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Mar 19, 2007 05:50 PM

Looking for great hotel restaurant

Coming down for the evening Tuesday and looking for a dining experience in a restaurant located within a hotel. Would prefer a modern steakhouse in this setting but a new or modern restaurant in this setting would be fine. Looking for a well conceived menu within a well conceived restaurant that has a feel and appearance that is wholly independent from the hotel but synthesizes well with the hotels sensibilities.Thank you all in advance.

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  1. L'Atelier de Joel Rouchon at Four Seasons. It is not a steakhouse, but it has the top-of-the-line Kobe Beef sold by ounce. I think there will only be a handful of restaurants that have this kind of kobe beef (it is not just the kobe beef that you see everywhere, this is THE top version, the best of the best type).

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      Thank you, an excellent recommendation.

    2. I enjoyed Thor at the Rivington Hotel when a group of friends and I went there for a birthday dinner. It's definitely modern and the food is great--the potato gnocchi and duck ravioli were delicious. We also had the beef short rib and steak frites, which were excellent. Here's the website:

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        1. hmmm. hotel dining in manhattan. i'm better qualified to discuss hotel bars but i'll offer a modest thought: bull and bear in the waldorf. it's been over a year since i've eaten there, but if memory serves, the steaks were pretty good. the bar, by the way, is everything that a new york hotel bar should be.

          1. Amalia (pronounced "Am-uh-lee'-uh") is a brand new restaurant associated with but not owned by the Dream Hotel, on 55th St., b/t B'way & 7th Av. Excellent New American/Mediterranean cuisine. First-rate, friendly service. Very attractive, hip decor. The website -- -- is still under construction. But you can see the menu on menupages:

            1. After some thoughts I came up with a few more options:

              -Country and Cafe at Country in Carlton hotel near Madison Square Park
              -Jean Georges and Nougatine on the ground floor of Trump International on Columbus Circle
              -Gordon Ramsey at the relatively new London NYC hotel (the only one I listed that I haven't been, but it is on my "to-go" list)

              There are other choices, like Asiate (Fusion Japanese) at Oriental Mandarin Hotel and Inagiku (Japanese specialized in tempura) are some my favorites for Asian food in hotel restaurants. (Didn't like Kitchitti (Thai)...)

              Almost all the resturants above run "independently" from the hotel, except for Asiate which I am can't confirm.

              My favorite of all among the list is still Joel Roubochon. =D

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              1. re: kobetobiko

                Great list. Any more current suggestions? I was thinking about Gemma at the Bowery Hotel - anyone been?

                1. re: jjproville

                  BLT Market, another in the ever-expanding Laurent Tourandel empire, opened last year in the Ritz-Carlton.


                  South Gate recently opened in the Essex House. Kerry Heffernan, formerly of Eleven Madison, is in charge of the kitchen.


                2. re: kobetobiko

                  I was very disappointed with 2 dining experiences at The London, but I loved my dining expereince at Asiate. :-}