Boutique hotels exude an endearing charm and quaintness that often can’t be duplicated at mega hotels. The intimate size of boutique hotels – usually less than 100 rooms – unveils a strong personality along with a stylish ambiance. Typically situated in a fashionable urban location, a boutique hotel’s clientele is individualistic with guests who prefer uniqueness as opposed to routine.
In addition, food aficionados can normally count on a boutique hotel to house an outstanding restaurant and bar that draw a city-wide crowd, often lured by a celebrity chef such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who oversees The Mark Restaurant at The Mark, an exquisite boutique hotel. Located at 25 E. 77th St. in the voguish Upper East Side, The Mark is nestled on a leafy tree-lined street and is just steps from luxury boutiques and Museum Mile.
The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges is one of the reasons that the Upper East Side has surged to the forefront of the New York City food scene. Lunch is an event at The Mark Restaurant with such scrumptious sandwiches as a lobster burger with gruyere cheese, yuzu pickles and green chili mayo.
Dinner is to be savored with an autumn menu that features such delectable cuisine as cream of tomato soup with sourdough crouton, aged cheddar and basil followed by beef carrots miso.
Sample the crispy calamari lemon dip then feast on the parmesan crusted organic chicken with artichoke and lemon butter or grilled lamb chops with mushroom Bolognese and broccoli rabe.
The chic Mark Bar, designed by Jacques Grange with specially made furnishings by Guy de Rougemont and Vladimir Kagan, serves hand crafted classic and signature cocktails such as a spiced pear daiquiri and a Concord grape margarita. Showcased in a copper and glass wine wall in the dining room are a collection of wines from around the world.
With its prestigious location overlooking iconic Madison Avenue, The Mark Hotel affords easy walking access to museums, upscale shopping venues and fine dining. There’s no such thing as cramped quarters at The Mark as each guest room and suite offers maximum comfort and spacious accommodations. Suites range from 700 square feet to an astounding 4,788 square feet for the five bedroom Terrace Suite. Fit for royalty, the suite features a living and dining room, foyer, eat-in kitchen, terrace and 5.5 bathrooms.