A Staycation at The London NYC

June 22, 2012 | by —JESSICA FERRI | Homepage

If you're looking for a cool haven from the summer heat, step into Gordon Ramsay's luxurious London Bar in The London NYC, where the signature cocktail, The London, is a refreshing mix of grapefruit juice, gin, Lillet, and Champagne. Small bites, such as mini burgers, chilled soups, and pastries, are also available from chef Ramsay and chef de cuisine Markus Glocker.

Surrounding the London Bar is Maze by Gordon Ramsay, the hotel’s casual dining option, which offers great prix fixe lunch and pre-theater dinner menus. But the real gem of The London is Ramsay’s namesake restaurant nestled in a private room just beyond the bar. Inside this quiet oasis from the heat and hustle of the city, you can enjoy the Prestige menu for $185 per person with a $115 wine pairing, or order à la carte. For the ultimate dining experience, go through the doors of Ramsay’s state-of-the-art kitchen and dine at the chef’s table, which, we might add, is very cool and comfortable, with air conditioning vents directly above the table.

Comprising eight courses, recent chef’s table menus have included confit Hudson Valley foie gras with salted pistachio, poached capon, and rhubarb-whipped sauternes; braised halibut with crispy wild rice, trumpet noire mushrooms, and parsley smoked chicken sauce; and succulent veal tenderloin with assorted mushrooms and black truffle sauce with oxtail. For dessert, request the apple tartine, served in a copper pan and glistening with buttery sweet carmelized apples atop a golden pastry crust—with a side of house-made ice cream. It will ruin you for all other apple desserts. Available Tuesday through Saturday, the chef’s table seats eight and can even be reserved for Thanksgiving.        

While you're enjoying the cuisine at The London, you might consider a stay at the hotel. The penthouse suite will surely go down in the history books as one of the most luxurious suites in all of New York City, with 2,500-square-feet spread over two floors and breathtaking 180 degree views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. Designed by David Collins, the space is perfect for private events, with 1,200-square-feet dedicated to entertaining, a full kitchen for catering, and a fully stocked bar. The living room is complete with a gas fireplace (for a little romance) and three flat screen TVs. Upstairs, both the master bedroom and the guest bedroom boast spectacular views. In the master suite, you can take a bath with a full view of Central Park. South of the penthouse, all of the rooms at The London are suites. So, if you're looking for a roomy place to stay (or staycation) with some of the most delicious and artful cuisine in New York, The London is for you. 151 West 54th St., 212-468-888

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