Close enough to the Theater District but still a comfortable distance from the oft-maddening Times Square, Hotel Henri (37 W 24th St; from $179) is a great home base for experiencing an abundance of theater and art in NYC. The boutique hotel, a stone’s throw from many Chelsea galleries, was designed as a nod to Broadway, with a grand marquee canopy entrance and dressing-room–style mirrored lights in the bathrooms. But unlike tickets to Hello, Dolly!, a night or two here isn’t impossible to snag.
Eat & Drink
The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Shay & Ivy, is decorated in sophisticated—you guessed it—ivy and features a menu with classic American dishes (burgers, roasted chicken) meant for sharing. If you’re hunting for an upscale cocktail—of course you are, ’cause you’re swank as hell—duck into The Raines Law Room (24 E 39th St), a plush lounge with a semisecret entrance, Prohibition-era drinks plus classics like the Manhattan and the Negroni.
Fact: Spending time in the kitchen is a cultural experience, people. And you can do a lot worse than a cooking class at the nearby Eataly (200 Fifth Ave), where hotel guests get a discount on sessions that tackle the basics of making pasta, concocting Florentine specialties and more. You should also stop by Sid Gold’s Request Room (165 W 26th St) and belly up to the piano to belt out a song during the nightly live piano karaoke sessions. Suffer from stage fright? There are kooky cabaret shows in the back that let real performers do all the work. You’ll want to peruse some actual art during your stay, and luckily this neighborhood is home to The Rubin Museum of Art (150 W 17th St), which features six stories of Tibetan art and artifacts. Round out your cultural jaunt by taking in a performance at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave), which boasts an eclectic dance schedule.
Pictured: Hotel Henri