The 'W' Hotel in New York isn't the most luxurious hotel; getting a little threadbare, noisy, over-stated in its coolness . . . but it has that New York liveliness which makes you believe that any fantasy is possible, even if it isn't really. I stay here on business for that energy.
Try the Cookshop restaurant at 156 10th Avenue. Great duck breast; fabulous spicy fires, and even more spicy squid. The feeling is youthful; the price manageable.