Empire HotelSTAR PATRONS Kelly Ripa, Sean Combs, George Clooney
THE SCOOP Nestled in between two N.Y.C. landmarksthe bustling Lincoln Center and the idyllic Central Parkthis boutique hotel is the perfect base of operations for visiting culturehounds. After a gut renovation, the hotel now boasts a thoroughly modern decor and luxe amenities like teak showers and Frette linens. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to have a drink and take in the sweeping panoramas of the New York skyline.
WHAT TO ORDER: Try the Kobe beef sliders, $16 or their millionaire deviled eggs with white truffle oil and gold leaf & caviar topping, $15.
44 West 63rd Street