The Hot 5: Jumeirah Essex House's Manhattan
Patrick Sewell, Guest Relations Manager at Jumeirah Essex House, handles the most exacting guests and VIP requests with calm aplomb at this storied Manhattan hotel on Central Park. With a charming Caribbean lilt, Jamaica-born Sewell shared some of his favorite NYC recommendations:
1. Gastronomic Adventure -- Of course, I love South Gate right here in the hotel, with its floor-to-ceiling views of the park, but one of my favorite new spots is Kin Shop (469 Sixth Ave., 212-675-4295) in the West Village. Top Chef fans know chef/owner Harold Dieterle was one of the best contestants ever, but you don't have to know the show to enjoy the inventive but unassuming, modestly-priced Thai cuisine. In the Flatiron District, Mario Batali's new food emporium, Eataly (200 Fifth Ave., 646-398-5100), is a temple to all things deliciously Italian. Make a picnic out of imported treats or dine in one of the market-themed restaurants.