Foraging - New York’s New F Word
An EXCLUSIVE Foraging Package With nyma, the new york manhattan hotel
While thoughts of Manhattan typically conjure images of endless concrete skyscrapers, there are actually a lot of green and pleasant places tucked away between the blocks, on the city’s rooftops and along its coastline. What’s more, these parks, gardens and farms are feeding New York’s new urban obsession for wild foods, and supplying a handful of pop-ups and restaurants with locally sourced and foraged blossoms, berries, bulbs and greens. For the perfect base to enjoy New York’s bountiful wild foods, stay at the fresh and modern nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, which is offering an exclusive foraging tour promotion on stays this June.
Situated in Midtown Manhattan, between the beautiful green spaces of Gramercy Park and Central Park, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel offers free daily breakfast and is a great hotel for those wanting to enjoy a ‘grab and go’ take-out of fruit or yoghurt in the morning sunshine. It is also central enough for visitors wanting to make the most of the great wild restaurants dotted across Manhattan, with ACME (serving wild mushrooms) and Daniel (serving vitamin-packed pine needles) just short subway rides away.
However, for those wanting to hunt through New York’s woods, parks and ponds to find tasty, edible plants, roots and shoots, nyma has paired up with one of the city’s best known foragers ‘Wild Man’ Steve Brill to offer an exclusive package. Steve has actually been collecting food from parks since 1982, and now makes a healthy living from his weekly tours, in which he promises to produce a meal out of the berries, bark, mushrooms and herbs that he discovers.
While the wild food revolution is predominantly a herbivorous activity, one of New York’s tiniest creatures is being revered and cared for across the city’s rooftops, with beekeeping becoming increasingly popular. The High Line started it with a bee-friendly wildflower meadow elevated 30 feet above the street on an historic freight rail line, and now there is even a New York Beekeeping Association which offers lessons! But these rooftop oases don’t just produce honey. There are also now a handful of rooftop farms growing a healthy harvest of fruit and vegetables, which end up in cakes, conserves and pickles that can be bought at farmers’ markets, while some of the city’s restaurants tend to their own private hothouses and vegetable patches.
Centrally situated on West 32nd street, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel provides guests with a host of FREE amenities, including free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls, a free fitness suite open 24 hours a day and free stays for children aged 12 and under.
Enjoy a foraging tour with stays this June, from US$274.99 per room per night (which equates to £91 per person). The rate is based on two sharing and includes one night’s stay and a foraging tour per couple, worth $40. To book, call freephone 0808 178 6363 or visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk and quote the code FORAGE.
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