red|guide Tipps: New York
EAT in New York: Pearl & Ash
The Pearl & Ash on Bowery Street in New York is the new place for endless parties with sea creatures. The persons behind the concept? Chef Richard Kuo, general manager Branden McRill, and sommelier Patrick Cappiello. Together they throw maritime-themed parties in their restaurant. Richard Kuo - who previously cooked at wd~50, Corton and the Scandinavian-inspired Pop-ups Frej - now serves scallops, ray, octopus and tea-marinated salmon at Pearl & Ash. They come with Brussel sprouts and long beans. For dessert, he surprises with coffee parfait, Fernet Branca ice cream and sweet mini portions for the little appetite after the opulent meal. The cocktails are named after historical events of the area, yet, taste contemporary. All this is framed by wooden frames pinned to the walls, with motifs such as Kodak cameras (for taking pictures) or boxes filled with moss (rather for looking only). Typically New York!
SHOP in New York: Bergdorf Goodman
The eight-floor traditional shopping mall for luxury labels on 5th Avenue has been clothing its visitors from head to toe in Haut Couture since 1928. It starts at the feet with stockings on the ground floor and ends with a new hairstyle in the John Barrett Salon. On the way up into the hairdresser heaven, designer labels á la Aramis, Missoni or Vilebrequin, a wedding gown boutique as well as a fur-depot await you. The ultimate overheating of the credit card caused by too frequent swipes over the counter can only be prevented by a stop in one of the bars, like the 5F on the fifth floor. Bergdorf Goodman was established by Edwin Goodman in 1906. The immigrant from Alsace had started as a tailor at Herman Bergdorf in 1899 and in 1914 he was the first fashion designer to present Prêt-à-porter fashion. The store on 5th Avenue is not only known for its exclusive merchandise, but also for its striking display windows. After William and Kate's wedding in London in April 2011, for instance, the fashion house dedicated its windows to the label Alexander McQueen, Kate's wedding gown designer label.
STAY in New York: Chambers
You won't find any chambers at the stylish Chambers in New York, but art in all forms imaginable. The 77 rooms and suites as well as the common areas in the 14-floor hotel in the Fifth Avenue Fashion and Commerce district are adorned by 500 original artworks from the fields of fine arts, literature, fashion and film. Generally each floor has its own installation, for example by John Waters, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sheila Pepe or John Newsom. Moma, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are just around the corner. How convenient, if you think about the fact that some of the pieces at Chambers directly come from the surrounding museums and galleries. And of course if you're looking for even more culture. But that's not particularly necessary since you'll stumble across humorous, inspiring and provocative art in Chambers on west 56th Street anyway. These come from international artists that use Chambers as a platform to become more known.
SEE in New York: Harlem
Life in Harlem is taking place around 125th Street. The Apollo Theater has been there for almost 100 years. The Aloft Harlem was opened in the spring of 2011 in a side street. The Apollo was a burlesque theater at its beginnings in 1914 and later developed into an Afro-American music center. Celebrities like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday have both started their career on this stage. Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye have all been there. And the theatre still supports young talents. Between 26 January and 26 October new voices show their paces each Wednesday on Amateur Night. The audience may applaud enthusiastically or boo properly - depending on how much they enjoyed the performance. Brand new in the neighbourhood, however, is the Boutique-Hotel Aloft Harlem of the portfolio of the Starwood group. It is the first Harlem-hotel for about 45 years. It has 124 rooms and the trendy WXYZ Bar. Rooms per night starting from 149 dollars.