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EATER Journeys: East Village, NYC

As luxury travel experts, we know a thing or two about getting around the world in style.

That’s why we’ve combined our round-the-world travel expertise with the culinary insight of Eater. This slice-by-slice tour of Italian food, and the landscapes which gave rise to it, is the result, making use of our approach to truly bespoke, experiential travel. Scroll down to read the full itinerary or click the button below to browse more food-focused Eater experiences.

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New York has been a food lover’s dream for as long as the city’s been standing. With a strong mix of cultures sharing their cuisines, the food scene has developed and fused to create some of the world’s best gastronomy. The East Village boasts a unique charm and eclectic mix of dining experiences that we can’t wait for you to try. We’ve teamed up with Eater for this epic five-night getaway, exploring our favourite gourmet delights in the city that never sleeps.

New York, New York

Our driver will be ready to meet you at the airport, bringing you to our favourite NYC neighbourhood – the East Village. Bursting with character and an electric atmosphere, there’s something going on around every corner in this charming hotspot. The Ludlow New York City will be your stylish base for four-nights. Drop your bags, soak up the outstanding views of the towering skyscrapers and sip a Manhattan at the lounge bar, feeling like a true New Yorker. Tonight’s dinner at MáLà Project is set to impress. This trendy Chinese restaurant fully tailors its menu to your taste, even down to the ingredients and levels of spice. And the selection of dim sum is simply unmissable 

Experience a private historic tour around the East Village

Celebrated as the birthplace of punk, the East Village has a great story to tell. Whilst the area has changed significantly over the years, downtown still nods towards its old roots, from the old-school record stores and vintage thrift shops to the old music venues and bold graffiti. Today you’ll be peeling back the layers of the neighbourhood’s vibrant history with an expert guide, taking you on a captivating private walking tour through East Village and Lower East Side. This experience has been custom-made for Eater members and takes you far beyond the guidebook.

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After a hearty breakfast at The Ludlow, you’ll start with an immersive experience of The Merchant House and Tenement Museum, discovering what life was like for the merchants and immigrants arriving to the US in the 19th century. The tour continues onwards to The Cooper Union, one of the nation’s most prestigious higher education institutions, contrasted with the artistic Tompkins Square Park, exploring the heritage of New York’s graffiti culture. With a final stop to see the impressive contemporary art collection at the New Museum, your appetite should be ready for a lunch.

Veselka has been around for almost 70 years now and remains an iconic destination in the city. This humble, no-frills Ukrainian eatery serves delicious borscht and goulash, with pierogi as the main protagonist. For dessert, head on over to Superiority Burger, a vegetarian fast food joint that sells some of the best gelato in the city, with intriguing flavours like rhubarb and rye toast. The rest of the afternoon is free for your choosing before visiting Sake Bar Decibel this evening. Set in a trendy graffiti-covered den, Sake Bar Decibel is a great hangout for snacking of gyoza and okonomiyaki, washed down with plenty of sake. And with around 100 bottles on the menu, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Pizza making after-hours in Brooklyn

Stepping a little further afield, this afternoon you’ll be venturing into Brooklyn for a private pizza-making class with a skilled chef. During the after-hours at the pizzeria, you’ll learn the techniques of rolling out the perfect dough for a traditional Italian-American slice of heaven. If you’re not too full from all that pizza, try Momofuku Noodle Bar in the afternoon. This stripped back dining experience is all about what’s on the menu. For nearly two decades, crowds have flocked here for its game-changing ramen and pork buns. After eating here, you’ll know exactly why. Dinner tonight will be served at Hearth. Beautifully showcasing how nutrition and flavour can make the mightiest of meals at this upscale Tuscan restaurant. Using fresh, organic ingredients, try the wholegrain maccheroni with a hearty pork ragù, followed by a sumptuous olive oil cake for dessert. 

From the city skyline to hidden coves of the Hamptons

For the final two days, the world is your oyster – so be sure to pair it with some champagne. If you want to add some extra sparkle to your trip, we can arrange a VIP experience to the Hamptons, flying in style in a private helicopter. Experience spectacular views over New York City, then set sail on a private cruise in the Hamptons, visiting pristine beaches and enjoying a gourmet picnic in the hidden coves. Back in New York, there’s more acclaimed museums and galleries, plenty of shopping to be done, more sensational dining spots to discover and rooftop bars to lose yourself in the bright lights of the city. There’s no city in the world quite like it.