Was inevitable, fashion fave hotel brand makes home in NYC. Stands stylishly above 57th, in veritable showdown with Park Hyatt across the street. Roman Williams designers Stephen Alesh and Robin Standefer didn’t skimp on the swank – much more “moderne” than modern, feels like it might have been around since 1940’s. Some rooms have massive windows that open(!) onto Central park views. Kingside restaurant is as cool as Midtown gets, but The Roof is where the real buzz happens.
Enters Midtown luxury hotel wars with a bang. Dramatic lobby staircase leads to 210 conservatively styled but cosmopolitan guest rooms for the expense account set. 25th floor Spa Nalai for when day’s meetings don’t go as planned. Don’t come looking for scene like nearby rival Baccarat Hotel. Rather, Back Room at One57 does low key luxe for biz clientele, and Living Room is for sophisticated, grown up cocktailing. Posh.
In the lavish Baccarat Hotel. Young chef Shea Gallante dazzles in this “brasserie de luxe”, though experimentation kept to a minimum. Halibut a L’Orange, Veal Loin & Sweetbreads, served in appropriately swish surrounds. Royal Transmontonous caviar service, should you wish to get your oligarch on.
Courtesy of Parisian designers Gilles & Boissier, a veritable paragon of contemporary opulence, with knowing nods to the baroque-mod aesthetic sensibilities of the mothership. To wit, hand-pleated silk wall coverings, stainless ribbed ceilings (for those who occasionally look up from their smartphone screens), parquet floors, marble wall treatments, and (count them) seventeen custom designed Baccarat chandeliers, all designed to veritably drench guests in the la vie luxe. All this good taste extends, naturally, to the hotel’s gastronomic Chevalier restaurant, helmed by Le Grenouille’s legendary Charles Masson.
65 stories above Rockefeller Plaza, fabled and fabulous Rainbow Room is once again lighting up the night sky—welcoming all those who prefer a dollop of dazzle with their Beef Wellington. Menu and cocktail lists still hew to the classics— lobster potpie with black truffles, short rib pot roast, 1915 G&T. But hey, let’s face it—it’s really all about the glitz and the glitter here. Bring someone special.
Clever name says it, Archer Hotel’s small but sexy rooftop bar, all glass fronted with terrace and million dollar Downtown views. Curious location west of NoMad, makes up for it in style and cheeky fun cocktail selection. Try a mezcal based Angry Mango, applejack Spy vs. Spy, or get smashed with a few bourbon and mint You Look Smashings. Soak it up with Angry Fajitas to share.
From the DNA of Le Bernardin. Eric Ripert and Aldo Sohm team up for namesake wine bar that’s tres grown up without being oenophile uppity. To wit, floppy communal couches, Modernist bric-a-brac, starry-sky arrangement of exposed bulbs—like the living room of your Metropolis reading friend. Usual suspects of Frenchie small plates – boudin blancs, foie gras lollipops, seasonal crudité – are sideshow for tightly edited by-the-glass selection (Zweitgelts, Haut-Médocs, Assyrtiko from Greece). Make it easy on yourself and do the Burgundy flight (cheaper than a flight to Burgundy).
Esquared Hospitality sets up in designy Quin Hotel on one of buzziest corners of Manhattan. Bi-level space fronted by massive windows for taking in the street action and the passing fashion eye-candy. But Meyer Davis Studio designed space is built for comfort, with lots of warm woods and elegant, dark leather banquettes; and it sprawls, with an oyster bar, mezzanine lounge, café area and three private dining rooms. As name suggests, it’s all about the fruits of the sea here; and with Braden Reardon’s menu proffering uncommon gems like Belgian Dover Sole, Grilled Ecuadorian Prawns and Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout, it’s sorta like you’re taking a sail around the world without leaving Manhattan. A workhorse, it also serves up breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Sort of a hipper food court than those shopping mall ones. Hulking space peppered with culinary boldfaced names: AvroKO goes Americana at Genuine Roadside; tapas bar El Colmado comes courtesy of chef Seamus Mullen; Caroline Fidanza does farm-to-table at Little Chef; and Ivan Orkin’s Ivan Ramen delivers an elevated take on its namesake dish. Perhaps all a bit twee—but fun for a quality Sunday afternoon pig out.