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Grammy Guide: Where To Stay, Play & Party in the Big Apple

The city’s Empire State Building at dusk.
Courtesy of Four Seasons

The city’s Empire State Building at dusk.

Sure, Los Angeles has its Grammy staples (that celebratory In-N-Out Double-Double chief among them). But with a host of cool new hangouts and timeless classics, the Big Apple also offers some pretty sweet spots for pre- and post-show fun.

Here's Billboard's guide to where to sleep, eat and hang out come Grammy weekend this January.

STAY

Celeb favorite
Soho’s Mercer Hotel has a place in music history -- JAY-Z and Kanye West utilized six of its rooms for much of the recording of their 2011 album, Watch the Throne. It was also credited as a recording location for Frank Ocean’s 2016 video album, Endless.
Rooms start at $610. 147 Mercer St.; mercerhotel.com.

Executive suite
Located on ultra-luxe 57th Street (informally known as Billionaire’s Row), the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons is home to the $50,000-a-night, 4,300-square-foot Ty Warner Penthouse suite, the most expensive hotel room in North America.
Rooms start at $880. 57 E. 57th St.; fourseasons.com.

Near the venue
The NoMad’s baroque-style suites have made the hotel a destination for everyone from former President Barack Obama to Beyoncé, who celebrated her 35th birthday with a Soul Train-themed bash at the spot -- just a short cab ride away from Madison Square Garden.
Rooms start at $395. 1170 Broadway; thenomadhotel.com.

DINE

Hot spot
The team from Drake favorite Carbone took on a culinary institution when they opened The Grill inside the Seagram Building in May, and it has quickly become the place to be seen for the likes of Nas, Clive Davis and Republic’s Charlie Walk. Try the triple lamb chop ($74).
99 E. 52nd St.

Tried but true
The epitome of Old New York (and close to MSG), Keens Steakhouse has hardly changed since opening in 1885, and it remains a foodie favorite. In addition to the 50,000 smoking pipes that line the ceiling, the restaurant has an extensive selection of single malt scotches.
72 W. 36th St.

Power lunch
Celebrating its 20th anniversary with an ambitious, multimillion-dollar renovation, Estiatorio Milos is among Midtown’s stylish spots to broker a deal. Helmed by chef Costas Spiliadis, its standout seafood dishes include the Mediterranean octopus ($29).
125 W. 55th St.

PLAY

Party hard
Despite its subterranean location -- in the basement of a WeWork space -- music stars like LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and DJ-producer Mark Ronson haven’t had trouble making their way to The Mailroom, an ultrahip new venue from Surf Lodge’s Jayma Cardoso.
110 Wall St.

Sweat it out
With crystal-lined floors and calming marble accents, the newly opened Tribeca studio for Taryn Toomey’s cathartic yoga-cardio-strength workout, The Class, is the perfect spot for an endorphin boost. An added bonus: The bathroom is stocked with Chanel beauty products.
22 Park Place

GLAM

Creme de la creme of rentals
Costume designers, stylists and even Kanye West have been known to hit Albright Fashion Library’s showroom, which houses thousands of awards-show-ready gowns, shoes and accessories by the likes of Dior, Versace and Alexander McQueen.
62 Cooper Square

The best of in-room beauty
Ideal for out-of-towners looking for the top aestheticians, Beauté à Porter was designed to provide around-the-clock in-room beauty services (hair, makeup, tanning, brows) to guests staying at such hotels as The Plaza.
Go to beaute-a-porter.com for more information.

Last-minute menswear
Need a suit for the show in a pinch? The GANT Lounge, a new styling service at the menswear brand’s Financial District showroom, now has stylists on hand for quick fittings and one-on-one consultations. They’ll also mix you a cocktail while you’re there.
100 Wall St.

SNACK

2 A.M. burger
With an ambitious whiskey menu and an elevated approach to classics -- think onion rings ($10) and its much-heralded double-decker Smash burger ($14) -- The Spaniard is one of downtown’s best new gastropubs. Plus, you can slip into one of the cozy leather booths well past midnight.
190 W. Fourth St.

4 A.M. slice
Order the quintessential New York pie at Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village, considered by many to be Gotham’s best slice since opening in 1975. Among the VIPs who have stopped by for the old-school, no-frills eats: Lenny Kravitz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.
7 Carmine St.

24-hour tacos
Given that Coppelia not only offers killer empanadas ($3.75) and crispy flounder tacos (three for $12.95), but is open 24 hours and is just a quick walk from industry-favored club Up&Down, it’s no surprise the Latin diner in Chelsea has become a late-night fave for artists like Rihanna.
207 W. 14th St.


Don’t Leave Town Without Checking Out These Art Exhibitions

WHAT Stephen Shore’s five-decade-long body of work (including shots of musicians like Lou Reed and John Cale) is the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
WHEN Open through May 28
WHERE MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St.

WHAT Head to artist Dustin Yellin’s Red Hook space -- which Solange has frequented -- and immerse yourself in six of Anthony McCall’s colossal light installations.
WHEN Jan. 12-March 11
WHERE Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn

WHAT Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, a MacArthur Genius Grant winner whose portraits are infused with a social justice ethos, will be the subject of a gallery show.
WHEN Opening Jan. 14
WHERE Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 439 W. 127th St.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of Billboard.

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