Wel­come to My Place . . . Man­hat­tan

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Cathal Dolan, from Bal­li­nasloe, Co Gal­way, is di­rec­tor of rooms at The Plaza ho­tel in New York. In 2009, he left Ire­land in search of ad­ven­ture. He joined Fair­mont Ho­tels & Re­sorts, and af­ter five years with the com­pany he trans­ferred from Van­cou­ver to New York. Where is the first place you al­ways bring peo­ple to when they visit Man­hat­tan? It has to be Cen­tral Park north. It is not as man­i­cured as the lower side of the park, there are fewer crowds, nice gar­dens, and you re­ally don’t feel like you are in a big city like New York. The top three things to do there, that don’t cost money, are . . . Walk the Brook­lyn Bridge. You have the clas­sic Man­hat­tan sky­line that is fa­mil­iar from so many films, and you can take in the sky­scraper views, in­clud­ing the im­pres­sive Free­dom Tower.

Visit the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art. Even if you’re not that into art, the build­ing, the ex­hi­bi­tions and sculp­tures are im­pres­sive. Also the roof- top bar has amaz­ing views of the park and the city. En­try is free, how­ever a small do­na­tion is sug­gested.

Walk Fifth Av­enue from Cen­tral Park to Washington Park. It re­ally feels like the New York celebrity walk and you are very likely to spot some real- life celebs on your way.’ Where do you rec­om­mend for a great meal with a flavour of Man­hat­tan? That’s a tough one as New York has ev­ery type food in the world. In my neigh­bour­hood, the Mil­ton Bar on the Up­per East Side is a great Ir­ish bar. Also, In­fir­mary on Sec­ond Av­enue serves Ca­jun- Cre­ole food in a New Or­leans- themed bar and has ne­gro­nis on tap. But my all- time favourite restau­rant in New York is Car­bone. The wait lists are six months long, but worth it. You have amaz­ing food and dine with celebri­ties – re­cently I sat next to P Diddy there. Where is the best place to get a sense of Man­hat­tan’s place in his­tory? For me, it has to be the mu­seum mile, where you find the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, the Guggen­heim and many more. These gal­leries em­body New York’s love of the arts and will be vis­ited by peo­ple for cen­turies to come. What should vis­i­tors save room in their suit­case for af­ter a visit to Man­hat­tan? From the Up­per East Side, it has to be some Lady M cake from the 78th and Madi­son store. Amaz­ing. See la­dym. com If you’d like to share your lit­tle black book of places to visit where you live, please email your an­swers to the five ques­tions above to abroad@ irish­times. com, in­clud­ing a brief de­scrip­tion of what you do there and a pho­to­graph of your­self. We’d love to hear from you.

Cathal Dolan ( left) and his part­ner Ivor Con­nolly in Cen­tral Park

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