Our 10 Best Hotel Restaurants
Robert Sietsema Head to the Trilby for a calm brunch and nosh on these poached eggs and corned beef hash.
In recent years, hotel restaurants have gone from being spots for humdrum steak dinners to some of the most exciting dining destinations around, enticing locals as well as guests to pull up a chair. So to help those of you planning a trip to town -- and those who are in need of a little staycation (because, really, who isn't?) -- we present Our 10 Best Hotel Restaurants. (The best part: If you eat and drink too much, you can always check in to a room upstairs!)
10. The Trilby -- Although the Cooper Square Hotel has had some issues with its restaurants recently, we've fallen for the newest offering, the Trilby. Although it suffers from the occasional hiccup due to lackadaisical service, it has surprisingly lovely food, like a charred octopus appetizer and a seasonal tomato salad. The carrot cake, too, is a showstopper, but we're fans of the restaurant because it offers tranquil outdoor seating, almost like a private garden. In this bustling city, it's always a joy to find that unexpected oasis of calm. 25 Cooper Square, 212-475-3400
Village Voice Not in the mood for a full on dinner? Nibble on some cheese at Tenpenny.
9. Tenpenny -- Look beyond the nondescriptness of both the Gotham Hotel's exterior and the rather Midwestern strip-mall feel of the restaurant interior and you'll discover a bounty of innovative and tasty plates at Tenpenny. Service is professional and friendly, and Christopher Cipollone's New American menu features surprising dishes like porchetta ravioli with a poached egg and a homey pork rack with savory apple pie. Can't decide what to order? Go all out and get the 10-course tasting menu. After all, you're supposed to treat yourself on vacation. 16 East 46th Street, 212-490-8300
8. Asiate -- One of the best views in the whole city is what makes this restaurant, located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, worth a visit. You have a direct view of Central Park, one that is even more magical come evening when the sun sets. Of course, the Asian-accented food is spot-on, like the "Buckwheat & Eggs," which pairs soba noodles with Osetra caviar, and wasabi cream, or the butter-poached lobster with white polenta and kaffir emulsion. Wine geeks will also gush over the 1,300 bottles available, and even penny-pinchers will appreciate the fairly affordable prix-fixe lunch. 80 Columbus Circle, 212-805 8800