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What to expect: The soothing ambience of Kitano New York Hotel offers includes original artworks. Fernando Botero’s black Dog sculpture dominates a marble/mahogany lobby, where classical music plays softly in the background. Four works by multimedia artist Red Grooms grace the Garden Café.
Amenity highlights: Open for lunch and dinner, a traditional Japanese restaurant with private tatami rooms serves kaiseki dinners (a dozen or more small dishes chosen by the chef). An informal café with skylight and garden serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offers an American/Japanese buffet breakfast. A mezzanine bar/lounge offering light fare features live jazz Wednesday-Saturday evenings.
Insider tip: Bryant Park adjacent to the New York Public Library four blocks from Kitano New York Hotel offers complimentary wireless Internet access from its benches.