Luxury Hotels

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In fact The Mark’s owners, Alexico Group, control the whole block. They lease out a couple of units but other retail outlets fall under the remit of hotel GM Etienne Haro. Walk up Madison and the west side, 77th to 78th, offers Vhernier Milano, Alison Lou, La Ligne New York and other purveyors of must-have collectibles.

Alexico bought some of the block to store The Mark’s innards, so to speak. This means all the utilities have been removed from the 16-floor hotel’s rooftop, which is now a fabulous terrace and event space. See a corner, above.  Cocktails up there. Cocktails down at ground level in a theatrical bar – or outside, open to the elements on the sidewalk or in one of two street-set cabanas that were erected during the pandemic. One, incidentally, is so substantial it has a wooden frame, air-control and a working kitchen – it did a great fondue business winter-long and now it is switching to plant-based for summer.

Jean-Georges, the main hotel restaurant is, like the bedrooms, designed by Jacques Grange, a residential genius (remember this is a hotel that is deliberately different). The locals who regularly come into the hotel to eat – they constitute over 80% of eaters, all three meals – walk in over the black and white, Bridget Riley-style, lobby floor, a Ron Arad open-Catherine-wheel light hanging overhead. The restaurant’s menu is what you want, from pizzas to a 28-day dry-aged ribeye, to be shared between two substantial appetites. The meat’s from Debragga, kings of America’s butchers. Ask for a suitable red wine, by the glass, and you might be offer Ch Talbot, no less. It’s that kind of place.