WHERE TO GO
Museum of Modern Art
Marvel at contemporary and modern art collections featuring the likes of Warhol and Picasso at the renowned Museum of Modern Art, which recently underwent a US$450 million expansion to create an additional 47,000sqft of exhibition space. By displaying its permanent collection of famous works alongside lesser-known artists and mixing pieces from different eras, places and media, it allows art-loving newlyweds to experience and appreciate modern art like never before. New features include a performance-art studio space for visitors to experience the artistic process, and free access to the sculpture garden and ground-floor galleries.
This shiny new development is redefining the area near Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen on the west side of Manhattan. The largest private development built in New York for eight decades, Hudson Yards takes up over 11 hectares and features residences, retail, restaurants, an arts centre and more. Restaurants there include Momofuku Kawi, which is part of chef David Chang’s Momofuku empire of restaurants and serves a modern take on Korean cuisine, and the 35,000sqft Mercado Little Spain, owned by José Andrés and Ferran and Albert Adrià of El Bulli fame. The centrepiece of the development, known as Vessel, is a 50-metre-high interactive monument designed by Thomas Heatherwick featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and over 1.5km of paths.
Helmed by chef Éric Ripert, Le Bernardin is a three-Michelin-starred French restaurant for seafood lovers. Set up by siblings Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze in Paris in 1972, with the New York location opening in 1986, the restaurant has been overseen by Ripert for more than 20 years. Here couples can indulge in a menu of “almost raw,” “barely touched” and “lightly cooked” dishes that incorporate French and Asian influences, such as warm langoustine with seaweed salad and dashi broth; and sautéed Dover sole with almonds, chanterelle mushrooms and a soy-lime emulsion.