In January, the iconic Loews Regency, located on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, re-opened after a $100-million-dollar renovation, and we recently had the opportunity to spend an evening there and sample their completely renovated restaurant, the equally iconic Regency Bar & Grill. The newly refurbished space is classic New York chic, and an upscale getaway definitely worth considering for your next visit to the Big Apple.
The hotel boasts 328 guest rooms and 58 suites, with plenty of upscale amenities like a 47-inch flat screen TV, complimentary shoe shine and garment pressing, high-speed internet access, and televisions inside bathroom mirrors. If you’re looking to travel locally there’s a complimentary car available, and an overall atmosphere of quiet professionalism.
There are a handful of perks available to those staying at the hotel as well, if you know to ask for them when making your reservation. There’s the Park to Park package, which includes a private walking tour of Central Park with an official tour guide, an autographed copy of Central Park, An American Masterpiece, a tote bag, hats, and two cocktails at the Regency Bar & Grill, and the Park Avenue Privileges program provides complimentary amenities like wifi, car service, cookies, and luggage storage. Several suites also offer a complimentary mini-bar, but the Milk the Mini-Bar package allows you free reign over your entire mini-bar for a $30 addition to your room rate.
The newly renovated Regency Bar & Grill is also quite attractive, with dim lighting, a spacious bar, large tables, framed paintings, and muted earth tones. They did away with the popular Michael’s at the Regency jazz club and opened up the entire spacious room, and while it was a disappointment that it closed, they did a great job at re-conceptualizing the space. Chef Dan Silverman has been brought in, and the new seasonal menu includes offerings like a luxurious beef tartare with homemade potato chips, yellowtail Hamachi with pineapple, chili, and mint, a duo of suckling pig with seasonal vegetables, pan-roasted Dover sole, and a 36-ounce rib eye for two. The wine list is also intriguing and varied, as are the cocktails. And don’t forget that this is the restaurant that invented the “Power Breakfast,” though they still offer a solid and traditional daily breakfast.
If you’re planning your visit to New York, definitely consider the Loews Regency. It’s refined and chic, newly refurbished, has a central Midtown location on a quieter stretch of Park Avenue, offers a host of fun amenities and packages, and a great restaurant is located steps from your room.