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New York: where to stay, dine and host clients

4 February 2020

April French Furnell

When you travel to New York you face that all-important decision of location. Which neighbourhood to choose? While some visitors will never choose the same area twice, others are Upper East Side through and through. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, read Citywealth's guide to New York for our tips and recommendations to get the most out of your visit.

Where to stay

For meetings, you’ll need to have easy access to midtown and downtown. Depending on how you feel about taking the metro, you may want to consider a few options within walking distance of meetings. Hotel Hendricks in midtown boasts stylish rooms, a great restaurant – Paloma – and two rooftop bars.

In Time Square, our editor Karen Jones recently reviewed The Chatwal, a luxury boutique hotel boasting balconies and terraces for many of the larger rooms, as well as a small pool, jacuzzi, plunge pool and gym. Read the full review.

For those looking for pure luxury, with no compromises then The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side (known for hosting Meghan Markle’s baby shower) is the only choice. Designed by Jacques Grange with his bold vision and exacting eye for detail, the rooms and suites (including a Penthouse with five bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and a private rooftop terrace) are each elegant and distinctive. The Mark experience includes a hair salon, bikes and a picnic by Jean-Georges who also offers an in-room dining service, treats from Ladurée by your bedside, and access to a personal trainer.

For those wanting to experience a different side of New York, the very trendy DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn is a thriving art and tech community with trendy shops and eateries. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge enjoys waterfront and skyline views and is strong on the eco-credentials for those looking to make their trip more sustainable. It’s also been given the ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ stamp of approval. Just some of its highlights include a cellar-level cinema room, Bamford Spa and a plunge pool on the tenth floor with views over the East River.

Overlooking the East River and Roosevelt Island is the Ravel Hotel. Close to the movie studios, you could be in the company of some TV and film stars. The Penthouse restaurant serves up Asian and South American-influenced fare alongside a creative cocktail menu.

Where to dine

If it’s steak you are after, look no further than Catch Steak with its curated menu of the world’s best cuts and globally influenced dishes. There are also 50-plus sauces, relishes and marinades to choose from.

The St Regis New York oozes timeless luxury. Enjoy a cocktail in the King Cole Bar, a NYC icon, before enjoying fine dining at the Astor Court. For those looking for the VIP treatment, book Table 55 nestled in a private corner of the bar with its own exclusive menu and a bespoke wine list from the hotel’s cellar.

Word about town is that Daniel Humm, chef of Eleven Madison Park will soon be opening his first solo New York restaurant in Foster + Partners’ latest skyscraper, on the east side of Park Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets.

Where to host clients

If you are looking to impress, then Cathédrale, an architectural treasure with its 26-ft, triple height ceiling covered in a mesh sculpture by Edoardo Tresold, is a bold choice. Chef Jason Hall’s menu is filled with coastal-inspired cuisine including Bouillabaisse ‘Tetou’ with Saffron Potatoes and Red-Pepper Rouille; Roasted Lobster with Wild Oregano, Lemon, and Parsley Butter; and 30-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye Steak au Poivre.

For an informal meeting, try Veronika, styled after the European grand cafes, which opened at the end of 2019. Afterwards, take a look around the Swedish-based photography museum Fotografiska New York downstairs. Chef Robert Aikens who previously worked at Le Gavroche, and relocated to New York in 1991, he even spent a spell at Citigroup overseeing all corporate dining for the bank, is the executive chef. Dishes include wiener schnitzel, black cod and lamb goulash.

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