Simon And The Whale
I have to say, the hotel restaurant game in the city has gone next level. Yes, there are for sure still really crappy ones where you're practically getting stale room service ushered to your table after waiting an inordinate amount of time—let's not talk about those. Then there are restaurants like Simon & The Whale—aka a restaurant you're going to fall in lust with at first sight and fall in love with after first taste (I'm already planning my next visit back).
The moment you walk into the space, you can't help but feel the "too-cool-for-school vibe of the decor. Enveloped in dark wood from head to, well ankles, and then marbled floors, the restaurant feels super rich. There's just a touch of that old world vibe that melds effortlessly with contemporary trendiness. The gold bars, spherical hanging lights, cool looking books everywhere (you know what I'm talking about), and modern photography that you'd kinda expect to see in Miami or Cali. J'adore!
Now, the most important part. The food. A few key words to describe it: fresh, clean, vibrant, addicting. Not to mention, there's great variety! Go healthy with Executive Chef/Managing Partner Matt Griffin's Green Gazpacho with Jonah crab, almond, and currant and you'll learn very quickly that healthier menu items can also be crazy addictive—from the second they poured the Gazpacho over the crab table-side, I literally could not put my spoon down. Honestly though, I felt the same way about the Fish Sandwich with coleslaw, arugula salad, on Head Baker Zoe Kanan's poppy seed challah (I'm convinced that everything she touches is gold! Pro-Tip: Get her pastries at Studio Restaurant upstairs). I can honestly keep raving but I feel like you get the point. In case it's over your head, THE POINT IS: GO EAT IT ALL FOR YOURSELF!!!