casablanca hotel, very expensive, (212) 869-1212. a well-appointed
times square hotel that features free wi-fi and continental
breakfast, and a wine, cheese, and champagne reception from five to
seven p.m. monday through saturday. they won't wine and dine you,
so you'll have more money to wine and dine yourself.
hotel qt, moderate to very expensive, (212) 354-2323. andrã©
balazs' design-forward times square digs are little more than a
glorified hostel, but the price, location, and coolness factor make
it a steal for new york city.
hotel roger williams, very expensive, (212) 448-7000. don't
let the rug district location in murray hill deter you - a complete
face-lift in late 2004 has turned the roger williams into one of
manhattan's hippest secrets. seventeen of the 190 rooms feature
substantial terraces - rarer than a manhattan parking spot - many
with commanding views of the empire state building.
artisanal fromagerie and bistro, french, moderate to very
expensive, (212) 725-8585.
terrance brennan's brasserie/fromagerie in murray hill nails
classic french fare like hanger steak-frites, but leave room for
the cheese. from the extensive fondue menu to the 200 aging
varieties on hand, it's a religious experience for cheese
bombay talkie, indian, moderate, (212) 242-1900. this small
chelsea eatery specializes in affordable, upscale versions of
classic indian street food.
craftbar, new american, expensive,
(212) 461-4300. simplicity rules at this cheaper alternative to tom
colicchio's minimalist flatiron food haven (craft) around the
corner. foodies freak over the rabbit and sea bass dishes, but save
room for the insanely satisfying chocolate gã¢teau with chai ice