7 Best Hotel Restaurants in NYC
We all know NYC hotels are about more than just the bedrooms. They're about the scene, the design, the bar, and of course, the food. Read on for the 7 Best Hotel Restaurants in NYC, from the classics to a newbie with a must-try "Midnight Pasta."
The Osprey at 1 Brooklyn Bridge
Steps from the Brooklyn Bridge and East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Osprey is less than a year old, but already a mainstay of the Dumbo/Brooklyn Bridge waterfront scene. On the ground floor of 1 Brooklyn Bridge, the dining room is a complement to the market-driven New American menu, all chalky woods, cushioned banquettes, plaid accents and low-slung cafe-style lights. On the outdoor terrace, outfitted with an armada of picnic tables, views extend from the waterfront park’s lawns and trees to lower Manhattan’s jumble of skyscrapers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (with short breaks between meal services), each menu has distinct offerings but follow the market-driven theme with specialties like the fontina and thyme biscuits with plum jam at breakfast, baby beets with whipped feta for lunch, and a rotisserie chicken with seasonal vegetables for dinner. Remedy any overindulgence with a stroll along the waterfront path to the basketball courts and Pier 1, or with a twirl on Jane’s Carousel overlooking the Manhattan skyline in nearby Dumbo.
Simon and the Whale at the Freehand Hotel
The last to open of the Freehand Hotel’s funhouse of five bars and restaurants, Simon and the Whale is a book-in-advance hotspot, specializing in mostly Mediterranean classics given a New York accent. The most grown-up of the Freehand’s food outlets, the look is modern-clubhouse, with dark-wood paneling, green tile work, and a central, wraparound bar, but the crowd is an unpretentious mix of first dates, parents-in-town, and after-work group dinners. Order standout dishes for lunch like a fish sandwich on poppyseed challah and a green gazpacho with crab. Or go for a multi-course dinner feast with seafood-heavy entrees like whole fish of the day with charred carrots and couscous for two. Make sure you save room for the brioche donuts with four fillings, then head up to the tiki-themed rooftop bar, Broken Shaker.
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Narcissa at Standard East Village
Past the crowds that spill from the two streetside bars at the Standard East Village, Narcissa is a romantic, low-lit space set at the back of the buzzy hotel. Chef John Fraser oversees the curated menu that puts seasonal vegetables in the spotlight. Case in point: the insanely delicious rotisserie-crisped beets with creamy horseradish sauce. Order two. Seafood lovers are also well looked after with specialties like the Maine scallops, a crab pasta, and a whole-roasted branzino, while carnivores can go all out with the the 24-ounce bone-in rib eye with shishito peppers and potatoes.
Augustine at the Beekman Hotel
Among the Thompson Hotel group’s collection of knockout properties, the Beekman is an eye-popping standout and hands down one of the best hotel restaurants in NYC. Housed in one of New York’s first skyscrapers, it reopened as the Beekman in 2016 after a loving restoration. The ground-floor restaurants are run by two of the city's best restaurateurs : Tom Colicchio at Temple Court and Temple Court Bar, and Keith McNally, of Balthazar fame, at the gorgeous brasserie, Augustine. Here, the cozy leather booths, surrounded by vintage mirrored walls and globe lighting, are full from the first breakfast pastry to the last post-dinner nightcap throughout the week and weekend. The menu will be familiar to McNally devotees, with French cafe favorites like steak frites and salad nicoise, plus some popular rotisserie dishes, including a vegetarian-friendly option.
Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel
In a city with a hundred restaurants opening a month, the Gramercy Park Hote’ls Maialino is an enduring favorite. Opened in 2009 by Danny Meyer, the restaurant's rusticated wooden tables, bread station, and open bay windows became an instant hit with the power lunch set who were tired of the early-’00s Midtown joints. But Maialino isn’t just good looks. The classic Roman trattoria menu is so reliably tasty that it has the sort of loyal following you’re more likely to find at a neighborhood diner. There’s a dedicated bar menu for upscale paninis and cured meats, plus options for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. On the dinner menu, the cacio e pepe pasta is so good they recommend you order it “for the table,” and the signature suckling pig (“mailino” in Italian) is the finest you'll taste anywhere.
Primo's at the Frederick Hotel
On Chambers Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, Primos opened with a bang in the year-old Frederick hotel in May. Designed by Camilla Deterre, the space mixes elegant wood paneling with colorful bar stools and statement artwork, and has just a cluster of velvet banquettes and matching armchairs. More bar-with-great-snacks than a fully fledged restaurant, Primo's is all about the small plates like the seasonal vegetable platter, meatballs, and crowd-pleasing Midnight Pasta. The drinks menu is a twirl through all the traditional tipples, with Old Fashioneds, Sazaracs, Rob Roys and Negronis, plus absinthe coolers, coffee cocktails and vodka highballs with beets, dates and blood orange. We love the Primo’s Martini, a twist on the classic prepared using Double Dirty Vodka, white anchovy, and pepper.
Café Boulud at The Surrey
In the Upper East Side, Michelin-starred Cafe Boulud is a neighborhood joint that's perennially packed. Dishing up serious French fare in a low-key atmosphere (to a point, this is 76th Street and Madison Avenue, after all), the restaurant attracts suited bankers, label-loving dot commers, and the odd eccentric fashion designer. The menu is a treat of French classics, farmers market–inspired dishes, and international favorites, found under the section “Le Voyage.” If there’s a wait for a table, spend it with a cocktail at the Surrey’s glamorous lobby hangout, Bar Pleiades.
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