Expect royal treatment at The New York Palace and their restaurant, GILT.
Can you ask your New York taxi driver to ‘take me to The Palace?’ In short, no, but I had expected him to know this glamorous hotel of choice for so many smart and international travellers. My taxi driver looked at me as if I had lost my mind and had serious illusions of grandeur. I tried correcting my instructions with reference to other nearby New York landmarks: ‘opposite St. Patrick’s Cathedral or near Burberry’s headquarters,’ until we finally arrived on the corner of 50th Street and Madison Avenue.
Upon arrival at The New York Palace, my ego and royal expectations were lavishly justified. This 55-story building that rises above the Villard Mansion provides decadent accommodation with the most luxurious suites on the top 14 floors. The view from the rooms is captivatingly modern and old world at the same time – with St. Patrick’s lying majestic below and panoramic visions of New York alive with activity across the skyline. The bespoke services and interiors, in these suites, are equally impressive. Alas, we did not stay in the rooms, but were instead taken to the spa for a taste of palace pampering. Naturally, and in keeping with my regal mood, I chose the wine-infused deep-tissue massage!
Looks restored, we went downstairs to the Madison Room for a signature cocktail and some truffle-infused French fries (why not!). GILT bar is set in the nineteenth-century grandeur of the Villard Mansion’s historical Gold Room. The beauty and energy of the bar cannot be overstated. From the decorative elements to the seriously modern Zaha Hadid bar – this is an experience destination and is ‘happening’ every night of the week.
The time had come to dine at GILT restaurant. Their Executive Chef, Justin Bogle, has received critical acclaim for his modern American menu, which has received high praise from around the globe (and earned itself two Michelin stars). The restaurant is also loved by New Yorkers seeking to impress their darlings, providing a great and intimate destination for an anniversary or a birthday (with only 55 diners at a time). When dining at GILT, guests select from a three-course prix fixe menu, the five course tasting menu or put themselves completely in the hands of the chef and the sommelier for the Grand Seven Course tasting Menu.
I am glad to say that it was a breathe-taking gastronomic experience, from start to finish. Food was presented with artful expertise. These delectable morsels rolled out of the kitchen like colourful, fragrant ribbons of perfection. For me, this meant ruby red shrimp, nori, toasted sesame and turnip with pear, to start, and Monkfish with charred eggplant, cauliflower and harissa, for the main. Meanwhile, the wines that were served were extensive and our sommelier, knowledgeable. The Wine Director, Patrick Cappiello, who manages the restaurant’s 8,000 bottle cellar, looked slightly baffled (and I only hope pleased) when I declared him a ‘wine genius,’ such is his skill at choosing wines to complement the food you have chosen.
GILT is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday.
The New York Palace
3 nights in a Superior King Room on a room only basis PLUS a 50 minute restorative massage per person and 3 course Prix Fixe Dinner at GILT (excl drinks) £475 per person. Based on two people sharing a room, for travel in low season.
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