As delightful and appetizing as Japanese dining is, sometimes you just want a good old fashioned, sophisticated Western meal. Located on the 52nd floor of the luxurious Park Hyatt Tokyo, the New York Grill is a “must” visit for any planned tour of the city and those looking for dining from close to home.
Arguably best known for the backdrop to Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s first conversation in “Lost in Translation,” this fine restaurant isn’t simply a tourist trap – it serves up remarkable dining fare along with breathtaking views of Tokyo with windows that go from the floor to the ceiling!
From its contemporary interior décor featuring paintings of New York scenes by artist Valerio Adami to cuisine that includes the finest meats, freshest salads, and unique sides, you’ll truly feel like you’re dining in New York. The one difference perhaps? The service, which was top notch, truly informative, and appreciative to have you dine there. Specifically, the waiter was helpful in choosing wine selections from their cellar that boats over 1,600 bottles.
In terms of the quality of the food, it was sensational. Some times when I dine in New York City, I find the service pretentiously ho-hum, the food overrated, and the portions misguided (elf-sized isn’t worth the money.) Again, not hear. The filet mignon that I ordered was so tender, and cooked to perfection. I highly recommend the rotisserie duck as well. The starter salad was fresh, and the endgame dessert was grand but I have to admit, arguably the best thing about this place is the adjoining New York Bar which, when I went anyway, had a wonderful jazz ensemble playing in the background. When you match great food, impeccable service, an eye-popping view, and the jazz in the background, it just simply made for a perfect dining experience.