New York is a sky-scraping, adrenaline-pumped, 24-hour, history-filled metropolis with huge romantic appeal. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll never get bored. But get beyond the usual tourist sites with your key to the city: Mastercard. With it, you’ll unlock hidden gems, world-class events, priority access and local insights that will give you insider access to uniquely New York events and activities. Here’s a sample of some priceless New York experiences that will get you to the heart of the Big Apple.
New York’s culinary scene is world-class but there’s one thing that tastes best only in New York – and that is New York style pizza slices. On this quintessentially New York experience, you and your friends will join renowned food bloggers Jackie Gebel and Robby Miller of No Leftovers on a pizzeria tour of Soho. Learn the tricks to Instagram-worthy food photos from the experts and meet some of the city’s famous pizzaiolos at 3 of the best pizza pie places. After learning about the history and secret recipes at each spot, you’ll enjoy a curated wine tasting designed to match the perfect drop with the perfect pie.
Let 3 bald and blue men blow your mind in this high-energy, interactive performance full of music, laughter and surprises. Your Mastercard gets you access to poncho seats for an up-close and sometimes fully immersive experience that will lift your spirit and take you on an unforgettable journey. The show begins with the famous blue men drumming on tubular instruments and builds into an interactive, high-speed performance that has thrilled 35 million people of all ages and cultures.
See original prints and artworks from some of the most celebrated fashion and lifestyle publications with a legend of the industry on this exclusive tour. Ivan Shaw, corporate photography director of the Condé Nast Archive and former photography director of Vogue will share historical anecdotes as he takes you through the archive’s collection. There’s more than 125 years of magazines in the archive including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and GQ. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Condé Nast headquarters and take home a signed copy of Ivan’s new book, Patti Hansen: A Portrait.
Experience the allure of the Prohibition Era with this wonderful and history rich New York experience. First you and your friends will step begin the bar of The 18th Room – an elegant lounge bar in the heart of Chelsea. Here a master mixologist will teach you how to mix a few classic cocktails and also share the history of gin. Create your own cocktail before stepping back in time through a hidden door to the Bathtub Gin – The 18th Room’s Roaring Twenties sister bar. Here you’ll enjoy live jazz from a private table.
Step into the normally closed-to-the-public kitchen at famous Dough for your own doughnut workshop. Tour the bakery and learn the art of artisanal doughnuts with Jessie Janowitz, best-selling author of The Doughnut Fix and The Doughnut King. She’ll share her favourite doughnut recipes and show you how to make hip New York City doughnuts by hand. You’ll also get a chance to stuff doughnut holes with Dough’s uniquely flavoured fillings as well as take some delicious treats home for later.
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