Hometown Glory

Culture and cuisine earn Houston a top spot on the New York Times' wanderlust wish list

Culture and cuisine earn Houston a top spot on the New York Times' wanderlust wish list

Uchi, Exterior, July 2012
While Uchi is technically an Austin import, the New York Times notes the recently-opened Houston hotspot as one of the places not to miss.  Uchi/Facebook
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science and its new, $85 million hall of paleontology merited mention.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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The New York Times also notes the Asia Society Texas Center's new building, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.  Photo by Paul Hester/© 2011 Hester + Hardaway
Uchi, Exterior, July 2012
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News_Asia Society_preview party_January 2012_Asia Society Texas Center

Well, color us flattered. The Bayou City has been named as one of "The 46 Places to Go in 2013" in an annual list curated by the New York Times.

What's the use in traveling to Rio? Who needs Paris? We've got it all here. 

The NY Times notes that the city is moving beyond its oil and gas and big business clout and "making a bid to be the state's cultural and culinary capital." It points specifically to the Houston Museum District and the burgeoning dining scene as drivers of that change.

Among the attractions on the "don't miss" list are the Rothko Chapel, the Museum of African American Culture, the Asia Society Texas Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science's new paleo hall.

Also meriting mention were three of the city's most-talked-about restaurants of 2012, Oxheart, Underbelly and Uchi, which have gained recognition on the national scene.

Where else would you suggest first time visitors go for a true look at the city?