By PK Greenfield
Continuing with our series on “Staycations” in and around NYC, I recently visited this boutique beauty in midtown on 50th Street just off of Park Avenue — The Kimberly Hotel.
Rich in old-world architecture and European charm, the feeling of Grand Hotel exudes from the minute you enter the lobby with Grecian statuary, wall sconces and an original antique clock above the revolving door. To the left is the most impressive tropical fish aquarium this side of Baltimore. This captivating display alone received a great deal of attention by both young and old guests as I sipped a cappuccino and waited for my room. The polite and professional staff greeted me from curbside to rooftop.
Following is what you need to know when you desperately desire a break but don’t want to travel too far from the tri-state area.
The rooms are appointed with a kitschy charm that blends the past with the present as well as a wink and nod to the go-go ‘80s. Think plush and spacious. The fabrics are mostly damask and the furniture is a collection of replica pieces both pre and post turn-of-the-century. If you are tired of modern day glamour and uncomfortable sleekness and crave a little down-home comfort, this is where you need to be. It’s like a big New York hug!
The suites are a major feature in The Kimberly with rooms larger than most metropolis apartments. Many suites can be adjoined for families and come with a bar area, sitting room, multiple TVs, expansive bath and a private balcony overlooking midtown and offer a glimpse into the offices and residences for those who like to sneak a peek.
The staff is very professional and the hotel offers a spectacular Happy Hour and the breakfast buffet on the rooftop with everything from fresh fruit, granola and cereal to bacon, sausage and eggs to personal omelets made to order.
During your stay you should take time to visit Upstairs. It’s an indoor/outdoor lounge on the penthouse floor. The retractable ceiling and spectacular views are only surpassed by the professional and friendly staff and vista. Expect a front seat view of the Chrysler Building. It is one, if not the only rooftop lounge with a retractable ceiling.
Once upon a time, restaurants in hotels were notorious for bad food. They wised up as diners sent a message loud and clear. Today, hotel dining is off the charts in the city with as many options and flavors that give Iron Chefs a run for their money, ingredients and spices. The Kimberly is home to two restaurants: Bistango and Empire Steakhouse, the latter is partly owned by and the Sinanaj family and actor Chazz Palmenteri. Aside from charring prime cuts of meat and poultry, they are also known for being the first spot where Edith Piaf performed upon arriving in New York City.
You will see her portrait on the wall.
Bistango is the hotel’s Italian homestead. With a brick oven and selections from the Mediterranean, the restaurant is tranquil and hectic at the same time — just like Italy itself. Passionate red walls give way to an intimate dining area and handsome staff who completely understand the term hospitality.
The restaurant offers authentic cuisine from the country that is shaped like a boot: Lioni Burrata, Arancini, Orecchette, Branzino… I recommend you start with Mussels and white wine, roasted garlic, shallot, tomatoes, crushed red pepper.
The Branzino is so light and flaky that you will float to your hotel suite like a flying fish. I also suggest you try the scallops with cherry tomatoes, caper, abby green salad and lemon butter sauce. Memorable!
This is part of a series we’ve been doing on Staycations in and around NYC. Before the Summer heat strikes and we all head for the beach or mountains or outer regions, now is the time to take advantage of our
Read our series in the travel section of Beauty News NYC magazine.
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145 East 50th Street,
New York, NY