Ian Schrager’s first NYC EDITON hotel gets a fittingly fabulous restaurant. Named for the fabled building in which it’s housed, it has London wunderkind Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social) at the helm. Sectioned into various chambers, each more swank than the next (there’s even a Billiard Room), don’t come here looking for gastropub grub. Rather, the Brit culinary whiz turns out clever takes on steak tartare, diver scallops, Berkshire pork belly – even the mac & cheese is graced with slow cooked ox cheek. As one would expect, it’s a scene.
Posh Ian Schrager hotel brand finds home on edge of Madison Square Park. Housed in spectacular Clock Tower building (once scheduled to be a Versace hotel), whose design was based on Venice’s Campanile. Swank all around, mod rooms have touch of classical elegance. Lobby bar a scene, but second floor Clocktower restaurant – helmed by hotshot London chef Jason Atherton – is where the real buzz accumulates. Fabulous, in every way.
With the NoMad Hotel bar permanently full, Daniel Humm conceived this elegant cocktail offshoot next door. All the drinks wizardry from hotel’s Library transfers over, but the gorgeous bi-level space also dishes out incongruously populist eats: fried chicken, bacon wrapped hot dog, chicken pot pie. Best to come for cocktail classics or reserve drinks selection like the surprisingly not too twee sherry cobbler.
Danny Meyer’s empire inches uptown to NoMad, in the jazzed up old Martha Washington Hotel. Continuing on from Maialino, the Roman influence is at the fore, especially the thin crust pizzas (the Testa is topped with pig face and fontina, the Seppia with cuttlefish). Excellent brunch is also alla Romana, with Cavolo Nero and Polpettine di Coniglio on offer. The cavernous space has dangling industrial light fixtures, and perhaps more austerity than you’d expect from a Meyer resto.
From nightlife gurus Gerber Group, eclectic kitchen’d grand resto with rustic industrial design from acclaimed firm Crème…including curious Marcus Pierce Headless Horseman painting as artistic focus. Seasonally driven menu, pastas, cheeses, and wild boar sausages all made in-house. Modern takes on classic cocktails, Moscow Mules, Negronis. Opens to lobby of W Union Square, so always abuzz.
This cool pizza spot brings a little culinary kick to a food challenged corner of Gramercy. Angelo Romano is a former Roberta’s chef, so pizza is serious biz here – while salads like red endive and romaine with gorgonzola make for great pairings. Dishes like the cod arrabbiata and oxtail with farina and figs up the gourmand factor. The super stylish industrial mod digs include a buzzing bar scene.
No bait and switch here: corner spot is serious about fresh seafood. Oceanfront effects, inspired by the seafood shacks of New England. Take your lobster in roll or mac ‘n’ cheese form, your clams on pizza or in a smoky New England chowder. Landlubbers can look slightly less north to Harlem fave chicken and waffles, served as a sandwich. Rope hugs the long front bar for nautical flair, echoed in captain’s wheel on the wall, fishnet in the ceiling. Craft beer list runs deep.
Hell’s Kitchen finalist Guy Vaknin does sushi for vegetarians and aesthetes. Brick, wood, and avocado-shaded walls fill an energetic space, though business is mostly take-out. Gluten-free “Chinese forbidden rice” and six-grain rice form super-colorful bases for the rolls. Kiwi, mango, mushrooms, and snap peas to appeal to your better dining angels. Chili mango, carrot ginger, or sweet soy mirin purées provide welcome upgrades for your basic soy.
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