New York Downtown

Local Gems: Our Guide to New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is perfectly positioned for leisure travellers wanting to explore the surrounding streets of trendy TriBeCa, for families looking to spend a day on the waterfront, and for business travellers in search of enjoyable escapes between business matters. Who better to draw up a local guide of the area than our in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with their picks; then explore, retreat and repeat.

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Our Entertainment Sales Manager's Favourite Live Music Venue

- Steven Cameron, Entertainment Sales Manager

“If you want to hear some live music without a long line or expensive ticket prices, head to one of my favourite spots in the city, Arthur's Tavern. Think dive bar meets soul train. This low key, cash-only spot has been an institution since 1937 and has some of New York's best jazz/blues artists performing everything from Stevie Wonder and Prince to James Brown and Diana Ross. It's impossible not to sing, dance and have a feel good night in this West Village gem.”

A Sweet Treat Tip from our Director of Purchasing

- Patricia Cook, Director of Purchasing

“Popbar serves all-natural, preservative-free, housemade sorbets, gelatos and froyos on a stick with customizable toppings. Their gelato pops come in at under 200 calories, so it's a low-guilt way to say hello to warmer weather! Grab a pop and then head over to Washington Square Park and soak up the summer vibes.”

Where our Reservations Manager Goes for Appetizers

- Amanda Wynands, Reservations Manager

“Mad Dog on Stone Street might have the best guacamole in the city. The portion size is amazing! If you're two hungry people, get the double. I promise it still won't be enough. If you don't like spicy (like me), order the mild – it's just enough spice. Then wash it down with a frozen coconut margarita.”

Our Sales Manager's Favourite Outdoor Activity

- Nora Sheehan, Sales Manager

“Manhattan By Sail's boat tours are a great way to see the Statue of Liberty up close without having to actually take a ferry to the island and deal with the crowds. There’s also no finer view of New York City than from the water! Go out during sunset and take in the bright lights of NYC on the way back to shore.”

People walk through loft-like Whitney Museum of American Art, past floor-to-ceiling windows

Our Director of Public Relations & Communications's Favourite Museum

- Kristi Blake, Director of Public Relations & Communications

The Whitney Museum offers an extremely extensive collection of American Art. Try to go on a Friday night, when they offer pay-what-you-wish tickets between 7:00 and 9.30pm. Anyone 18 or under is free at all times.

Where Our Sales Manager Goes for a Drink

- Juliet Sue, Travel Industry Sales Manager

“Bathtub Gin is a fabulous old speakeasy where you can experience the era of Prohibition. The menu showcases all the classic cocktails from the 1920s – you can't go wrong with what your order, be it a classic gin cocktail or something darker. Their food is also incredible and very Instagram worthy!”