I've seen some yays for Landmarc and I just wanted a couple of more yes's before making a reservation. We're attending a dessert reception at One Central Park Club (which I think is in the TWC) and would like to eat some dinner between a welcome cocktail reception and the dessert reception. Is Landmarc the way to go? Any other recs? We're coming from the Waldorf-Astoria to the TWC and we've got about an hour and a half to two hours for dinner. Price isn't an issue, more time issues and location! Thanks!
Kate, I know it sounds like a copout answer -- but really, whether Landmarc is a good rec for you or not depends entirely on what are you're looking for.
What Landmarc TWC is: A SoHo-style modern space / comfortable neighborhood joint with an extensive, decent menu that's friendly for picky eaters, children, with a few options for the more adventurous, too (i.e. boudin noir), and a cheap-for-nyc wine list. It's a great place to go if you want to drop in somewhere without too much advance planning b/c of the size of the space and their limited reservation policy (no reservations for parties of fewer than 6). Service is relatively quick, but depending on when you go, you may need to wait for a table. I've never waited longer than 15 minutes, and there's ample room at the bar to do so.
What Landmarc TWV is not: It is not going to be the best meal or wine list or service you encounter in NYC.
The Waldorf is close to many, many good restaurants, though many are more expensive than Landmarc. Do you have any cuisine preferences? Restaurants that I think are very good and nearer than Landmarc include the Modern Dining Room and Aquavit (both of which I'm getting a little tired of touting, but still, frankly like a great deal), Kuruma Zushi, to a lesser extent than the others Insieme, Anthos and Milos.
I have personally never had good fish at Bar Masa. (It's very different from Masa.)
If you strongly prefer to eat close to the TWC, Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel attached to the TWC is, IMO, the best non-astronomically expensive restaurant there for dinner and the view of CP is good. Landmarc and Bouchon Bakery would be my runner ups. If you're comparing just soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries (all Bouchon's limited menu has), Bouchon does better. Landmarc has more options and is a real restaurant rather than a cafe. (Note that Bouchon closes at nine and options become increasingly limited closer to close.)
Do consider Bar Boulud, close by...