THE BEST WAY TO NEW YORK

From LAX, nonstop service to JFK New York is available on Virgin America, Delta, JetBlue, United and American, and connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Delta and US Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $378. Into Newark, N.J., nonstop service is offered on Continental, United and American and connecting service on American, United, Us Airways, Continental and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $418.

WHERE TO STAY

Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St., New York; (212) 840-6800, http://www.algonquinhotel.com. Built in 1902. Doubles $199-$529.

Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave. at 41st Street, New York; (212) 983-4500, http://www.libraryhotel.com. Doubles usually $229-$649. Hotel also has about 10 "petite singles" for solo travelers, which run $199-$409, depending on demand.

Dylan Hotel, 52 E. 41st St., New York; (212) 338-0500, http://www.dylanhotel.com. A 1910 building that once held the city Chemists' Club. 107 minimalist rooms. Doubles $209-$744.

The Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St., New York; (212) 869-0100, http://www.bryantparkhotel.com. An old building with new, fashion-forward interiors. Black and red everywhere. 128 rooms. Doubles usually $295-$495.

WHERE TO EAT

Benjamin Steak House, 52 E. 41st St., New York; (212)297-9177, http://www.benjaminsteakhouse.com. Opened in 2007 but feels like an old-school steakhouse. Dinner entrees $33-$41.

Bryant Park Grill, 25 W. 40th St., New York; (212) 840-6500, http://www.arkrestaurants.com. Lunch and dinner in a sophisticated dining room looking out on Bryant Park. Dinner entrees $17-$40.

Tavern on Jane, 31 8th Ave. at Jane Street, New York; (212) 675-2526, http://www.tavernonjane.com. Dinner entrees $15-$26.

WHAT TO SEE

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York; (917) 275-6975 (ASK-NYPL), http://www.nypl.org. Free 50-minute docent tours 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. (Museum is closed on Sundays during the summer.)

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street, New York; (212) 685-0008, http://www.themorgan.org. Adult admission $15; children 13-16 and seniors, $10; children 12 and younger free with parent. Closed Mondays.

Argosy Book Store, a.k.a. Argosy Old & Rare Books. 116 E. 59th St., New York; (212) 753-4455, http://www.argosybooks.com.

Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, New York; (212) 473-1452, http://www.strandbooks.com.

TO LEARN MORE

NYC & Co., http://www.nycgo.com.