To get a different perspective of New York City, we turned to Francisco Andeliz, chef concierge of Baccarat Hotel and Residences. A 23-year New Yorker, Andeliz also is a member of elite concierge organization Les Clefs d’Or and the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges.
He gave us a French-inspired itinerary that will show you another side of the Big Apple and revealed some of the city’s of-the-moment spots.
What is the best way to spend one day in New York City?
As a nod to Baccarat’s storied French heritage, I suggest discovering the city’s rich French history, which dates back to 1621.
Start off the day enjoying breakfast in the hotel’s sun-strewn Grand Salon on the second floor of the hotel. Then take a ride down Lafayette Street, named for Marquis de Lafayette who served as a major general under George Washington, while en route to Battery Park to see France’s most beloved gift to NYC, the Statue of Liberty.
Next, it’s off to Soho to sample some of the world’s best macarons from Ladurée, a Parisian tea restaurant founded back in 1862, and enjoy authentic French pastries in the restaurant’s garden setting.
In the evening, I would have to recommend starting a night on the town over a cocktail in the hotel’s popular bar. Then head off to dinner at master chef Daniel Boulud’s temple of gastronomy, Daniel, followed by a Broadway show.
What is new in your city?
The Met Breuer is a museum of modern and contemporary art at 945 Madison Avenue and East 75th Street in the Upper East Side. It is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
What is your favorite New York City tip?
Visitors traveling to New York or any other city with hotel concierge teams, especially Les Clefs d’Or members, should seek the guidance and expertise of these knowledgeable individuals. They are truly connected in their locations, and can provide unique perspectives and insights into their destination.
Concierge take tremendous pride in what they do and are passionate about ensuring that guests make the most of their visits. They can also help secure “impossible” reservations, and they’re a wonderful source of information that can’t be found on the Internet.