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Drink Up Manhattan

JANUARY 17TH, 2008

Spend a decadent long-weekend in lower Manhattan without ever venturing northward. Petula Clark was right: things really are better downtown.


The Meatpacking District's Hotel Gansevoort is 187-rooms of urban-minimalist chic. We love the custom-designed stainless steel sinks and nine-foot ceilings. Be sure to ask for a river-view corner suite with balcony so you can watch the nightlife unfold below. Rooms from US$395.

Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave., New York, 212-206-6700,

sip, swim & spa

Swim a lap or two in the Gansevoort's heated rooftop pool followed by a skyline massage in your own private cabana with a 360-degree view (US$180-$250). Then, head downstairs for a Fiji Water Pedicure (US$65) at the hotel spa by day, lounge bar by night.

G Spa & Lounge, 212-660-6733.


Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's hotspot The Waverly Inn harks back to the days of speakeasies and secret knocks. Tuck into an organic meal by the fireplace and pretend not to notice Sean Lennon and Uma Thurman sitting at the next table. The Waverly doesn't have a phone so you'll have to show up in person and hope you pass inspection.

The Waverly Inn & Garden, 16 Bank St., New York.


Jeffrey New York is died-and-gone-to-fashionista heaven. This chic mini-department store carries clothes, shoes and accessories from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prada and Helmut Lang. We spotted Famke Janssen perusing the sale rack.

Jeffrey New York, 449 W. 14th St., New York, 212-206-1272,


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