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The best hotel restaurants in NYC

Kill two birds with one stone by booking your next trip at one of these NYC hotels with the best hotel restaurants

By Hannah Howard |
Marta breakfast pizzas
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Breakfast pizza at Marta

New York City’s best hotel restaurants aren’t just good—they are among the best Manhattan restaurants, and often the best restaurants in all five boroughs. Once upon a time, hotel restaurants were a culinary no man’s land. Those days are ancient history—many of New York City’s most fantastic breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails can be found within hotels. In fact, many of these culinary meccas can be considered among the best New York attractions. From low-key, yet killer burger joints to celebrity chef hot spots to the best bars in NYC, here are the hotel restaurant where we’re eating and imbibing, or at least dying to get on the list.

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Best hotel restaurants in NYC

The Mark Restaurant
Copyright Caroline Voagen Nelson, Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
Restaurants, French

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant at the Mark Hotel is genteel and scene-y in a very Upper East Side kind of way. The menu errs on the side of neighborhood standards, which is not necessarily a problem. Take the lunchtime croque monsieur, with gooey Gruyère, Flying Pigs Farm ham, and a quail egg. It’s a mighty fine lunch. For dinner, it’s all about The Mark’s lemony grilled black bass, served with braised fennel and carrots. Finish with a Grand Marnier soufflé, light as a (very boozy) cloud.

Butterflied trout with currant-and-pine-nut relish.
Restaurants, American creative

The Standard Grill

icon-location-pin Meatpacking District

Nothing’s cooler than the Standard Grill, below André Balazs’s Meatpacking District Standard Hotel. It’s easy to hate on somewhere so cool, but it’s hard to find much fault in the restaurant, where diners can people watch at sidewalk tables, or saddle up to the bar, to feast on house-made pates, oysters or steaks with locally sourced greens. Brunch is all about almond-crusted French toast with cherry compote, and perhaps an apricot and peach-spiked Bellini.

Benjamin Steakhouse
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Benjamin Steak House

icon-location-pin Midtown

Benjamin Steakhouse is for those serious about their dry-aged prime beef. This establishment was opened by Peter Luger alums, and their clubby, oak-paneled, fireplace-equipped, high-ceilinged temple to steak in the Dylan Hotel does well by prime ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip, plus porterhouse for two, three, or four. The creamed spinach is the stuff of luscious, luscious dreams.

Veal tasting; Photographs: Virginia Rollison
Restaurants, French

Café Boulud

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Daniel Boulud’s cafe serves high-end French eats in the ritzy Surrey Hotel. Open since 1998, it’s an Upper East Side institution, practically immortal in New York City restaurant years. Striped Bass arrives “en Paupiette” with buttery pommes purée and baby leeks and duck breast is seared ‘til crispy-skinned and juicy. Molten chocolate cake is very 1998, but only in the very best way.

Margherita di bufala pizza at Marta
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


icon-location-pin Midtown

Danny Meyer has mastered fine dining, burgers and all the rest, so why not pizza? Marta is a sprawling space in the Redbury Hotel’s lobby, and the multiple wood-burning ovens are the stars of the show. The Roman-style pies have a crispy, cracker-thin crust and are topped with wild mushrooms and fragrant thyme, or an orgy of meat and cheese—sopressata, guanciale, pork sausage, mozzarella and Grana Padano. Think you can eat just one? Go ahead and try.

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