Shopping near the Empire State Building

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Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5

Looking at it one way, Boyhood represents a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries: To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (Bernie, Before Midnight) received agreements from several performers—including his eight-year-old daughter,

  1. Mon Sep 1 - Thu Sep 4

Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. The station played an important role in the nation’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision affirming NYC’s landmark laws. One notable

  1. 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
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If I Stay

  • Rated as: 3/5

Teenage first love often feels like a matter of life and death. That’s especially true for Portland, Oregon, high-schooler Mia (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Grace Moretz). This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel follows a studious classical cellist as her budding relationship with rocker Adam (Jamie

  1. Mon Sep 1 - Thu Sep 4

Salvation Taco

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

You couldn’t be blamed for low expectations if you wandered into Salvation Taco, the new stylized taqueria located in the budget Pod 39 Hotel. During prime loosen-your-tie-and-slip-off-your-pumps evening hours, the Murray Hill crowd can be as obnoxious as a roving band of SantaCon reindeer. And

  1. 145 E 39th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10016
  2. Average taco: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging and exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavors you don’t care for, and

  1. Mon Sep 1 - Thu Sep 4

The Opponent

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Opponent. 59E59 (see Off Broadway). By Brett Neveu. Directed by Karen Kessler. With Guy Van Swearingen, Kamal Angelo Bolden. Running time: 1hr 40mins. One intermission. The Opponent: In brief Kamal Angelo Bolden and Guy Van Swearingen reprise their 2012 Chicago roles as a young boxer and a

  1. 59 E 59th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10022
  2. $25
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Sep 7
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The Plaza

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

The closest thing to a palace in New York, this 1907 French Renaissance-style landmark reopened in spring 2008 after a two-year, $400 million renovation. Although 152 rooms were converted into private condo units, guests can still check into one of 282 elegantly appointed quarters with Louis

  1. 768 Fifth Ave, at Central Park South, 10019
  2. $825–$1,425 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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The Monkey Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

When you're flush with cash and cachet in certain prominent fields---at the head of DreamWorks, the Yankees or even The New Yorker---it's expected you'll poach talent from everyone else. So why aren't there restaurants, like movie studios, sports teams and magazines, that are staffed top to bottom

  1. 60 E 54th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10022
  2. Average main course: $30. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Aureole

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You have to be awfully secure to give a young upstart the spotlight in your own flagship kitchen. Charlie Palmer, auteur chef turned hospitality entrepreneur—with a dozen restaurants, branded hotels and a catering gig on a luxury cruise line—last year tapped rising talent Christopher Lee to run

  1. 135 W 42nd St , between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10021
  2. Prix fixe: $84. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Pod 39

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The city’s second Pod occupies a 1918 residential hotel for single men—the space that was once the gentlemen’s sitting room is being reinvented as the Great Room, opening in early 2013, which will feature a fireplace, projection wall and ping-pong table. As the name suggests, rooms are snug,

  1. 145 E 39th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10016
  2. $119–$235 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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