Aloft Hotel Harlem,
2300 Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 124th St., 212-749-4000; aloftharlem.com. Located in the heart of Harlem, Aloft has neighbors that include a hair-care store, an upscale florist and a movie theater — quintessential Harlem. The hotel offers 124 loftlike guest rooms with platform beds and urban-influenced, modern design. Rates start at $199.
12 W. 44th St., 800-255-5167; mansfieldhotel.com. This historic, luxury boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan has architectural pedigree that dates back to 1904. Its accommodations include 99 rooms and 27 suites. The hotel is also pet-friendly. Rates start at $259.
Red Rooster Harlem,
310 Lenox Ave. (between 125th and 126th streets), 212-792-9001; redroosterharlem.com. Delectable fare and a great vibe from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Dishes include shrimp and red grits, hearth baked mac and greens (a blend of macaroni and gourmet cheeses with greens) and sweet potato doughnuts.
The Mansfield Hotel, 12 W. 44th St., 212-277-8700. A charming venue with a vintage New York feel that's perfect for cocktails, small plates and live music.
Arts and culture
Shows vary. For more information on the Met, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, etc., go to http://www.lincolncenter.org.
"Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914," runs Feb.13 to June 6 in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor. More info at moma.org.
Museum of Arts and Design,
2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777; madmuseum.org. "The Global Africa Project" runs through May 15. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission is $8.
This classic New York neighborhood is spotlighted in February during Black History Month. Cultural institutions highlighted throughout the month include the Apollo Theater, Dwyer Cultural Center, El Museo del Barrio, Harlem Stage, the Museum of the City of New York, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. For more information, visit nycgo.com.
Deals and events
NYC Restaurant Week,
Jan. 24-Feb. 6. Fixed-price menus from more than 300 participating restaurants, including 35 new eateries. Three-course lunches are $24.07 and three-course dinners are $35. Saturdays are excluded. For more information, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
Signature Collection Third Night Free.
A group of 16 of New York City's luxury hotels, the Signature Collection, is offering visitors a free third night when they book and pay for two consecutive nights by March 7. For more details, go to nycgo.com/thirdnight.
Jan. 24-Feb. 6. Theater in New York can be notoriously expensive, but cheap seats rule during the two-week off-Broadway theater event called "20at20." Tickets cost just $20 a seat but don't go on sale until 20 minutes before the show. The discounts apply to more than 30 shows, including "The Fantasticks," "The Flying Karamazov Brothers" and "Stomp."
Armory Arts Week,
March 2-6. Nearly a week filled with some of the biggest art events of the year, including "The Armory Show" and "The Art Show," plus numerous gallery exhibitions, museum shows, tours and studio visits. For details, go to thearmoryshow.com or artdealers.org/artshow.
For other information about visiting New York, visit nycgo.com.