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Truly a feast for all five senses, New York City is an endless buffet of offerings to indulge your sense of taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight. With the world’s best museums showcasing priceless art, acclaimed restaurants to tantalize your taste buds, and shops, shows, and activities, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite places in the city to experience the best of each of the five senses

SMELL: Frederic Malle
One of the perfume industry’s most iconic names, Frederic Malle was always destined to become a great perfumer. His grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior, and Mr. Malle himself has become a world authority on perfume making. After the success of his Paris shop, Malle opened on New York’s Upper East Side. According to their official website, “each of Malle’s stores have their own personality, all while sharing certain essential characteristics. Often designed by Frédéric Malle himself, they combine the comfort of an elegant home with the clinical design of a fragrance laboratory, with celebrated features including Frédéric Malle’s own signature smelling columns and refrigerated perfume cabinets.”
Upper East Side Address: 898 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10021

SIGHT: The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York
New York houses some of the world’s most illustrious museums stretching down Museum Mile and throughout the city, providing art-lovers the ultimate visual playground to take in the best that the world of art has to offer. One of our favorite museums is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as "the Met." The stunning building is the largest art museum in the United States, and its grandiose architecture and signature steps are iconic. The Met houses over 5,000 years of art, creating a visual feast for the eyes.

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

SOUND: Carnegie Hall

Since opening in 1891, Carnegie Hall has become a beacon of musical excellence. Known as the premiere stage for the world’s finest musicians, Carnegie Hall is one of the most prestigious venues for both classical music and popular music. From Tchaikovsky to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, and The Beatles, Carnegie Hall has played host to the industry’s most iconic artists. Today, Carnegie Hall continues to showcase the power of music with about 250 performances each season.

Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

TASTE: District M
With so many options around the city, we’ve added in District M as your one-stop shop to sample the best of New York’s culinary offerings. Located onsite at Row NYC the cafe offers freshly baked sweet and savory pastries. At night, indulge your more adult palate with their specialty cocktail list and wine and craft beers. The cafe also offers a cheese program from the famed Murray’s Cheese Shop in Greenwich Village alongside charcuterie, and Neapolitan-style, hand-stretched pizzas with crave-worthy combinations like melted leek, roasted mushrooms and Fontina cheese.

Recently launched specifically for the hot summer months, District M recently launched a Summer Spritzer promotion featuring refreshing and light bubbly cocktails to beat the heat. Every Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm, the bar is offering prosecco cocktails made with fresh assorted juices. If mimosas, bellinis, and rossinis aren’t really your thing starting at 4pm through 8pm, District M offers a special happy hour of $5 beers, $8 select wines, and $10 well cocktails every Monday through Friday.
Address Onsite at the Row NYC: 700 8th Ave New York, NY 10036

TOUCH: The American Museum of Natural History
Though this is really an exhibition for all of the senses, it was too perfect not to include in our roundup. The Our Senses exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History is an immersive experience that explores the way perceive the world around us through all five senses. The exhibition features 11 funhouse-like spaces that “dare you to trust your senses.” The traveling show highlights each of our individual senses, including a room of painted ripples that make you feel off-balance, even with your feet planted firmly on the ground, with another gallery showcasing smell tests. AMNY has praised the show as an interactive experience that works for even the youngest of visitors to enjoy.
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
Exhibition Dates: Currently Open through January 6, 2019

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