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Upscale Hotel Dining in New York City

Hotel dining has certainly elevated in the past few years. Check out these upscale options you can try without ever leaving your hotel!

With hundreds of hotel options in New York City, it becomes challenging to narrow down the perfect accommodations for travelers coming to our city. According to the World Tourism Organization, culinary tourism is on the rise, with the average tourist spending approximately one-third of their vacation budget on food. This is why it becomes increasingly important for hotels to offer both exceptional lodging and dining experiences to give their hotel a competitive edge among others in the city. In recent years, hotels have started catering to the well-traveled clientele and seeking creative ways to keep their guests from leaving their hotel in search of other dining options. Because food-related posts continue to be one of the most engaging on social media, presentation and food quality must remain at the forefront when hotels decide on the restaurants that will live in their hotel.

Upscale Hotel Dining in New York City

As the most populous city in the United States, it comes as no surprise that the Big Apple would have endless lodging options with premiere dining experiences guaranteed to satisfy even the most seasoned palate.

Dowling’s at The Carlyle

Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique brings sophistication and upscale cuisine to the quintessential hotel restaurant. Dowling’s at The Carlyle is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with brunch options on the weekend, two-course lunch menus, and an extensive wine list. The menu of elevated NYC classics features comfort foods like lobster bisque and roast chicken alongside more luxurious tastes like Kaviari Oscietre Caviar and salt-baked Branzino.

Dowling's at The Carlyle Interior New York | WhereTraveler
Dowling's at The Carlyle Interior (Courtesy The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel)

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

The first Manhattan establishment by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is located at the swanky downtown Four Seasons Hotel New York. Guests at The Four Seasons can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch in an elegant dining atmosphere overlooking lower Manhattan. The restaurant, designed by French designer Jacques Garcia, is both elegant and intimate. The space is adorned with artwork curated by haute couture designer Gelila Assefa Puck who also happens to be Wolfgang’s wife.

Diners will enjoy elevated lunch options like the “Tsukiji Market Sashimi Salad” and the chef’s famous “Grilled USDA Prime Cheeseburger” made with aged Vermont Cheddar and Jalapeno-Shallot Marmalade. For dinner, we recommend the “Big Eye Tuna Tartare” for starters and one of the Japanese or American USDA prime and grass-fed steaks that have earned CUT a coveted spot on Michelin Guide’s December 2021 list of ‘Best Steakhouses in New York City.’

Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori inside The Langham New York offers upscale Italian cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Enjoy one of three tasting menus (including a unique vegetarian selection) with optional wine pairings, or select a la carte from the dinner menu. If you’re in the mood for something truly decadent, opt for the Platinum Osetra Caviar or the Golden Kaluga Caviar. If you’re looking for just a taste of the menu, swing by for Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weeknights and enjoy a selection of starters and appetizer-sized pastas. 

Banquettes at Ai Fiori Inside The Langham New York | WhereTraveler
Banquettes at Ai Fiori Inside The Langham New York (©Noah Fecks)

Temple Court

The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, is located within walking distance from the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. It is architecturally distinct, with a pyramidal glass ceiling at the pinnacle of its nine-story atrium. Chef Tom Colicchio, a winner of five James Beard awards, is the founder of Temple Court. The menu at the fine dining restaurant at The Beekman features “Lobster Salad” and “Grilled Quail,” for starters. Entrees include “Stuffed Rabbit Loin” and “Rohan Duck.” 

Temple Court Interior New York | WhereTraveler
Temple Court Interior (Courtesy Crafted Hospitality)

Palm Court

Located inside The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, Palm Court has been wowing diners for decades. The hotel’s main restaurant serves up breakfast, afternoon tea and evening libations, so it’s easy to make a stop at any time of the day. If you’re in the mood for a real taste of NYC, the Manhattan Tea brings some of the classic New York City flavors to one of the most elegant settings imaginable with flavors like rye bread, deviled egg salad, roasted prime rib and pastrami-cured salmon. Suppose you’re bringing young ones in tow? The Eloise Tea is a perfectly lovely way to spend an afternoon for fans of the books (adults and children alike). If you’re looking for a meal that really gives back, stop in on a Tuesday, when Palm Court donates 10% of the sales from afternoon tea to the Metropolitan Opera Guild. 

Palm Court at The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel New York | WhereTraveler
Palm Court Dining Room Interior (Courtesy The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel)

Contour

The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park is located adjacent to Central Park and near Times Square and the Theater District. It houses Contour, an all-day gastro lounge that features contemporary American fare and cocktails. The restaurant features the Contour Grand Room, the Contour Bar Room and the Contour Salon Room. A Matisse sketch runs across the ceiling, inspiring the name of the restaurant and connecting the three spaces. The restaurant focuses on the luxury beverage experience complemented by sharable plates while utilizing locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast specialties include “Bread Pudding French Toast” served with Italian Cannoli Cream and mixed berry compote. Lunch and dinner entrée favorites include the “Pan Roasted Beef Filet” and the “Seared Skuna Bay Salmon.” Don’t miss the delightful “Ritz Chocolate Cake” made with Valrhona Chocolate Chip and Grand Marnier Ganache.