Sleek, sophisticated and sexy: Viceroy New York has all the makings to delight couples searching for a romantic hideout, entertain a group of bachelors or accommodate a company traveling for a business trip. The second you step inside the midcentury-inspired lobby, adorned with elegant Paonazzo marble, sleek, camel-colored leather seating and shiny, brass-topped cocktail tables, it’s apparent you’re about to embark upon an evening of luxury.
The cozy guestrooms, boasting custom iroko-wood cabinets encompassing the bed, offer plenty of storage without sacrificing space. Housed inside a tambour door, you’ll find an Illy espresso maker and mini bar. In case you’re in the mood to unwind by listening to some tunes, there’s a Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable sound system on the nightstand for use.
The hotel’s gym—located on the basement level of the built-from-scratch skyscraper—is modest, but offers all the necessary Kinesis and yoga equipment, as well as cardio machines (treadmill and elliptical) necessary to get a decent workout. But be warned: The second you collapse on the heavenly-soft king-size bed inside a deluxe guestroom, your previous plan to wake up early for a morning sweat-sesh will be doomed. (Your intentions are good; The Viceroy’s beds are just better.) However, you will be grateful for the aforementioned fitness center after indulging in a decadent meal offered at the hotel’s eatery, Kingside. (FYI: The restaurant’s aesthetic is 1950s diner meets 1920s art-deco speakeasy.)
Chef Marc Murphy serves up sinful bites rooted in his French heritage, Italian roots and American education. The fare ranges from a hefty raw and crudo bar as well as appetizers (ask for the fried artichokes—that’s an order!). The main dishes on the menu are meant to be shared—think melt-in-your-mouth scallops ($36), perfectly-cooked Cowboy Ribeye ($115) and pasta dishes ($26–$32) that will make any carb love squeal with joy.
The hefty wine and cocktail list—approximately 100 bottles of sparkling, white and red vino—should not be overlooked either. Don’t be afraid to order the Troublemaker containing Belvedere vodka, banal, strawberry, lime and cucumber soda from the welcoming bar at the front of the restaurant. We can assure you the light, refreshing punch is anything but a bad decision. In fact, after sipping a few spirits on the main floor, you’ll definitely be inspired to reach new heights and continue the party on Gerber Group's The Roof—the hotel’s handsome terrace with amazing cityscape views.
Best of all, you can take an evening stroll and walk off your meal (and the booze) at Central Park, which is only a four-minute walk away. But let’s be honest: Even one of NYC’s most beautiful parks couldn’t steer you away from the Viceroy’s excellent hospitality.