Best Hotel Restaurants in New York City

A team of Oyster reporters spent months exploring nearly 200 hotels in New York. We slept in the beds, tested the service, and ate in the restaurants; these are the restaurants we were most fortunate to eat in.

Trump International Hotel And Tower

Jean Georges


With elegant decor, sophisticated service, and excellent food, this is simply one of the best restaurants in New York. It's garnered three Michelin stars for superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's French-fusion cuisine which is executed magically and paired with (usually French) wine.

The New York Palace


The New York Palace Rating: 4.5 Pearls

With enormous doors, carved ceilings, glittering chandeliers, and a modern sculpture in the bar area, Gilt is so visually stunning that you might suspect that cuisine takes a back seat. Quite the contrary: This is one of the few two-Michelin-star restaurants in New York, and dishes like spot prawns with avocado, coconut, and pomelo and suckling pig with olives, cardoons, and cipollini onions -- as well as a wildly popular truffled grilled cheese inspired by Gossip Girl -- are perfectly executed. The wine cellar has more than 1,400 bottles, with many selections mercifully priced under $100.

The Greenwich Hotel

Locanda Verde

The Greenwich Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

This fabulous rustic Italian spot from New York food scene darling Andrew Carmenllini is so good, most locals have forgotten that this TriBeCa restaurant used to be the unbelievably bad Ago. The demons, though, have been fully excised and now the only headache is getting a reservation. Luckily, guests get first dibs on the tables.

The Surrey

Cafe Boulud

The Surrey Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Luxury

World-renowned three-Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud manages food and beverage at the newly renovated Surrey, and guests receive priority seating at his perhaps-misleadingly named Cafe. To be sure, it's more casual than his Daniel, one of the city's best restaurants, but food and service here are still top-notch. The menu is broken down into four categories to help diners plot a course through the superb French-American choices: classic French (la tradition), seasonally inspired (la saison); vegetarian (le potager); and world cuisine (le voyage, frequently Asian-inspired).

Excelsior Hotel

eighty one

Excelsior Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Business, Value

The name may be lowercase but this Upper West Side sleeper serves decidedly grown-up fare -- and has notched a Michelin star for its efforts. Chef Ed Brown is a master of locally sourced ingredients and his nouveau American menu ebbs with the seasons; expect to find, if not these exact dishes, entrees like Long Island duck breast with kabocha squash, butternut squash, fennel, and kumquat or Nantucket Bay scallops with sweet potato risotto and Swiss chard.

Four Seasons New York

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Four Seasons New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Business, Luxury

L'Atelier is overseen by French celebrity Chef Joel Robuchon -- though Chef Xavier Boyer is the one in the kitchen every night -- and offers French haute cuisine at very haute prices: One Oyster reporter splashed out, for example, $34 for a foie gras appetizer served in a shot glass. Nevertheless, the food is particularly excellent when it marries European techniques and Japanese flavors, as in a signature dish of sautéed tile fish in a yuzu broth.

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