The best new luxury hotels and restaurants in New York | Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

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The buzz is back on the New York hotel scene. After a painful Covid-19 hiatus, a wave of new openings has breathed new life into the city – making now the perfect time to discover (or rediscover) the Big Apple. Here’s our roundup of the most exciting new places to eat and stay.

Hotel Indigo Williamsburg

The Indigo Hotel
Hotel Indigo is within walking distance of Williamsburg’s bustling main drag (Bedford Avenue) while being located directly above the Metropolitan Avenue subway station.

Forget Manhattan, Brooklyn is New York’s hottest new destination for hotel openings and ultra-cool Williamsburg is at the heart of this trend. The area is full of trendy restaurants – from artisanal pizzerias to craft breweries – and quirky shops.

Hotel Indigo is within walking distance of Williamsburg’s bustling main drag (Bedford Avenue) while being located directly above the Metropolitan Avenue subway station, meaning you can be in midtown Manhattan surrounded from the main tourist sites in just 10 minutes.

In the lobby, there’s a sleek bar with 1950s-style bucket chairs and sofas, a great spot for a morning coffee. Outside is a garden with fire pits and, on the lower level, a well-equipped gym. A bar leads to an outdoor terrace and an open-air pool, which warms to swim-up temperatures in the summer. The rooms are very spacious with a simple but elegant design, including long side beds, sleek desks for telecommuters, and waterfall showers.

Visit ihg.com/hotelindigo for more information.

Hotel Ace Brooklyn

Like you are coffee
The hotel’s As You Are restaurant draws inspiration from all of New York’s disparate international communities

The second New York outpost of the Ace Hotel Group, this is a hugely popular addition to Brooklyn’s burgeoning hotel scene.

An earthy color palette, deep mid-century bucket seats, and exposed concrete walls create a very urban feel that’s stylish without being pretentious. The hotel feels like a place you’d want to hang out whether you’re a local or a visitor, as evidenced by its laid-back café, As You Are, which draws inspiration from all of New York’s disparate international communities.

The radiant pasta on the dinner menu, for example, is topped with an octopus mezcal stew that simultaneously channels the Italian, Spanish and Mexican cuisines of the city’s immigrants. During brunch, there’s an impressive bakery counter offering everything from flaky Portuguese pastel de nata to genuine blue sticky American donuts. Most importantly for brunches – the coffee is superb.

Like the rest of the hotel, the cafe is extremely stylish. Its teak woodwork and forest green benches create an atmosphere that is both retro and elegant. There’s also a natural wine bar covered in potted plants and a cozy low-light, called The Lobby, for cocktails.

Visit acehotel.com/brooklyn for more information.

Kaiseki Room by Yamada

The restaurant, which opened in 2021, is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of kaiseki – a multi-course dinner considered Japan’s version of haute cuisine

With only 20 seats, Kaiseki Room by Yamada can claim to have some of the most sought-after seats in the New York dining scene. 12 of these seats are at the counter, where you can watch chef Isao Yamada expertly slicing sashimi and searing wagyu.

Diners can choose from a 10- or eight-course tasting menu (costing $300 and $200, respectively) that changes with the seasons. Standout dishes currently on the menu include incredibly umami smoked tuna bone broth and pink spider crab topped with shavings of the finest black truffle.

The restaurant, which opened in 2021, is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of kaiseki – a multi-course dinner considered Japan’s version of haute cuisine. It started life as a meal for Buddhist monks during tea ceremonies, but has since become a favorite of Japanese high society.

Yamada is an expert in the art of kaiseki – having run specialty restaurants across Japan and the United States. In this latest opening, the Zen experience of the tea ceremony permeates not only the food, but also the architecture, decor, and even kitchenware. Interiors feature undulating wood paneling (handmade by a French cabinetmaker) that envelops diners, and food is served in treasure-like dishes – each selected to match what’s inside.

Visit washokurooms.com for more information.

Mark’s Off Madison

Mark's Off Madison
This new addition to New York’s Italian food scene strikes a perfect balance

This new addition to New York’s Italian dining scene strikes the perfect balance. Without taking himself too seriously, he manages to take his food very seriously.

You can come at dinnertime to enjoy hand-rolled pasta with sublime sauces, from melt-in-your-mouth brisket stew to silky lobster-flavoured tomato cream – all served with no white tablecloth in sight. But also come for a lively Saturday brunch to feast on scrambled eggs with cheese fondue and challah French toast. Or at aperitif time to sip cocktails and nibble on free crisps (in true Italian bar style).

The outdoor tables — and proximity to bustling Madison Square Park — make you feel like you’re sitting right next to an Italian piazza. But the in-house bakery — which produces bagels and bialy that New Yorkers are willing to travel for — is a tribute to chef-owner Mark Strausman’s Jewish roots.

The whole experience is delightfully interactive. You can see straight into the bakery where the kitchen team kneads the focaccia for the evening service. And Mark himself is often seen at lively round tables checking on his customers – many of whom are loyalists who have followed him from restaurant to restaurant over the years.

Visit marksoffmadison.com for more information.

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