What’s it like to live in New York City’s most buzz-worthy neighborhood? Residents will tell you all about living in and amidst innovative architecture, access to world-class dining and entertainment, and the ability to go nearly anywhere in the 5 boroughs in under an hour.
But if you’re seeking your first no-fee Midtown West rental, you may be wondering more about the day-to-day of actually living here. Living at ARO, you’ll find a classic New York neighborhood that checks every box for food and fun. Read on to have some of your most important questions about Midtown West answered.
Every New Yorker needs a go-to for caffeine. Residents of ARO will have to make some tough choices in picking their favorites. Explore the contemporary craft vibe at St. Kilda, the upscale espresso experience at Knave, or for those who seek no-frills rocket fuel, New York City’s legendary coffee carts (which make the strongest coffee around) are on nearly every corner.
While New Yorkers enjoy health benefits from walking everywhere, we’re also a pretty competitive and motivated bunch. As such, it’s important to have an outlet for that energy, and Midtown West offers dozens of ways to work out. Residents of ARO will appreciate the health and wellness-oriented amenities that make it easier than ever to keep fit – both physically and mentally.
If that weren’t enough, ARO is just minutes from gyms offering every type of exercise class imaginable, including TMPL by David Barton, and a few blocks from De Witt Clinton Park, where there are recreational leagues for every sport you can think of.
Of course, keeping yourself in shape is one of the best ways to enjoy amazing food without guilt. Whether you have friends and family visiting from out of town, or it’s Friday and you just want to take it easy at home, a reliably great pizza place is a New York neighborhood essential. If you live at ARO, you’ll have to check out Merilu Pizza, whose Instagram-worthy pies and slices taste even better than they look. For something a bit more traditional, try Don Antonio’s Neapolitan pies, featuring the perfect balance of chewy, fresh dough and brick-over char.
While those who work Midtown are often nowhere to be found on nights and weekends, locals such as those who live at ARO enjoy a social scene that has something for everyone.
Check out one of the neighborhood’s classic Irish bars, like The Three Monkeys, which has an outdoor deck and is the perfect place to catch a major sporting event. For something a bit more laid-back, hang out at Casellula, which has a fantastic wine selection and inventive platters to share. If you keep up with the craft beer scene, As Is has a curated (and constantly-rotating) selection of artisanal and local brews on tap.
Funny people tend to congregate in New York – see it for yourself and drop in at Carolines on Broadway, which has hosted legends like Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, and Patrice O’Neal (to name a few). Today, you can catch stars like Leslie Jones and Iliza Shlesinger honing their craft at Carolines, so keep their schedule bookmarked in case you need to laugh a little.
When you want to catch live music, check out Terminal 5, you can catch the hottest musical acts in an edgy warehouse setting, without a hundred-dollar Uber fare to and from Brooklyn. Or, you can stop by Iridium for jaw-dropping jazz performances, and skip a subway ride downtown to the West Village or uptown to Harlem.
Every New Yorker has their own set of standards for what makes a neighborhood great. Midtown West can satisfy them all. What do you love most about living here? Tell us on Facebook or Instagram @aro.nyc!