Hotel restaurants aren’t just to accommodate the business traveler’s quick power lunch, or the weary-eyed traveler who lands at an odd hour and can’t find anything else open. Nope. Some of my most exciting meals have been in hotel restaurants… they attract top chefs, hot designers, and the environment can be dynamic because guests are coming in and out at all hours.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, the biggest feast day of the year for many, I think it’s appropriate to talk about where you can have some of the best culinary experiences in America’s hotels. If you don’t have the energy to roast a bird or whip up some stuffing, ya might want to see if these special restaurants are serving on Thanksgiving:) Of course, this luxurious good food does come with a price. Hotel restaurants aren’t a bargain.
NoMAD, NEW YORK
Only about a year old, this restaurant has great food and a comfortable vibe. The Library in the back is great for a casual meal or drinks. The place gets glowing reviews, especially for its chicken for two -
A whole-roasted chicken with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche.
It’s not cheap though – $$$$ on Yelp.
WHITE BARN INN, KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE
The dining room is literally a restored barn from the 1820s. But the ambiance is romantic chic, and the food is mouth watering. This special restaurant has received Forbes Five Star rating, as well as a AAA Five Diamond rating.
Let’s throw some ethnic diversity in the mix here with a superstar Japanese restaurant that never disappoints. The food at every Nobu restaurant I have visited is always fresh and creative… but the decor has been different, depending on location, The Vegas restaurant is stunning – with chandeliers that look like floating amoeba…
THE CLOISTER AT SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
This 5-star resort has a dining room, The Georgian, that resoundingly reflects Southern hospitality and local flavor. Not to be Fancy Nancy again, but this is the only Forbes 5-star rated restaurant in the entire state of Georgia, according to the website.
The ambiance is slightly more formal – think Southern refinement – with a gorgeous fireplace to warm it up. It too is on the higher end of dining – the bill can really add up. For a less expensive alternative, try the Georgian Room Lounge.
MAILALINO, NEW YORK
A Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park hotel, brought to you by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Group. Lots of noteworthy touches – a view of Gramercy Park’s greenery, a bread station in the middle of the room, & a menu filled with lots of casual finger foods.
MANKA’S INVERNESS LODGE
When I lived in San Francisco, this place was legendary to those “in the know”… it can easily sneak under the radar, which is just another thing I love about Manka’s. It is one hour north of San Francisco in the hills of Inverness. It is rustic elegance in a hunting lodge type establishment.
Think big fireplaces, large reading chairs, and plaid. The food served has a lot of local flavor, as much of it is fresh and farmed in the immediate area. The menu is a five course meal for about $50 on their website. Snuggle up here and explore the wonderful world of Tomales Bay and the rest of Marin County.
Enjoy your weekend!