in advance.

Bowery Walking Tours
Astor Place Cube, E. 8th St. and Fourth Ave.
347-465-7767
www.leshp.org

Take a two-hour walking tour of the Bowery, one of Manhattan's most quickly changing neighborhoods. Lower East Side History Project's tour guide and historian Rob Hollander, shows how this neighborhood (and street of the same name) went from being the theater and entertainment neighborhood of New York to skid row to, currently, a burgeoning restaurants and nightlife destination. Tours happen every Sunday at 11a.m.

Museum of Modern Art (Moma)
11 W. 53rd St. (Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
212-708-9400
www.moma.org

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is one of the greatest art museums in the world

New York's 630,000-square-foot Museum of Modern Art (or Moma) hit a high note when it re-opened in 2006 after a long reconstruction process (led by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi). The collection here is a who's who of late 19th- and 20th-century art from Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Seurat to Picasso, Klimt, and Pollock. After a long-day of art gawking, you'll certainly have built up quite an appetite ... and the Moma has taken care of that too. The culinary art is not to be missed at the stylish in-house eatery, The Modern.

Terroir Tribeca
11 W. 53rd St. (Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
212-708-9400

The Terroir Tribeca carries an eclectic collection of wines

The downtown Manhattan outpost of the popular East Village wine bar, Terroir Tribeca is both funky and chic at the same time. A novel-sized wine list — complete with whimsical collages and drawings by the owners — steers wine lovers through various regions of the wine-making world. The Finger Lakes Riesling on tap is a good deal. If you need some stomach filler, the kitchen churns out better-than-average Italian-inspired snacks.




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