Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VISIT NYC GREENMARKETS

Believe it or not, there are year-round farmer's markets throughout New York City. These open-air markets offer a variety of products directly from suppliers. 

New York City boasts one of America’s top markets: the sprawling Union Square Greenmarket which is also the largest one in the city. It operates year-round and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
In the 1970's, Union Square was a seedy, crime-ridden area of Manhattan until a small farmers' market took root and revitalized the area. The market has grown into one of the world's best, catering to more than 60,000 shoppers on peak days. The greenmarket showcases more than just fresh-picked produce. Celebrity chefs often use the space for cooking demonstrations, there are school tours that teach local kids about seasonality and healthy eating and education programs, including one that helps New Yorkers learn about composting. To get to this market from the Salisbury Hotel just hop on the N, R or Q subway train on 57th St. & 7th Avenue and get off at 14th St. Union Square.
There is a greenmarket open every day of the week, in one of their many locations. To find the market most convenient to you see the market listing and schedule. The closest one to the Salisbury Hotel is the Tucker Square Greenmarket at 66th St. and Columbus Avenue. Open Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MEET THE SALISBURY PROFESSOR

The Salisbury prides itself on a multicultural staff. Diversity extends to educational achievements and hobbies. Many Salisbury employees have furthered their education while working at the Hotel. Our Group Reservations Manager Ilona has earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd) and a Master Certificate from eCornell in Revenue Management.  This year Ilona was appointed an adjunct professor of hotel management at a local university. When she is not helping our guests, she now has the opportunity to instruct her students on maintaining high standards as they embark on their hospitality careers. If  you're looking for a great stay in NYC and a 5-star staff, then the Salisbury provides all of the above.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OUR PICKS FOR BEST PIZZA

The first pizzeria in America was founded in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan.The price for a pizza was five cents, but, since many people could not afford the cost of a whole pie, they would instead say how much they could pay, and they were given a slice corresponding to the amount offered. Pizza is a very popular food in New York City. In the year 2010, over 400 pizza restaurants were listed as existent in the city. Here's our picks for best pizza in NYC.


Our neighbor since 1998, Angelo's Pizza serves delicious, thin-crust, coal-oven pizza pies, excellent pasta dishes and salads. Many of our staff members would unanimously agree that this is the best pizza in town. You can also order room service from Angelo's and charge it to your room account at the Salisbury. 

117 W 57th St. Phone: 212-333-4333

We love Bella Vita for their tasty yet affordable dishes and the fact that they are located right behind us at 58th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. Besides the vast selection of mouthwatering pizzas by slice or pie, try their pastas, salads, paninis and parmigianas. Seating is limited, but you can order delivery or take-out and eat in your room. 

158 W 58th St. Tel: 212-664-7670

PizzArte captures the spirit of Naples with a restaurant that is truly Neapolitan in spirit—from the ingredients to the traditional preparations, to the presentation and the service, from the flavors to the feeling of the dining room—it is all Neapolitan. Everyone from the waitstaff to the general manager to the pizzaiolo and the executive chef is from Naples. What makes their pizza special? First of all, allowing the dough to rise for at least twelve hours, using no additives, eggs or sugar. It is then topped with fine, fresh ingredients and cooked at temperatures exceeding 900° Fahrenheit in a wood burning pizza oven.

69 W. 55th St. Tel: 212-247-3936

John's Pizzeria originally opened its doors in the late Twenties. Since then, it has become world-renowned and a legendary institution in New York City. In their Times Square location patrons dine under a five-story stained glass cupola that was once the Gospel Tabernacle Church.  With over 400 seats, four pizza ovens, and two kitchens, this is the largest pizzeria in the country and can accommodate both small and large parties. John's Pizza is a New York classic with thin, crisp and chewy crust, complimented by the slightly sweet sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh toppings. The pies are baked on the bricks of their famously coal-fired oven, which char the crust, and add to it's mouth watering flavor.

260 W. 44th St. Tel: 212-391-7560
Grimaldi's at Limelight Shops

Grimaldi's history of coal-fired brick oven pizza cooking can be traced to the first pizzeria in America back in 1905. Just a few years ago you still had to wait in a long line in Brooklyn to get the taste of this famous pizza, but luckily Grimaldi's opened another location in Manhattan's Flatiron District in an old church turned into fine shopping center. 

656 6th Avenue Tel: 646-484-5665

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MEET MICHAEL G.

 Michael G. not only works at the Salisbury Hotel as a Guest Service Representative, but you can also catch him on his skates swirling away at the Rink at Rockefeller Center. This is Michael’s 19th season at The Rink. He enjoys the international atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, central location and the hundreds marriage proposals he has witnessed throughout the years. You can even book an "Engagement-on-ice" package if you are planning on proposing someone!

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is the most famous ice-skating rink in the world and has been featured in many movies. With room for only 150 skaters at a time, it is an intimate experience. If you want to skip the long lines, book VIP Skate experience. It gives you an access to a heated igloo and directly to the ice, skate concierge who'll assist you with skates and give you skating tips, hot beverages and fresh cookies as well as complimentary ice-skate rental.


Rockefeller Center has over 40 restaurants for after-skating eats. Try Bill's Bar and Burger, Rock Center Cafe, Bouchon Bakery, Harry's Italian Pizza Parlor,  Manchu Wok, Potbelly Sandwich Shop or Sushiden. There's something for every taste.

The Rink is located just 10 minute walk from the Salisbury Hotel and is open through April 20, 2014. See the session hours here. Skate lessons are available daily from 9am-6pm. 

600 Fifth Avenue (50th St.). Tel: 212 332 7654

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST BROADWAY SHOWS

New York City is known for it's many theaters and wonderful Broadway and off-Broadway shows. The Theater District sits between the 41st and 53rd Street and between the Sixth and Ninth Avenues, within walking distance from the Salisbury Hotel. The district comprises more than 40 theaters and numerous other venues beyond the actual street of Broadway. To buy tickets to any of the shows you can head out to TKTS Discount Booth, go online (Telecharge, Broadway.com, Ticketmaster, etc.), directly to the theater box office or ask one of our front desk agents to contact a ticket broker.

Picture a grown-up episode of Sesame Street, with satirical songs and jokes replacing preschool-style banter. The actors remain visible at all times and mimic the action of their puppets, adding yet another level of humor. Avenue Q is fast-moving and laugh-packed, particularly for audiences willing to embrace its rebellious, politically incorrect spirit.

In spite of the presence of puppets, Avenue Q is not a children’s musical. Older teenagers will enjoy the show because it tackles issues of growing up and leaving home, but parents should use discretion in deciding whether their kids are mature enough for Avenue Q.

New World Stages - Stage Three 340 West 50th Street New York, NY

Cinderella is surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more. 

Cinderella is perfect for kids: Colorful costumes, on-stage magic and comic performances make this musical a great early Broadway outing for young theatergoers.

Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway New York, NY

The Serengeti comes to life as never before through the extraordinary vision that is The Lion King. It tells the classic journey of young royal heir Simba. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that overwhelms the sense and inspires you with the wonder of life.

Lion King is a great show for kids. Just bare in mind that Simba’s creepy journey into an elephant graveyard and the death of his father can be unsettling to young viewers.

Minskoff Theatre 200 West 45th Street New York, NY

After Midnight comes highly recommended by our Head Concierge Pedro who recently saw the show and couldn't stop talking about it. This new Broadway phenomenon catapults the music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century.

Appropriate for ages six and up. If your school-age child enjoys performances with no story but plenty of singing and dancing, After Midnight is a good choice for the family.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47th Street New York, NY

We've heard so many good things about Rock of Ages from our guests that it needed to get on this list. Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. 

Rock of Ages celebrates the 80's music and style, but might not be appropriate for kids under the age of 14. Teenagers will love it.

Helen Hayes Theatre 240 West 44th Street New York, NY

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

Newsies is definitely a musical for the whole family.

Nederlander Theatre 208 W. 41st Street New York, NY

The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble.

The Book of Mormon is suitable for audiences aged 18 and upwards. Contains explicit language and sensitive themes throughout.

Eugene O'Neill Theatre 230 West 49th Street New York, NY

Friday, January 17, 2014

WALKING ACROSS AMERICA

George Throop is on a walk of inspiration. He lost his mother to cancer when she was almost 34 and he was just 9-years-old. In September of 2009, he began a multi-year Walk of Inspiration Across America promoting cancer prevention and healthy living.

George has walked thousands of miles, from his home in Washington State, to our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C. He completed his mission upon reaching D.C. on foot this summer. After walking countless miles along the shores of the Pacific, he felt compelled to journey onward–to the sands of the Atlantic, which he'll soon reach via Long Island, New York. 

Salisbury Hotel had the honor to host Mr. Throop for two nights in the effort to sponsor his cause.
Mr. Throop’s mission is spreading the word that preventing cancer is related to living a healthy lifestyle, with several studies saying one third of cancers are preventable with simple lifestyle changes such as proper diet and exercise.
Here are three of George’s BIG THINGS.
1. Watch the type of food you eat. Avoid eating foods with ingredients we can’t pronounce.  The more fruits and vegetables we eat, the better.
2. Exercise is a biggie. Get more of it.
3. Stress management.
To follow George's journey read his blog by clicking here and his Facebook page here.
Mr. Throop with some of our staff members

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN


349 West 46th St. (between 8-9th Avenues)
Tel: (212) 262-9554

SWING46 is New York's only swing dance club and offers dining, dancing and cocktails, dance lessons and live bands seven nights a week. They open at 5pm and serve a full dinner menu and bar snack menu till midnight. See their performance schedule here. From the Salisbury Hotel take downtown N, Q or R subway to 49th St.
130 East 57th St. (at Lexington Avenue)
Tel: (212) 688-3939

Opia Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is a modern French bistro with classic cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere. Opia has live international jazz every Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 9:30pm in the lounge. For performance calendar click here. From the Salisbury Hotel walk 3,5 blocks east or take the crosstown bus.
1650 Broadway (51st). 
Tel: (212) 582-2121


The Iridium Jazz Club has been thrilling International jazz fans since 1994 and is located on Broadway at the corner of 51st, in a historic jazz neighborhood.  Enjoy tasty food, excellent sightlines and top notch acoustics. The late Les Paul used to headline Monday nights here. Now they honor his legacy with a weekly tribute, Les Paul Mondays, featuring his former backing band and special guests. See performance schedule by clicking here. From the Salisbury Hotel take the downtown subway N, Q or R to 49th St.

Broadway at 60th St.
Tel: (212) 258-9800

The classic jazz club reinvented, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola brings the music out of the basement with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, great soul food and some of the best music to be found anywhere in the city, every night. 

The club hosts a variety of established acts and introduces young up-and-comers five nights a week in after-hours Late Night Sessions. An intimate setting designed to showcase this uniquely American art form, Dizzy’s is the latest addition to the historic list of New York’s great jazz venues. Within walking distance from the Salisbury Hotel.
156 W. 56th St. (near 7th Avenue)
Tel: (212) 957-9676

The low-lit Carnegie Club is classy and quiet. A bartender in pinstripes expertly mixes classic cocktails, such as the My Way manhattan. On Saturdays, a singer backed by an 11-piece orchestra does Sinatra covers. Located just one block south from the Salisbury Hotel.
RED'S LOUNGE AT REDEYE GRILL
890 Seventh Avenue (at 56th St.)
(212) 541-9000

The warm tones, polished nickel and leather, along with original Red Grooms artwork creates a sophisticated, timeless and comfortable atmosphere. Not only does Redeye Grill have amazing food, they also feature live music nightly in their lounge area; Sundays and Mondays from 6pm to 10pm and Tuesday-Saturday from 6pm-11pm. Located within 5 minute walk from the Salisbury Hotel. Our staff favorite.