35 East 76th St.
One of the most elegant and luxurious hotels in New York. Rooms from $390.
Hilton Garden Inn-
Central Park South
237 West 54th St.
Clean, average-size rooms. Great location for midtown activities and for Central Park. Rooms from $139, but rates vary depending on day of the week and month.
129 East 18th St.
Boisterous bar, with a quiet dining area in the back. The focus is Italian, but also a good place for burgers. A plaque commemorating Bemelmans and the writer O. Henry (another frequent patron) is by the front door. Entrees from $14.25; burgers from $13.75.
Fine dining in the iconic New York hotel. Jackets recommended. Entrees from $34.
New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
170 Central Park West
“Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” runs through Oct. 19. Daily except Monday. $19; seniors (over 65), teachers and military $15; children 5-13 $6; 4 and younger free.