Whether because of the multi-lingual concierges, one-of-a-kind fine-art exhibitions, or intelligently composed light-cuisine menus, Sofitel New York has emerged as a first-choice lodging for those with the means to choose. Well-dressed international clientele in the elevators, free coffee in the mornings in the lounge, a large wraparound public lobby space with check-in/concierge booths tucked neatly away on the sides, and a posh Deco-inspired bar just one flight of stairs from the main lobby.
The main restaurant/lounge, Gaby, is a paint-by-the-numbers upscale Parisian bistro, while the cocktail menu is modern big-city American-curated, top-shelf and heavily into dark spirits. You might get a laugh at the fact that someone split “His” and “Hers” into two sections, but at the same time you’re decrying sexism in mixology, the guy across from you will probably be ordering a Brazilian Hemingway or a Dark & Stormy from the “His” selection (But not a Lemon Drop. That is very much for the ladies).
The new De-Light by Sofitel menu is like the fine dining version of Lean Cuisine—or, if you prefer, spa cuisine brought into a Midtown bistro. Special menus, designed by Thalasso and coming in at under 500 calories, are offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We particularly approve of the 30-minute lunch menu, which offers three courses plus dessert at a quick enough turnaround to please even the most overscheduled Manhattan power luncher.
Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)