New York hotels: Critics' picks

Find the best hotels in New York with these Time Out editors' picks for accommodation in New York City.

ABC Kitchen

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

While plenty of New York restaurants have lately made the environment a priority—sourcing their ingredients locally and crafting dining rooms from salvaged materials—none have done so with quite as much visual and gastronomic panache as chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new ABC Kitchen. The

  1. ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E 18th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South, 10003
  2. Average main course: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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The Book of Mormon

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

If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. Venturesome, boundary-pushing works such as Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal closed too soon. American Idiot was shamefully ignored at the Tonys and will

  1. 230 W 49th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $69–$175, premium $252–$477
  3. Tue Jan 26 - Sat Dec 31
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Hamilton

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

Hamilton: Theater review by David Cote What is left to say? After Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s prodigious quill scratched out 12 volumes of nation-building fiscal and military policy; after Lin-Manuel Miranda turned that titanic achievement (via Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography) into the

  1. 226 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $57–$142
  3. Tue Jan 26 - Sat Dec 31
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The Humans

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

The Humans: Theater review by Adam Feldman “Dontcha think it should cost less to be alive?” muses Erik (Reed Birney) to Richard (Arian Moayed) as they ready themselves for Thanksgiving dinner. He’s complaining about his expenses, but in Stephen Karam’s beautifully wrought The Humans, even

  1. 240 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $39–$125
  3. Tue Jan 26 - Mon Jul 25
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The High Line

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

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions There’s something uniquely New York about this aerie. Built on an abandoned railway track, the space is ingenious in its use of reclaimed industrial detritus, a necessity in footage-starved Manhattan. But what we like best is how the pathway takes you

  1. Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St, 10011
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts, 10018
  2. Tue Jan 26 - Sun Mar 6
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Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In this mesmerizing exhibit, the local artist documents his time as a sex worker in the Midwest with stark, unflinching Polaroids, including several self-portraits as well as shots of other young men engaged in similar professions.

  1. Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at the LGBT Center 208 W 13th St, between Greenwich and Seventh Aves, room 210, 10011
  2. Wed Jan 27 - Sun Mar 20
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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Feast on swine-centric plates at the seventh installment of this honky-tonk bash, featuring live bluegrass and brown-spirits seminars with master distillers. Restaurants—including Virgil's Real Barbecue, Daisy May's BBQ and Kloby's Smokehouse—will serve pork-y plates alongside a whole-hog

  1. The Tunnel 269 Eleventh Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
  2. Sat Jan 30
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The NoMad

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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In the golden age of robber baron New York—we’re talking turn of the last century—there were hotel restaurants like the NoMad all across the city, their grand dining rooms buzzing with beau monde patrons morning till night. The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip

  1. 1170 Broadway, at 28th St
  2. Average main course: $32. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Central Park

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

For your stroll, head to the 38-acre wilderness area on the west side of the park known as the Ramble. The area has a storied history (as a gay cruising spot dating back to the turn of the last century, among other things), and it was even proposed as a recreational area in the mid-'50s.

  1. 59th St to 110th St, between Central Park West and Fifth Ave
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