Some of New York's most exciting restaurants are located inside of hotels. These establishments are ideal places for business breakfasts and leisurely lunches, and many of them are great choices for dinner and drinks, too. To coincide with Curbed NY's first-ever Hotels Week, here's a map of New York's best hotel restaurants:
A Guide to New York City's Best Hotel Restaurants
1. The NoMad
The Nomad has not cooled one bit since opening last year, and right now, the food and service are better than ever. You can have a blow-out dinner here ordering things like the fruits de mer plateau, the tagliatelle with snow crab, and the majestic chicken for two. But during the day, The Nomad is also a fine place for a mellow lunch or a leisurely business breakfast. The Library in the back of the space is an equally appropriate setting for a casual meeting or drinks with out of town guests. If you head back there, make sure to order the fried chicken and the crudite platter.
Nick Anderer makes one of the best bowls of bucatini all'Amatriciana in the city, and his pollo al diavolo is really something special, too. Maialino definitely delivers the goods at dinner, but the best time enjoy Danny Meyer's restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel is in the morning. The breakfast menu has fresh baked pastries, pancakes, and cream of wheat, plus hearty egg dishes like a porchetta sandwich topped with two fried eggs. The space gets great light early in the day, and you can see the greenery in Gramercy Park from several parts of the dining room.
Reynard has matured over its first year in business, and right now, it might very well be Andrew Tarlow's best restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the Wythe Hotel, this breezy American restaurant offers pastries and coffee in the morning, a menu of light, market-driven fare in the afternoon, and a dinner menu in the evening that usually includes a funky grass-fed steak and a roast chicken. An "all day" menu is also available, with things like an omelette, a juicy cheeseburger, and a very satisfying pate sandwich.
4. Ai Fiori
Celebrities and media players love taking lunch meetings at Michael White's restaurant in the Langham Place hotel, and at night, Ai Fiori feels similar to White's other three-star restaurant, Marea. Although Ai Fiori is pricey, it's not exclusive — you can head up to the bar and have a drink or a plate of pasta without any hassle. The lounge area to the right of the bar is also a fine place for a casual business meeting.
5. Locanda Verde
Locanda Verde is still knocking it out of the park, night after night. Andrew Carmellini is a master of quality control, and this might still be his best restaurant. Locanda is an especially fun choice for a blow-out business lunch. The menu during the day has many of the pasta dishes that are offered at night, as well as things like an eggplant sandwich, a sausage grinder, and a one-person portion of the roasted garlic chicken. Located in the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, Locanda Verde opens at 8 a.m. daily.
6. The Breslin and The John Dory Oyster Bar
The Breslin has developed a reputation for serving big, brash meat dishes, like the lamb burger topped with feta, the stuffed pig's foot, and the monster steaks and chops for two. Those dishes are all winners, but don't overlook the lighter items on April Bloomfield's menu. Right now, she's serving things like cucumber with smoked trout, squid a la plancha, and spring vegetable soup. Bloomfield's other restaurant in the Ace Hotel, The John Dory Oyster Bar, is one of the best places in Midtown for raw bar items and gin & tonics.
7. Nougatine at Jean Georges
The Trump Tower is home to Jean-Georges Vongerichten's fine dining flagship, Jean Georges, as well as its more casual next-door counterpart, Nougatine. The former is one of the most revered restaurant in New York City, and the latter is a solid choice for a casual meal before or after a stroll in the park or a show at Lincoln Center. The dining room at Nougatine recently got a sleek update, and the team just opened a spacious patio that looks out onto Columbus Circle. Nougtaine offers a steal of a $38 three-course dinner menu before 6 p.m. and after 10 p.m.
8. Gemma at Bowery Hotel
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The restaurant in the Bowery Hotel has an impressive dining room that was designed by Taavo Somer. But in the summer months, you're going to want to sit outside — Gemma is one of the essential al fresco dining restaurants in the city. If you want pizza, consider the focaccia Robiola, which is topped with white truffle oil and Robiola cheese. If you want pasta, order the mezzalune with lobster and burrata. Gemma is open from 7 a.m. till late every day, and the room service kitchen is open 24 hours a day.
9. The Standard Grill
Dan Silverman's The Standard Grill serves one of the best late night menus in New York City. You can get oysters, breakfast dishes, meatball sliders, fish and chips, or a monster burger, and the place is usually moving till the wee hours of the morning. Especially during the summer months, The Standard Grill is also a fun choice for a leisurely lunch or brunch al fresco.
10. Burger Joint
After 10 years in business, this "hidden" burger stand in Le Parker Meridien hotel still draws huge crowds during lunch and late at night. It's a novelty, sure, but the burgers are consistently delicious. The owners recently expanded to the Village, but the Midtown location is still the favorite. Burger Joint is an especially great place to take out-of-towners if you're in Midtown and you want a casual lunch or afternoon snack. [Photo: Yelp]
11. Cafe Boulud
Cafe Boulud is one of Daniel Boulud's most beloved restaurants. Executive chef Gavin Kaysen always delivers exciting, but accesible seasonal fare, and the dining room is classy and suitable for grown-ups. Because Cafe Boulud is a part of The Surrey Hotel, the restaurant offers breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner every day, plus room service. DB's neighboring cocktail parlor, Bar Pleiades, is also worth visiting, even if you're not dining at the restaurant.
12. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges
If you're splurging, order the incredible black truffle pizza with fontina at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ritzy restaurant inside The Mark Hotel. It's an ideal mid course, but it also makes for a great snack to share at the bar or in the front lounge area with a glass of Champagne. The menu also includes steaks, a cheeseburger with black truffle dressing, light vegetable dishes, and simply prepared proteins. If you go on a weeknight, you might see some famous faces in the room.