New York’s best foodie hotels


By Eloise Parker

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June 2017

Deciding which of Manhattan’s top-notch restaurants and bars to try out can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to stray outside your hotel to discover some of the city’s most delicious offerings, says New York-based travel writer, Eloise Parker.

Stay: 11 Howard

Wine and dine: The Blond

New York hotelier Aby Rosen is as well known for hanging out with the cool kids as he is for his extensive art collection, and you’ll find both on display at his intimate SoHo bar and lounge. By day, you can read and relax on plush velvet couches, snacking on shrimp, deviled eggs and stuffed olives. Stick around after dark, when the downtown DJs hit the decks, and you could find yourself throwing shapes alongside models, socialites and even the odd European royal.

Stick around after dark, when the downtown DJs hit the decks, and you could find yourself throwing shapes alongside models, socialites and even the odd European royal

What to order

Prepare yourself for a big night out with the hearty avocado toast with chilli from the all-day menu.

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  • Enjoy a tipple inside Gin Parlour’s elegant lounge

    Gin that bites

    In October the Gin Parlour offers a unique experience called Growler Hour (15.00 -18.00), guests enjoy a 64 oz. growler of their favourite on-tap beer and cider, and order from an extensive menu of house-made sausages.

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  • The elusive neon Burger Joint sign signals secret foodie delights

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    Burgers aside, if you’re enjoying a slice of New York pizza, do as the locals, fold it in half to eat it.

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  • Tuck into a succulent steak at The Clock Tower

    Rock around The Clock

    Breakfast is available at The Clock Tower daily from 06.00 – 10.00, lunch daily from 11.30 – 15.00pm, and dinner 17.30 – 22.00 Sunday to Tuesday and 17.30 – 23.00 Wednesday to Saturday.

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Stay: Standard Highline

 

Wine and dine: The Top of The Standard and Le Bain

 

Where else can you find a plunge pool on the dance floor, 360-degree city views, and vertigo-inducing floor-to-ceiling windows in the loos? These long-time Meatpacking District favourites, 18 floors above the High Line park, still pull in a seriously fashionable crowd. Book a table, or throw on your hottest look and arrive early for a chance to sample New York nightlife at its most extravagant.

What to order

The sticky sweet-and-savoury Korean Fried chicken is highly addictive.

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Stay: Intercontinental Barclay

Wine and dine: The Gin Parlour

Early evening is the ideal time to hit up The Gin Parlour. The extensive premium gin and champagne menu attracts a sophisticated after-work crowd, as do the creative bar snacks, like the mouth-watering broiled oysters ‘Reuben’. Decorative panelling and art deco finishes hark back to this recently renovated hotel’s jazz-age roots, when stars including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford wafted through the hallowed hallways.

What to order

Have a chat with one of the expert mixologists, who’ll gladly create a custom cocktail, tailored to your tastes.

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Stay: The New York EDITION

Wine and dine: The Clock Tower

English Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton gives a homely British twist to The Clock Tower’s contemporary American offerings. Ideal for a special occasion, the seasonal menu is as elegant as the restaurant’s stylish maze of dining rooms. Low lighting, dark-wood trim and a cosy billiards room gives the aura of a chic private members club. Hotel guests can bypass the usual scramble for reservations, but should still book a few days ahead anyway for the always-busy Wednesday to Saturday evenings.

What to order

Celebrate like a local with a buttery, cooked-to-perfection prime filet mignon.

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Stay: Le Parker Meridien

Wine and dine: Burger Joint

There’s a reason celebs including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jerry Seinfeld, and Heidi Klum all flock to Le Parker Meridien. That reason is hidden behind an unassuming brown curtain in the back corner of the hotel’s sleek white marble lobby. Slip through the hidden entrance, marked only by a simple neon burger sign, and you’re transported into a cash-only, no-frills dive bar with graffiti on the walls, beer on tap and an open-flame grill. The menu is as simple as the surroundings, offering just burgers, fries, shakes, sodas and beer, though you might want to save a little room for the giant chocolate brownies.

What to order

A cheeseburger “with the works”, a side of skinny fries and a thick chocolate shake.

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Stay: The Plaza

Wine and dine: Plaza Food Hall

What should you do when you just want some quality sushi and the other half is hankering for a classic New York sub? Head down to the ever-expanding Plaza Food Hall, now home to outposts of around twenty of NYC’s most popular local eateries. Located on the basement level of the city’s most iconic hotel, many of the counters close by 8pm, so aim for quick hearty lunch, or an afternoon treat from one of the unparalleled array of dessert options. Pitch up in the café-style seating beneath the lush, living-wall garden for the best people-watching opportunities.

Alternatively, head to The Todd English Food Hall for freshly-prepared European-inspired food, from oysters to pasta, cakes to noodles.

  • Try the delights of The Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza

    Dig in

    The Todd English Food Hall offers a range of European-inspired speciality foods – including Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar, Noodle & Dumpling Bar, Pasta Bar and Sushi Bar.

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What to order

The lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, bursting with buttered chunks of fresh Maine lobster, is an East Coast specialty that’s tough to beat.

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