WhereTraveler New York

Ask the Expert

- KEONI BOYER ASSISTANT CHEF CONCIERGE, THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK

Q: WHAT SHOULD VISITORS EXPECT WHILE EXPLORING NYC DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

A: The holidays are the busiest time of the year, so prepare for long waits anywhere you go. But it’s also the most fun time of the year with all the holiday decoration­s and great holiday markets.

Q: WHAT SHOULD BE FIRST ON A VISITOR’S “TO-DO” LIST DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

A: Make sure to take in all the holiday window displays on Madison Avenue. The Rink at Rockefelle­r Center with the Christmas tree in the background is always magical, and definitely make sure to visit the largest toy store in NYC, FAO Schwarz. Q: ARE THERE ANY HOLIDAY PERFORMANC­ES YOU WOULD RECOMMEND VISITORS ATTEND?

A: Handel’s Messiah at Trinity Church Wall Street is inspiring and beautiful. “The Nutcracker” is always a fun and classic performanc­e during the holidays, as well as the Rockettes in “Christmas Spectacula­r” at Radio City.

Local French café, Rue 57, always does it up for the holidays with decoration­s.

Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT­S FOR A SPECIAL MEAL?

A: My favorite restaurant is Le Bernardin for any special occasion. The top-notch service and food create an unparallel­ed experience. Another favorite is Korean steak house, Cote. The butcher’s feast offers fantastic cuts of meat and all the Korean accompanim­ents for the price of what a steak alone costs at other steak houses.

Q: WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO IN THE CITY ON YOUR DAY OFF?

A: I love the East Village because it still feels like old New York with all its little boutiques and restaurant­s. It’s a great neighborho­od that I can walk around and just get lost in.

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