The Big Apple is a massive city with a population of over 8 million people. It’s not too hard to get lost out here.
You might be something of an agoraphobic, or maybe you’re sick of hot dogs, or perhaps you’ve made one of those South-East Asian arrangements where you eat at the same place you sleep. Whatever your motivation, you want to discover some of New York’s recommended hotel restaurants. Fear not – that’s exactly what we’ve been thinking about. As the Roman saying goes, “ciao down.”
1. Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trumping right into first place thanks to its elegant décor, sophisticated service and excellent food is the Trump International Hotel and Tower. This 177m tall high-rise building has 44 floors, providing some spectacular views over Manhattan. The hotel is situated at 1 Central Park West on Columbus Circle between Broadway and Central Park West in Manhattan. Depending on how far you might stretch the term ‘claim to fame’, the building had its 15 minutes as the setting of the 2011 comedy crime film Tower Heist, which stars revered and accomplished thespians Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.
2. The Gramercy Park Hotel
Amidst the clamour of ‘unique’ claims throughout the city, the Gramercy might just have a leg to stand on. The hotel restaurant’s decor, created by Ian Schrager, is gorgeously novel and includes many beautiful paintings. There are also two awesome bars here: the Rose and Jade bars. According to popular narrative, Janet Jackson was spotted admiring the artwork in the Rose bar, Kid Rock was seen outside smoking a cigarette, and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford had a business meeting there. Stop the press…
3. The New York Palace
The New York Palace is home to a splendid restaurant called Gilt. This lavish area is accessed via an enormous door and presents a visually stunning environment, complete with carved ceilings, glittering chandeliers and a modern sculpture in the bar area. You can order dishes like spot prawns with avocado, coconut, and pomelo and suckling pig with olives, cardoons, and cipollini onions, as well as a wildly popular truffled grilled cheese inspired by television series Gossip Girl. The association here is that Gossip Girl is filmed at the hotel one or two days a month. Plenty of celebrities, royalty, and well-to-do guests stay at the Palace, especially in the VIP Towers section.
4. Mercer Hotel
Do you want to eat and sleep in a place where a celebrity chef will serve unsurpassed food? Try the Mercer Hotel, situated in Soho. If you’d like to taste the creations of Jean-Georges Vongerichten or Daniel Boulud, this hotel restaurant was built for you! Dishes like black truffles and fontina cheese pizza ($18) or lobster sauteed in salted butter ($45) from Jean George’s Mercer kitchen are available 24 hours a day!
5. The Mark Hotel
The restaurant of the Mark Hotel also offers meats from the renowned Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For latecomers, meals can be served until 1am, with treats such as a burger with black truffle dressing and brie still on the menu. The place is quiet in the afternoon and you can find proper tea service along with eclairs, currant scones with jam and clotted cream, and cucumber and cress sandwiches. Yummy!
6. The Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin is a popular hotel where you can eat in the restaurant whilst overlooking Central Park. This restaurant, which serves modern cuisine with a strong Asian influence, is voted by Zaget as having the best view in New York. Before enjoying the food you can also go to the gym or swimming pool, which are both located on the 35th floor.
7. Four Seasons
Four Seasons New York has a restaurant which is run by a French celebrity chef, Joel Robuchon. “L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon” is only open for dinner time through reservations, where it offers French haute cuisine at high prices. Menu items include roast Japanese hanger steak ($44 entree, $25 appetizer) or stuffed quail with foie gras and potato puree ($48 entree, $28 appetizer). Smart casual clothes are required, which means a well-pressed shirt and suit trousers with an optional tie, dresses for the ladies, and no giraffe costumes, please.
8. St Regis New York
In 2008, internationally renowned by Michelin-star, the chef Alain Ducasse opened his new signature restaurant, Adour, at the St. Regis Hotel. The French restaurant has received critical acclaim for both its food and decor. It obtained three stars from the New York Times and has been nominated for a James Beard award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design”.
9. The Plaza
The Plaza features French furniture in a 19th century style. The Oak Room, the restaurant of the hotel, offers meals in a romantic atmosphere underneath an imposing chandelier. Cuisine is French, and dress code is haughty. Afterwards you’ll be able to choose from a selection of different cheeses for $22 or try tasty pastries from the pastry chef, Mallory Staley.
10. The Greenwich Hotel
Owned by Robert de Niro, The Greenwich Hotel has an amazing Italian restaurant, the Locanda Verde, where you’ll be able to eat outside while taking a sunbath. The attractive menu includes dishes such as lamb meatball sliders and grandmother’s ravioli. Karen DeMasco, the pastry chef, is a real celebrity with her tasty lemon tarts with buttermilk gelato and ricotta panna cotta with huckleberries.
I think I’ve put on about 20 kilos since beginning this blogpost. These celebrity chefs have a great deal to answer for. Have you already been in one of these hotels? There must be some of your favourites we’ve missed out here – what else can we add to our list?