Keeping up with the latest it restaurants in Manhattan can feel like a full-time job. For those looking for a near-surefire roadmap: the latest crop is all but exclusively located in hotels, where lounge-and-bar areas make for an all-encompassing night on the town. Consider this your heat map of the latest and greatest hotel restaurants in NYC.
The Clocktower at The New York EDITION
The Clocktower, one of Stephen Starr’s (of Morimoto and Buddakan fame) latest ventures, is located in The New York EDITION, which comes our way from Miami and London. True to Starr’s other spots the eclectic eatery is a glamorous project with food that comes served on mismatched tableware, giving them built-in Instagram appeal. As for the space, it’s spread across multiple rooms including a billiards room with purple pool tables and a bustling bar. Go.
Indian Accent at Le Parker Meridien
Prepare to be seriously dazzled by Indian Accent, which offers a chef’s tasting and three and four-course prix fixe menu options. A spinoff of the award-wining New Delhi original—which is considered by many foodies to be among the best, if not the best, Indian restaurants in the world—expect classics like masala and vindaloo along with more innovative dishes in the clean-lined minimalist space. Go.
Salvation Burger at Pod 51
Leave it to April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (the duo behind The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and The John Dory), to draw the it crowd to midtown. The lively spot makes its burgers with grass-fed beef that’s butchered in-house. Other American classics on the menu include house-smoked hot dogs, fritters, pies and shakes. Go.
Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park
Nearly three decades after the original Jams shuttered, Top Chef Masters alum Jonathan Waxman has resurrected his cult foodie spot. Way ahead of its time when it opened in the 80s, the second iteration, as with the original, focuses on local and seasonal ingredients and clean presentations. In line with the eats, the décor is simple and rustic with oversized windows for a sun-drenched effect. Go.
Covina at Park South Hotel
For a bustling atmosphere and consistent eats head to this Mediterranean-influenced American restaurant. The menu includes a variety of wood-fired pizzas, burgers, grilled meats and fish, skewers and handmade pastas. Come during the warm months and head to the Roof at Park South, the hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar, for a nightcap. Go.
Reynard at Wythe Hotel
Even die-hard Manhattanites have been venturing to Brooklyn where Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons and Roman has opened a waterfront hotel complete with a buzzy (read: packed and loud) restaurant, Reynard and charming courtyard. The airy space focuses on seasonal American and Brasserie-inspired dishes though the real draw is their dessert menu, which includes peach melba yogurt and chocolate torte. Go.
La Sirena in Maritime Hotel
The Maritime can thank La Sirena, which took over the La Bottega space, for putting it on the map once again. At the oversized Italian eatery you’ll find two dining areas connected by a massive 38-foot long white Caesarstone bar. The very extensive menu also includes nearly a dozen appetizing dessert options. Go.
Impero Caffè by Scott Conant at the INNSIDE hotel
This airy space boasts tablecloth-free tables and beautiful flower arrangements for a zen-like space to enjoy Italian cuisine. The focus here is on the pasta dishes, which include nearly a dozen options like duck-and-black-truffle cavatelli and mint pappardelle. Though it’s consistently packed with just 73 seats the noise level is bearable. There’s also a casual lounge area where you can order small bites. Go.