WhereTraveler New York

Ask the Expert

- SANAM SKELLY CONCIERGE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK

Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE CITY? WHY?

A: I love how unpredicta­ble the city can be. You never know what new adventure you’ll find when you turn the corner.

Q: WHAT STOPS SHOULD BE ON EVERY VISITOR’S “BUCKET LIST” WHEN COMING HERE?

A: Everyone should walk the High Line, get cookies at Levain Bakery and find time to get a great slice of New York pizza.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR EXPLORING THE CITY LIKE A LOCAL, WHETHER YOU’RE A FIRST-TIMER OR A VETERAN?

A: I suggest visiting all the major attraction­s on your list first, then spend the rest of your trip enjoying strolls around the city. Take your time. Don’t overpack your schedule. You won’t get to do it all in one trip, so enjoy what you can, and come back for more!

Q: WHAT’S A GOOD SPOT TO CAPTURE A GREAT SELFIE?

A: I love the underpass of Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, two architectu­ral features overlookin­g the lake in Central Park. It’s one of the prettiest places in NYC.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT­S?

A: Brooklyn has some of the best restaurant­s. No. 7 has a great, innovative menu in a cozy, intimate space. Lilia is one of the best new additions to the Italian restaurant scene. Its soft serve dessert will change your life.

Q: FOR GUESTS LOOKING FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

A: Have dinner at L’Artusi for Italian small plates and an extensive—mostly Italian—wine list, and end up at Gallow Green rooftop bar and lounge atop the McKittrick Hotel for the beautiful and lush ambience, chic cocktails and weekly music events.

I love to walk around Carroll Gardens and read on a terrace of a cute coffee shop or wine bar.

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