Wednesday, August 08, 2012


16 Hotels That Are Worth Checking Into For Their Restaurants Alone

Aug 08, 12 | 12:03 am
By Jennifer Polland
Food is an integral part of traveling, offering a window into the culture and an opportunity to break bread with in-the-know locals.
Breslin, Ace Hotel, New York
Melissa Hom
Sometimes, the best dining experiences are right inside your hotel. Whether you're looking for a high-end sophisticated dining and lodging experience or a hip and trendy eatery-hotel, we've found the best hotels for foodies in America. Not only is their food first-rate, but their restaurants are a visual treat as well.
The culinary experiences at these design-conscious hotels are so amazing that you may never want to check out.

The Breslin at The Ace Hotel, New York

The Breslin at The Ace Hotel, New York
Melissa Hom
The stylish Ace Hotel is a hipster enclave in New York City with a hip urban aesthetic.
There are cool murals and artworks in the lobby, where there's often a DJ spinning while trendy people sip on custom cocktails. Interesting lighting fixtures, furnishings, and objects from different eras appear throughout the hotel--a testament to the hotel's history (it was originally built in 1904 as the Breslin Hotel).
Home to The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, a hip gastropub; The John Dory Oyster Bar, a renowned seafood restaurant; the No. 7 Sub Shop, serving heady sandwiches; and a branch of Portland's Stumptown Coffee, the hotel is a foodie's dream.
But it's The Breslin that's got everyone in New York buzzing. Owned by April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (of Spotted Pig fame), The Breslin is a New York hotspot. People clamor to get in the doors to taste the meat-centric menu. Try the lamb burger with feta, their signature dish.

Cafe Boulud at The Surrey, New York

Cafe Boulud at The Surrey, New York
Cafe Boulud
All of the kitchens in The Surrey, an Upper East Side boutique hotel, are overseen by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud. The hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, epitomizes Upper East Side chic, with its sleek palate of muted grays and whites and its stellar service.
A meal at Cafe Boulud alone makes it worth staying here; the restaurant has one Michelin star and three stars from the New York Times. Boulud's French-American cuisine is inspired by the seasons. Try the Maine peekytoe crab in a cucumber avocado broth or the pan-seared sea scallops with chorizo, peas, mussels, and octopus in espelette broth.
And if you're feeling anti-social, you can even order directly from Cafe Boulud to your room.

Jean Georges at The Trump Hotel, New York

Jean Georges at The Trump Hotel, New York
Located on Manhattan's Central Park South, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, an elegant high-rise hotel that was recently ranked the #5 large city hotel in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, is home to what is widely acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in New York City: Jean Georges.
The eponymous restaurant of celebrity chef Jean Georges continually racks up accolades: it has 3 Michelin stars, 4 stars from the New York Times, and the 5 Diamond Award from AAA, among others. The restaurant is sophisticated, with comfortable beige chairs and contemporary lighting fixtures--but the focus stays largely on the food.
The menu changes constantly, but it features delicate and complex dishes, like caramelized foie gras with black olive seasoning and lychee or porcini-crusted arctic char with warm leek vinaigrette. One of the best deals here is the price-fixed $38 lunch menu--a bargain compared to the $168 dinner tasting menu.
If you can't get into Jean Georges, try Nougatine, the hotel's more casual (yet still refined) restaurant, also overseen by Jean Georges.
Those who are seeking a bit more privacy can order Jean George's cuisine right to their rooms 24 hours a day. Alternatively, you could also pick up some fresh ingredients nearby and cook (all 176 guest rooms and suites have fully-equipped kitchens and dining areas). Or the hotel can arrange to have a chef come to your suite and cook a personal gourmet meal.

NoMI Kitchen at The Park Hyatt Chicago, Chicago

NoMI Kitchen at The Park Hyatt Chicago, Chicago
With its breathtaking seventh-floor views, glass art by Dale Chihuly, and inviting dining room, NoMI Kitchen at The Park Hyatt Chicago has a lot to distract diners, but its the simple, fresh, flavorful food by chef Ryan LaRoche that really wows. LaRoche serves regionally-sourced farm-to-table fare to create such dishes as American Wagyu hanger steak or NoMI Kitchen risotto with lamb sausage and rock shrimp.
The restaurant, which used to be French-inspired, recently underwent a renovation that transformed it to a casually elegant dining destination that's committed to "the culture of great food."
In addition to the fine restaurant, there's also NoMI Lounge, NoMI Garden, and NoMI Wine Cellar--all of which serve excellent food and wine.
Source for full article: Business Insider

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