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Experience the Culture: New York City Travel Guide

New York City is one of the world's most iconic destinations. It's a place where immigrants from almost every nation have come together to shape New York City's culture, traditions, and cuisine. As you walk through its streets, you'll hear many languages and see people from all walks of life. This unique experience inspires and transforms people who visit.

Just like our New York City scent, the city lures you in with its vibrant energy and leaves you craving more.

Let us take you to the place that inspired our scent and show you its magic through this New York City travel guide.

Experience the Culture: What to Do in New York City

  • See NYC's biggest attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Chelsea Market, and the Empire State Building.

  • Experience New York City culture by seeing a Broadway show, watching the Rockettes dance at Radio City Music Hall, laughing the night away at Comedy Cellar, rooting for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, and listening to jazz at the Blue Note Jazz Club.

  • Visit intriguing museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and the Guggenheim.

  • Try mouthwatering cuisines from virtually any country in NYC's vibrant food scene.

Where to Eat


Absolute Bagels are the perfect representation of a famous New York bagel. This hole-in-the-wall serves bagels that are the perfect balance between light and dense and chewy but crispy. Pair your bagel with an assortment of cream cheeses, meats, and other toppings that they offer.

Clinton St. Baking is a cozy mom and pop restaurant in the Lower East Side that uses all-natural, sustainable, and premium ingredients. Try their irresistible blueberry pancakes or buttermilk biscuit sandwich with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar, and housemade tomato jam.

Royal Seafood is a traditional Chinese restaurant that serves dim sum, a brunch where you can sample and share a wide range of Chinese cuisine. They have all the classics – dumplings, buns, noodles, lobster, and many other tasty small plates for your perusal on carts rolled right up to your table.


Katz’s Delicatessen is a Jewish deli that appears on many New York City travel guides. They are world-famous for their legendary pastrami sandwiches, corned beef, latkes, and bagels.

Lombardi's Pizza is New York-style pizza's birthplace, founded by Gennaro Lombardi in 1905. They have a delicious menu that includes classics like margherita, and surprising options like their clam pie.

Little Prince Bistro is a charming lunch spot in SoHo that serves French fusion cuisine. A few stand-out items are their one-of-a-kind French onion soup burger or their fantastic roast chicken sandwich.


Dhamaka is an experience that gives diners a taste of "provincial Indian cuisine." Try the goat neck dum biryani, or the melt-in-your-mouth murgh kofta (minced chicken with egg and poppy seeds) with a side of aged basmati rice.

Gage & Tollner has been serving guests elevated American fare for over a century. Try their soft-clam belly broil to start, followed by their outstanding fried chicken and chèvre cheesecake.

Where to Stay

The Soho Grand Hotel is a trendy and elegant spot that is steps away from everything New York culture offers. There are art galleries, famous restaurants, and high-end retailers within walking distance. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, and lounge with an extensive whiskey collection, live music, and nightlife.

If you prefer to be closer to Central Park, this sustainable retreat is an excellent choice. Not only does it put you near some of the city's top attractions, it also has thoughtfully-designed rooms showcasing the beauty of nature through live plants and reclaimed materials.

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