While the traditional idea of luxury is alive and well in New York, it’s the smaller and more unconventional luxuries that appeal to everyday New Yorkers.
Lesser known and exclusive experiences are valued more as luxury over more costly things to do and see though don’t worry, there are a few things New Yorkers will always splurge on. Starting with…
1. Weekly ‘mani pedis’
Most New York women would rather go hungry then skip their weekly manicure and bi-weekly pedicure. The spectrum of cost for this sort of pampering can spread widely from just USD $10 for a mani through to the more boutique options at a trendy manicure salon like Ten Over Ten which can sit around USD $40.
2. AIRE Ancient Baths
A must-do for couples, mother-daughter duos, or friends, Aire Ancient Baths is one of the most luxurious ways to unwind in the city. This two-story bathhouse—which occupies a Tribeca landmark building (it was once a textile factory, and dates back to 1883) takes relaxation to a whole new level. The real standout here is the Red Wine Experience—a ritual where you bathe in (and drink) antioxidant-rich wine in a private room, followed by an hour-long massage.
3. A sleepover at the Natural History Museum
Doesn’t every kid dream of sleeping over at a museum….well New Yorkers are rather well known for their reluctance to grow up, meaning that in this city there are a few incredibly rare experiences like sleeping over at the famous Natural History Museum. ‘Dino Snores for Grown Ups’ begins with a welcome drink followed by a three-course dinner, live music, edible insect tasting and an all night movie marathon before camping out under the blue whale skeleton that hangs above the Hintze Hall. The night only happens a couple of times a year and tickets sell out immediately so securing a ticket really is an exclusive luxury for any New Yorker.
4. Champagne on top of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Arguably, The Met is one of the most beautiful museums in the world, located in Manhattan’s lush Central Park and just off Fifth Avenue, the colossal museum houses the largest art collection in the US. The museum also boasts a Roof Garden Bar during the summer months that provide some of the best views in the whole city. New Yorkers know to come here on a weeknight after work to avoid the weekend tourist crowds for a sip of NYC luxury.
5. Drive world-class cars
Few things are as exhilarating as driving a luxury car, and during your stay in New York you could take the time to enjoy this experience yourself, by spending an afternoon driving some of the world's most luxurious motors. A number of tour operators offer a tour across some of the best roads in the area, that puts you behind the wheel of a hand-picked selection of six of the finest automobiles ever built, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Bentleys and Aston Martins.