5. The Petrossian Building/Alwyn Court

Petrossian Building

Officially known as Alwyn Court, the incredibly ornate Petrossian Building took its name from the Parisian restaurant on its ground floor. The renowned restaurant serves a wide range of high end delicacies, including caviar, foie gras, and smoked fish. Located at West 58th Street on the corner of Seventh Avenue, the 12-story apartment building is just near Carnegie Hall.x

The building was built between 1907 and 1909, and was designed by Harde & Short in French Renaissance style. The Alwyn Court was designated as a New York landmark in 1966, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Its most distinguish feature is the terra-cotta ornamentation in the Francis I-style that covers the entire facade. Without splurging on the luxurious cuisines at Petrossian, the building’s glorious details give passersby a taste of the “unsurpassed gourmet experience” within.