Midtown NYC feels like the center of the world, and when you live at The Buchanan, the world within reach is even bigger than you might realize at first. Poised geographically between Grand Central Station, with its convenient access to the quaint country towns of New York and Connecticut, and the United Nations, the map of possibility around these Midtown East luxury apartments is doubly expanded by an atmosphere of international movers and shakers who are shaping the world. The choices are always sophisticated for the residents of The Buchanan.
Hop on the Hudson Line from Grand Central, and you can be in Beacon, NY, in just over an hour—a distance so short you can go for a day trip to a town that combines the hip and the pastoral so beautifully, you will want to stay longer. In Beacon, which is famous for its upstate outpost of the DIA Art Center, you can spend the morning looking at masterpieces of contemporary art by Agnes Martin, Roni Horn, Louise Bourgeois, and Donald Judd and then hike by a waterfall in the afternoon. Make a weekend of it with a one- or two-night stay at The Roundhouse, whose décor echoes the minimalist-industrial chic of DIA, and whose rooms overlook a waterfall.
For a straight shot from your apartment near Grand Central Station to deep nature, you can catch the train that makes special weekend stops at an entrance to the Appalachian Trail, or for a nature experience that also includes a sweet dose of pampering, head to Westport, Connecticut. Book a room at The Inn at Longshore, right on the water, and then spend the day taking in the beautiful scenery of Sherwood Island State Park or cruising in a boat on the Long Island Sound.
Once you’re refreshed from your trip, you can take that explorer’s spirit back to Midtown with you. Walk over to the United Nations to put your finger on the pulse of world diplomacy. You could play tourist and take a guided tour or go for the insider experience by making a reservation for the prix-fixe lunch at the Delegates Dining Room, where you can feast on Salmon tartare beside ambassadors, delegates, and dignitaries on a sprawling patio overlooking the river.
The amenities at The Buchanan rental apartments near Grand Central Station will ensure that your home turf is an oasis of ease amid the excitement of New York City. The on-site yoga studio, fitness center, wet bar, pool table, communal work space and library, kids’ playroom, pet grooming area, and 24-hour doorman and concierge will make it almost too easy to attend to your day-to-day needs. And on any day or evening, the building’s distinctive inner courtyard can be a place to sit and simply relax or plan the journeys you will take throughout the building and the Midtown East neighborhood.
You can start your morning by waking up with an invigorating yoga session, get work done in the co-working space, or take a walk in the park while your laundry is done on the premises. And as the day progresses, you can drop the kids off at the playroom, invite friends over for drinks at the wet bar before dinner out, and round the night off with a game of pool with other folks from the building. While enjoying the vastness of the city and the possibility that you will discover new worlds within it every day, you also have The Buchanan’s built-in community, where your kids can meet other kids in the building playroom, where you can pamper your pets alongside your animal-loving neighbors, and where your workout buddy is always just an elevator ride away.
These amenities keep you connected in a way that is transformative for New York City apartment living. And that means you will have more time and energy to explore the culture, shopping, dining, and nightlife of Midtown and beyond. Stay out late at The Sea Fire Grill or Crave Fishbar, and the same person who made your dinner reservation will be there at the front door of the building to welcome you home at any hour with a smile.
At The Buchanan’s Midtown East no-fee rentals, your home base is designed for optimal living, relaxation, and pleasure, and it’s in the middle of everything. You’ll happily linger in the spaces within and outside of your apartment because, in this building, the amenities and lively common areas are extensions of your home, bringing together classic prewar architectural style and the contemporary luxury and sensibility of the 21st century.
The summer is going fast; it always does. But now is not the time for sulking; this is the sweet spot of the season! August and September in New York City are still prime summer months for exploring and indulging under the sun; the weather is starting to mellow out a bit, and the ambient hum of air conditioners has decreased significantly. And there’s no better place to explore and indulge than the Grand Central Food Block Party.
For those lucky enough to reside in apartments near Grand Central Station, such as the classic luxury residences at The Buchanan in Midtown East, this incredible street fair is right around the block. So, stop by on August 25th and September 8th (or even on October 13th and October 27th) to get a taste of the fun.
The Grand Central Food Block Party, an event known throughout all five boroughs, takes place on 41st Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenue. While NYC is famous for its wealth of diverse and vibrant food festivals and outdoor markets, you will be hard-pressed to find one more all-encompassing than this. 20 different food booths feature fresh fare from around the world, and many of the offerings are doled out in small plates, so sampling from multiple vendors is certainly doable. A walk down 41st Street can be a globe-traversing culinary adventure.
Amid the food vendors, the 50 merchant booths truly run the gamut as well, with everything from sculptures, statues, and paintings to handmade jewelry, regional specialties, fashion accessories, clothing, and just about anything else you’re looking for. And—perhaps the most important feature of the Grand Central Food Block Party—it’s dog-friendly!
The mix is certainly eclectic, and there seems to be no central focus tying the event together, which is a good thing. Sometimes festivals can be hampered by their adherence to a certain theme, but this one is only defined by its inclusion of the best vendors around.
At any time of the year, Midtown East is known for its culinary diversity. Fabulous Italian, Brazilian, French, Cajun, Mexican, and American eateries are scattered throughout the neighborhood, and the retail shopping experience is top-notch as well. The Grand Central Food Block Party is a wonderful (and logical) extension of this year-round plenty that you don’t want to miss!
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During the day, the neighborhood around The Buchanan bustles with the energy and excitement of one of Manhattan’s most iconic areas—Midtown East. Later, a relaxed urbanity takes over, as the well-heeled residents head out for a night on the (Mid)town.
From the towering skyscrapers to the charming tree-lined streets, this section of the city is a mix of old- and new-school New York, with something always to be seen, eaten, or purchased (as an elegant essential, of course).
In the no-fee apartments near Grand Central Station at The Buchanan, you’re in the heart of it all. From historic architecture to sophisticated venues, Midtown doesn’t disappoint. Lucky locals know that this is one of NYC’s most accessible spots; with a 15-minute walk, you could be picnicking in Central Park or catching a Broadway show, but there is much to do even closer. Let’s explore the area.
Grand Central is the main artery of Midtown, bringing thousands of commuters to work each day, but this world-famous train terminal acts as more than just a utilitarian transportation hub. The Beaux-Arts masterpiece serves as a palliative to the stress of the work-a-day world and as an object of beauty for the casual passerby. It also contains an assortment of shops, including an Apple Store, and mouthwatering food purveyors like Magnolia Bakery.
And if high-intensity, high-fashion shopping is truly your passion, The Buchanan places you in the middle of a dream. The flagship Bloomingdale’s is right up Third Avenue, and Fifth Avenue is a five- to ten-minute walk away. With stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue along the famous thoroughfare, you may need an Uber to get all of those bags home.
Right off Fifth Avenue is Rockefeller Center, made famous as the site of the wintertime skating rink, as the home to Saturday Night Live, and as the place to experience a full night of glamour at the NYC landmark the Rainbow Room, where you can luxuriate in black-tie attire, indulge in champagne, and dance to a live orchestra.
For a more subdued evening, take a twilight stroll along the East River or to the United Nations Building. Then stop by one of the quaint wine bars in the area, like the chic but cozy Sofia, and punctuate the evening with a crisp glass of rosé. Or treat yourself to some cabernet sauvignon and a succulent porterhouse at the iconic Smith & Wollensky, which is just a block away.
No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll always find it in Midtown East.
The no-fee rentals at The Buchanan in Midtown East are located at the center of the world, which means that all the cuisines you can imagine—and even those you have to taste to believe—are at your feet. This is a neighborhood filled with restaurants that will transport you to the most gastronomically exciting countries and into the imaginations of some of the most innovative chefs on the planet. From these apartments near Grand Central, you can stroll into a seafood spot as fun and relaxing as the beach, take a happy-hour tasting tour of Mexico’s finest tequilas, and, in the architectural heart of Grand Central itself, experience New York’s latest culinary outpost from Scandinavia.
Agern | 89 East 42nd Street
Agern is the first New York City restaurant opened by Claus Meyer, one of the owners of the world-renowned restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. Situated in an architectural oasis inside Grand Central, Agern earned three stars and a “Critic’s Pick” nod from Pete Wells of The New York Times, who recently wrote that “Agern has made both the train station and the city’s dining landscape into roomier, more interesting places.” Slip into a rustic chair among the undulating-wood wall details reminiscent of a Scandinavian forest, and feast on beef heart or, for a more vegetal Nordic adventure, try the beet roasted in salt and ash and carved from its shell right at your table.
Dos Caminos | 825 3rd Avenue
Another popular Midtown East eatery where the food becomes a tableside event is Dos Caminos. The vibe is festive, and the guacamole is prepared at your table in a giant mortar. Make sure to order the large portion of this fresh and spicy concoction, which was named one of the seven best guacamoles in town by CBS local news. This is also the perfect spot to linger for an afternoon during their 3pm-6pm weekday happy hours, where you can sample from their list of 100 tequilas and snack on chorizo fundido and slow-roasted pork tacos.
Crave Fishbar | 945 Second Avenue
Crave Fishbar brings fresh seafood to the heart of Midtown, but how do they serve such fresh scallops and local porgy in an environment as laid-back as a beach party? By keeping close ties to the owners’ Long Island roots and maintaining a close relationship with the fishermen who serve their sister restaurant in Montauk! Described by Huffington Post as one of “The Top 10 Green Dining and Drinking Destinations in New York City,” Crave Fishbar is not just a restaurant; it’s a local, fresh, and eco-conscious mindset. Try the Whale Platter—featuring East and West Coast oysters, littleneck clams, shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws, and lobster cocktail—and your taste buds will be whisked away to the sea.
Vitae | 4 East 46th Street
Deemed a “Midtown gem” by Zagat, Vitae, with its nickel lattice glittering up the walls and its deep cream-colored cushioned chairs, has a decor resplendent of old New York elegance, streamlined for the 21st century. The food is just as elegant, inspired by Chef Edwin Ballanco’s experience working with chefs like David Bouley and Tom Colicchio. His Long Island duck breast with endive marmalade and bacon is yet another example of how the star cooks of Midtown East can take the best of local ingredients and send them into the culinary stratosphere, which happens to be just downstairs from your luxury apartment at The Buchanan.