Story by Justin Paul
Originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of
Ian Schrager’s 273-room hotel channels Manhattan’s private-social-club era from its perch in the 1909 Metropolitan Life clock tower building on Madison Square Park. “The New York Edition’s
restaurant and bar are always buzzing,” confirms NYC-based Virtuoso advisor Jesse Katz. From the cozy table by the lobby’s blackened-steel fireplace to the second-floor restaurant’s velvet banquettes, billiard parlor, and horseshoe bar (layered in 24-karat gold leaf) to the digital art displayed at turndown, it’s a debut that does scene and sleep right.
DETAIL WE LOVE
Aside from the building’s working clock face? The photography. Hundreds of gold-leaf-framed images of American celebrities and musicians adorn the dining rooms, but we especially like the guest-room prints of Melvin Sokolsky’s 1963 black-and-white “Bubble” series for Harper’s Bazaar.
ROOM TO BOOK
“My favorites are the Loft Suites, which provide views of the Flatiron Building and One World Trade Center through their oversize windows,” Katz says.
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