The three blocks between Eighth and Fifth Avenue, referred to as Central Park South may be small, but may well be one of the City’s most active areas after Times Square and Midtown East. A true NYC destination, residents and tourists alike come here to experience a combination of the most iconic stores, wide variety in the finest dining, hotel and bar options, the cultural offerings of the Lincoln Center, and the communal backyard of Central Park. For the best experience, whether visiting from out of town or seeking a staycation, book a stay at Le Parker Meridien, reserving ahead for the tastiest Brunch at the often sold out Norma’s. You’ll want to walk off all the faood with a stroll to The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center and maybe even a deep tissue massage at the Mandarin Oriental. Your next stop will depend on who’s in your party. If kids, you may either want to head back to the hotel to lounge on the enclosed rooftop pool deck while they splash in the pool feasting on some of the best poolside fare including pizza, fruit salad, chicken tenders and fries, or, head to Rockefeller Center, to check out FAO Schwartz in its new location, the view from the Top of The Rock, Ice Skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center, and the many shopping and dining options. If instead you’re a party of adults, you may choose to enjoy a meal with unparalleled Central Park views at two of my favorites, Per Se or Asiate.