Why go: New York is deserving of all of the hyperbolic adjectives that come its way. Exciting, confounding and demanding of attention, it's arguably America's capital of food, fashion, culture and romance.
Where to stay: At the Greenwich Hotel, guests can stay in high-ceilinged rooms decorated individually with furnishings from Tibet, Sweden and just about everywhere in between. Rooms from $495; thegreenwichhotel.com.
Where to eat: The owner of downtown's Il Buco recently opened an equally rustic all-day Italian spot around the corner. At Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, couples sip morning cappuccinos or share entrees at night in the Vineria, like whole branzino baked in Sicilian sea salt.