New York Edition
The property’s May 2015 opening in the 1909 Met Life Tower on Madison Square Park marked hotelier Ian Schrager’s return to New York. Inside the opulent restaurant, restored wood paneling, Venetian plaster, and photos from Schrager’s Studio 54 days serve as a backdrop for the city’s glamour set, who come for the gold-leaf-lined bar and billiards table. Here, lauded chef Jason Atherton helms the kitchen and oversees cuisine for major events (the hotel hosted no fewer than 13 parties in its opening week). The 273 rooms have sleek furniture and sizable showers, and many look out on the Empire State Building. Corner rooms are big by New York standards, but even the smallest bolt-hole is an oasis from the hard-hitting scene downstairs—and by extension, the rest of Manhattan.