The hotel's main restaurant, named 24/7 (despite these not being its opening hours), is where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner all through the week. It is located on the lower ground floor of the building and benefits from a long window along the top of one of its walls through which one can see, from the outside only, a black and white New York scene. The space is dominated by the lengthly metallic bar behind which are two flatscreen televisions and a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. As well as the vintage stools along the bar, there are leather banquettes and classic design chairs around square tables and old wooden trolleys serving as tables. Along the wall opposite the bar are bundles of coverless books on shelving which rest on a series of chests whose drawers each have a number on. All around the room are photos and pieces of art by local artists which will rotate as time goes on. A piano, which is from time to time played by guests, completes the picture.
During the week the continental breakfast selection is pretty poor and we found the service to be almost non-existent. The buffet includes breads, fruit, cheese, juices etc but no cereals, although the deli is open between 7.30am and 10.30am and offers hot options such as pancakes, eggs any style and sides including sausage, bacon and fries. The lunch and dinner menu is all-American and consists of burgers, pizzas and soups as well as build-your-own salads and sandwiches, which we found to be mediocre. What is much more enjoyable is to take a drink at the bar, or, better still at the hotel's stunning rooftop bar.
Z Roof bar is open during the spring and summer (although the space is accessible all year round) and offers unbeatable views of Manhattan, the East River and the Queensboro Bridge. A great place to watch the sunset or the runners of the New York marathon cross the bridge in autumn, the bar serves a selection of cocktails and small bites. For the moment there is no room service from the restaurant, although guests are invited to take food up to their room if they wish.