With luxury travel booming, and the competition for guests among top hotels as fierce as ever, hotels are constantly looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One way is to bring in exceptional restaurant partners, making the hotel a destination not only for travelers, but for foodies. This is especially true in the uber-competitive New York City luxury hotel landscape.
Perhaps no hotel in the Big Apple can boast better food (and beverage) offerings than the new Ritz Carlton NoMad. Having already debuted Jose Andres’ Mediterranean eatery Zaytinya and stunning rooftop bar Nubeluz in 2022 , the Ritz in August unveiled yet another spectacular venue from the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef – The Bazaar by Jose Andres. Initially conceived in 2008, The Bazaar New York follows successful locations in Miami and Washington DC, along with sister Bazaar restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago.
In short, the theme of The Bazaar - from its menu to its design - is “Japan meets Spain.” While Japan and Spain may seem like an odd culinary pairing, the journey that Andres creates between these two worlds stems from a 17th century voyage by the first Japanese ambassador in the Americas and Spain. “This restaurant is a story 400 years in the making…it begins when a group of samurai, led by Hasekura Tsunenaga, sailed from Japan to Spain for an audience with the king. They brought with them their history, their culture, their traditions. Both Spain and Japan share a deep respect for ingredients and dedication to technique.”
Andres’ menu pays homage to the techniques and flavors of both his native Spain and Japan, often combining the two - for example with side-by-side preparations showcasing the Japanese robata grill and the Spanish Josper oven grill with Iberico pork cooked over the robata and Japanese wagyu cooked using the Josper.
Among the starters, the Cotton Candy O-Toro and the Marinated ‘Ferran Adria’ Olives – basically, liquid olives that explode in your mouth – were my favorites. The Socarrat rice dish and the braised short ribs were very good, the croquettes with jamon were fantastic, and the beef tartare was delicious. For my vegan friends, the honey-miso eggplant was amazing – but, frankly, these were standouts in a parade of standout dishes.
The dishes at The Bazaar are, not surprisingly, unique and creative, and are heavy on presentation and on aromatics. The restaurant’s Jamón Experience features ham hand-cut tableside by master jamón carvers. The Mushroom Ramen is prepared tableside in steaming glass vessels reminiscent of a science experiment. It is touches like these that help make a dinner at The Bazaar so memorable.
The Bazaar similarly incorporates the best of Japanese and Spanish
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Fiona Khuong-Huu, 16, is a pre-college student at The Julliard School and a guest artist and violinist who is part of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts. The series is geared for children ages six and older and is a fantastic, fun way to introduce a younger generation to the world of classical music.
Every year is a big year in Las Vegas, with tourism records being broken regularly. But by any standards this is really big year–we just saw the debut of the super high-profile F1 race, the Las Vegas Grand Prix, and just before that, the opening of the world’s most technologically advanced music and performance venue, the Sphere, kicking off with a run of U2 concerts that has already been extended twice. The first ever Sin City Super Bowl is coming in February, but before that there’s one other huge happening–the December 13th grand opening of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, an entirely new mega resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Design Hotels is headquartered in Berlin, with branches in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Singapore. In 2019, the company partnered with Marriott Bonvoy, expanding the reach of its member hotels and offering its community access to the industry’s leading loyalty program.
While the Caribbean is teeming with picturesque islands, few destinations can match the beauty of Puerto Rico. From the scenic shores of Rincon to the bioluminescent waters of Fajardo, this dazzling island has earned worldwide acclaim for its lush landscapes and pristine beaches—and as an added bonus, all of this abundant natural beauty has ushered in a wealth of world-class accommodations over the years, with the Condado Vanderbilt serving as one of the most lavish hotels to grace the grounds of San Juan.
Authorities suspended international flights at one airport and closed four bridges between the U.S. and Canada in the Niagara Falls area following an incident where a vehicle crashed and exploded on impact on the Rainbow Bridge.
Tigre It’s unusual to hear a rum based cocktail described as “joyful pain” but that happens at Tigre, the intimate, retro chic bar that opened this week on New York’s Lower East Side. The reason for this description is the rum, or rather rums, in the recommended cocktail Airmail composed of champagne and three symbiotic rums from Martinique, Venezuela and Haiti, countries in a region in which slavery played a part in their production. The social history detailed by the maître d’ is, obviously, painful but the cocktail itself is delicious, a choice on the “then” section reinventing classics of the six part menu. (Their screwdriver also has eight types of citrus including three types of orange.) Creative concoctions such as Mister Softee with Singani, sage and pina appear in the “Now” section and martini fans can dictate exact specifications with a ratio of 4:1 to 16:1 among other options.
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