New York Grill, Tokyo, Japan – Restaurant Review

By Jonathan Spira on 18 January 2012
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Occupying the 52nd floor of Tokyo’s elegant Park Hyatt Tokyo, the New York Grill has been a favorite place for lunch and dinner since it opened in 1994.

With its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides of the restaurant, open kitchen (with counter seating for a better view), and a seemingly endless wine cellar, it’s easy to understand why.

The restaurant had even better views of the city than my room two floors below, so it was hard to concentrate on reading the menu and wine list when my eyes were continually drawn to the clear night outside.  Competing with the views are four very large paintings of New York scenes by Valerio Adami, an Italian artist.

Although I was one of the first to arrive (due to my plans for an obscenely early wake-up at 4:30 a.m. to catch my flight on the Boeing Dreamliner 787 ), the restaurant soon filled up and several larger tables were filled by business travelers continuing their meetings over dinner.

I had difficulty deciding on a wine, and I wasn’t familiar with very many of them (the wine list has a strong emphasis on wines from California), so the waiter conducted an impromptu wine tasting at my table.

After great deliberation, I settled on the Chateau St. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling, which was excellent with subtle minerality.

Choosing my appetizer and entrée was equally difficult given the range of choices, but the staff was happy to let me mix and match from the à la carte menu and the prix fixe menu.

I started with the foie gras terrine with poached Kogyoku apple and brioche bread pudding from the Manhattan prix fixe menu, which was delicious.  I then ordered the Kobe beef, which was tender and quite tasty.

Portions were generous and the service was impeccable.   Bring a camera for the views and enjoy.

New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Tokyo 163-1055 Japan
Tel: +81 3 5322 1234


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