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The three best places to visit near Bryant Park

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Jennifer Picht
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With so many streets in New York chock-full of wonderful restaurantsbars and historic attractions, we’re making it easier for you to navigate them all by highlighting the best bits on every block. Here are the top three spots you must check out on 40th Street.

40th Street, Midtown West

True, Midtown may not be the trendiest area in New York City, with its food and retail chains and often-crowded sidewalks, but hidden and familiar oases can be found around Bryant Park. Unwind with a beautifully prepared cocktail at a brand-new Moroccan bar inside of the Bryant Park Hotel; get a taste of Tokyo at a high-end eatery that plates omakase-only sushi; and visit one of the top NYC attractions for bookworms and folks who appreciate stunning architecture.

EAT HERE:

Sushi Ginza Onodera
Treat yourself to a luxurious feast at this warm, Tokyo-inspired restaurant serving omakase sushi that the chef curates based on the freshest fish. 461 Fifth Ave (212-390-0925, onodera-group.com)

DRINK HERE:

Célon
Escape to Morocco without ever leaving NYC when you sip relaxing drinks like the Lavender Oasis at this magical, lantern-lit lounge. The Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W 40th St (212-869-0100, celonlounge.com. 

DO THIS:

New York Public Library
Don’t get lost in the stacks. Instead, take a free one-hour docent-led tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and get access to the library’s most impressive spaces like Rose Main Reading Room. 476 Fifth Ave (917-275-6975, nypl.org). Tours Mon–Fri at 11am;
Sat, Sun at 2pm.

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