New York Historical Society

170 Central Park W, New York, NY 10024 Directions
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Report | 2 months ago
I went to see the exhibit on the Chinese Exclusion Acts and highly recommend it. I only wish I had scheduled more time to see the other exhibits as well. I also thought the staff was very courteous and helpful. I will be returning.
Report | 2 months ago
Great museum - interesting and interactive exhibits.
Report | 3 months ago
Cafe Storico, the museum cafe, is beautiful and the food is delicious.
Report | 3 months ago
There were no lines to enter or at the exhibits; yet the Museum of Natural History next door had a huge line around the block. The Children's Museum downstairs was interactive. Be sure to attend the 20 minute film about the history of NYC. Recommend highly!
Report | 3 months ago
Must See the Historical Movie. Should be shown in schools. Excellent!!
Report | 3 months ago
Take a child to enjoy the Children's Museum portion of the Museum . Terrific special exhibit about Chinese American.
Report | 4 months ago
The New York Historical Society proved to be a hidden gem. Over the years, I've walked by many times, intending to stop in one day. I am so glad I finally did. A true gem in a city full of them. I especially recommend the current exhibition "Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion" running September 26, 2014 - April 19, 2015. What an informative and well-done exhibition. It was extremely moving. I can't recommend it highy enough.
Report | 4 months ago
Start your visit with the short film about the history of New York City. Filled with many interesting items and exhibits. Visited with three kids, all teens, and everyone loved it. Highly recommended.
Report | 4 months ago
Very interesting museum, featuring unique insights into New York history and informative exhibitions...
Report | 4 months ago
Small doable museum. Great painting room with many famous artists' works! Easy to navigate & much to learn abut NY.
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With a founding year of 1804, New-York Historical Society holds the distinction of being New York City's first and oldest museum. But the staff here isn't content to rest on that laurel alone. Through artwork, historical artifacts, film, and other media, they paint a layered picture of not just New York City's history, but that of the nation as a whole.

  • Great Start: New York Story, a panoramic film experience, captures 400 years of the city's history in just 18 minutes
  • Permanent Mainstay: New York Rising, featuring relics from the Revolutionary War and the pistols used in the Hamilton-Burr duel
  • Eye Catcher: the ceiling mural from Keith Haring's Pop Shop
  • Don't Miss: the chair George Washington sat in during his inauguration ceremony in New York
  • Hands-On Experiments: DiMenna Children's History Museum, with games and interactive exhibits catered to ages 8?13
  • Pro Tip: download the museum's iPhone or Android app, which provides supplemental information on the museum's various exhibits
  • Make it a Date: Caff? Storico on the museum's first floor offers lunch, dinner and cocktails
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New York’s oldest restaurant might also be its most innovative. In 1838, when “eating out” in New York meant eating whatever was on hand at the local boarding house, Delmonico’s revolutionized the city’s dining scene by giving patrons something they had never had before: a menu. Soon, high-profile patrons such as Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon III, and the Prince of Whales were dropping by to try new, never-heard-of delicacies such as eggs benedict and baked Alaska, solidifying New York City’s place as a culinary capital of the world.

Of course, you don’t have to be royalty to eat like one in New York. Manhattan is as renowned for its humble food trucks as it is for its upscale establishments, ensuring diners can enjoy a bite of the Big Apple, no matter their budget.

Fine Dining

Today, New York City’s restaurants continue to set the standard for refined dining. At Midtown’s Per Se, it’s hard to say what dazzles more, the signature “Oysters and Pearls” appetizer––Island Creek oysters paired topped with sturgeon caviar––or the Limoges china it arrives on. In the West Village, rich fabrics, fireplaces, and candlelit chandeliers inspired Zagat to proclaim One if by Land, Two if by Sea “devastatingly romantic”. Though pricey, the three-course prix-fixe menu provides a taste of black bass tartare, beef wellington, and a chocolate-caramel pot de crème by award-winning pastry chef Ilan Ades. A James Beard Award distinguishes the chef at The Modern, where roasted diver scallops and ravioli stuffed with veal sweetbreads are served in full view of the MoMA sculpture garden.

Middle of the Road

New York City is ripe with restaurants that walk the line between haute cuisine and hot dog cart. At Five Napkin Burger, gruyere and rosemary aioli top the signature sandwich that first tempted diners at Upper West Side hot spot Nice Matin. The latter also showcases reasonably priced French dishes such as escargot and hanger steak au poivre. In the East Village, Momofuku Noodle Bar, tops Japanese ramen with sumptuous pork belly or spiced Sichuan sausage and parties of four or more can reserve a dinner that pairs Southern- and Korean-style fried chickens with mu shu pancakes, veggies, and four sauces. Still hungry? Try a slice of history at Lombardi’s, the 100-year old establishment widely lauded as the birthplace of New York-style pizza.

Casual Eats

Whether it’s a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery or a potato knish from a sidewalk cart, many of New York City’s best eats are grab-n-go. For a truly moveable feast, track down the Wafels & Dinges food truck, which Zagat named the city’s best in 2010 for its waffles topped with BBQ pork or nutella. Of course, no guide to New York’s restaurants would be complete without a stop at one of its world-famous diners and delis. Try Brooklyn’s Mile End Delicatessen for classics like smoked brisket on house-baked rye, or grab a counter seat at East Village staple Stage Restaurant to sample homemade corned beef hash and pierogis with fried onions.

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