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Best hotel restaurants in NYC: Where to check in, then dine in

These hotel restaurants are high on the list of the city’s essential destinations for local and visiting foodies alike.

 (Photograph: Michael Alexander)
Photograph: Michael Alexander

Best hotel restaurants: The Breslin Bar & Dining Room at Ace Hotel New York

 (Photograph: Marlene Rounds)
Photograph: Marlene Rounds

Best hotel restaurants: Locanda Verde at Greenwich Hotel


 (Photograph: Benoit Linero)
Photograph: Benoit Linero

Best hotel restaurants: The NoMad at the NoMad Hotel


Best hotel restaurants: Café Boulud at the Surrey


 (Photograph: Matthew Williams)
Photograph: Matthew Williams

Best hotel restaurants: Reynard at Wythe Hotel

Several of the city’s best restaurants are inside hotels, and though snagging a table at any hot eatery can be tough, in these places guests get preferential treatment. Plus you can dine at a spot helmed by past winners of our Food & Drink Awards without worrying about getting a cab back to your hotel.

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Ace Hotel New York


Since the cool Seattle-born chainlet arrived in town, it has racked up three Time Out New York Food & Drink Awards. It debuted NYC's first outpost of artisanal Oregon coffee roasters Stumptown, and chef April Bloomfield's immensely popular Breslin Bar & Dining Room broke gluttonous new ground with meaty fare served in medieval portions. In 2011, Bloomfield's formerly shuttered John Dory Oyster Bar took up residence at the hotel to great acclaim. Once you're sated, retire to one of the laid-back rooms, equipped with comforts such as Pendleton blankets and cozy hoodie robes. Some boast playful amenities like Smeg fridges, functioning turntables, stacks of vinyl and gleaming Gibson guitars.

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Greenwich Hotel


Helmed by hot chef Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Not only do hotel guests get priority reservations at the buzzy family-style spot in Robert De Niro's deluxe inn, they can order from the menu in the more intimate setting of the hotel's drawing room, the secluded courtyard or their room. The Greenwich has the vibe of a large villa somewhere between Marrakech and Milan. Rooms are spare and comfortable, appointed with down-filled leather settees, kilims and oriental rugs, and furnished with small libraries of art books.

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The NoMad Hotel


A block south of hipster hub the Ace, the NoMad is a self-contained microcosm encompassing destination dining—courtesy of Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, of Michelin-three-starred Eleven Madison Park—and the first stateside outpost of Parisian concept store Maison Kitsuné. Struck by the Haussmannesque facade of the 1903 limestone building (a former corporate HQ), owner Andrew Zobler enlisted Jacques Garcia, known for designing celebrated rue Saint-Honoré A-list crash pad Hôtel Costes, to create the opulent interior, which includes a 24-foot-long mahogany bar, complete with decorative elephants, and an ornate marble fireplace imported from a chateau outside Paris. Rooms were inspired by Garcia's old Paris apartment, with Vintage Heriz rugs, weathered leather chairs and an art collection amassed from French antique shops.

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The Surrey


Flanked by top chef Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud and his chic cocktail destination, Bar Pleiades, this elegantly restored 1920s hotel is a strong lure for gastronomes on a spree (Boulud’s restaurant also supplies the room service). Those seeking a pampering break will appreciate the new Cornelia Spa, and guests can lounge on the 17th-floor roof garden (open Apr–Sept). Rooms are dressed in a refined palette of cream, gray and beige, with luxurious white marble bathrooms featuring products by Italian perfumer Laura Tonatto. But the centerpiece is undoubtedly the incredibly comfortable DUX by Duxiana bed, swathed in luxurious Sferra linens.

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Wythe Hotel


Since the Wythe's launch team includes Andrew Tarlow, the restaurateur behind popular local eateries Diner and Marlow & Sons, it’s not surprising that the sprawling ground-floor restaurant, Reynards, was an instant hit. Like Tarlow’s restaurants, the hotel, in a 1901 cooperage near the waterfront, has a subtle vintage feel without going down the full-blown retro route. In many of the guest rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panorama of the Manhattan skyline or face a cool Steve Powers graffiti mural that re-creates vintage Brooklyn advertising. Heated concrete floors, exposed brick, reclaimed-timber beds and witty custom wallpaper (including the Wythe Toile, inspired by local street scenes) create a rustic-industrial vibe, offset by fully plugged-in technology: A cable by the bed turns your iPhone into a surround-sound music system. Deejayed parties often rock the sixth-floor bar and its sprawling terrace.

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