Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Sneak-Preview of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New YorkSneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York  |  New York, United States  |  If you happen to be a huge fan of Baccarat as I am, how can you not be, then you will love this brand new / soon to open first hotel by iconic luxury brand Baccarat. Heritage is the word that defines this heaven made out of glass, silk, fine textures and a galore of  exquisitely curated marvelous chandeliers. Founded and commanded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years.  Continue reading Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Anniversary Dinner at The Plaza Athenee New YorkAnniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York  |  New York, Unites States | For our third year anniversary, with Rubin Singer, we choose this time to celebrate it with an intimate private dinner at Arabelle Restaurant at The Plaza Athenee New York. Mondays, the restaurant remains closed, therefore it is the perfect time to have your one-on-one private dinning experience. We chose the small room next to, my absolute favorite bar in New York, the Seine Bar. Very cozy, intimate and old time chic. For a minute you forget about being in New York, and you are transported to a petit bistro in France.  Continue reading Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown by www.carlosmelia.comCastle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown  |  New York, United States |  Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara.  Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Brand new Park Hyatt New York

Brand new Park Hyatt New York by www.carlosmeliablog.comBrand new Park Hyatt New York | New York, US | Today I was invited to visit the brand new Park Hyatt New York, followed by a casual and wonderful lunch at The Back Room ONE57 Restaurant, American Grill with a touch of French, all prepared by the expert hand of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault. Park Hyatt New York is located in the heart of midtown at 153 West 57th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 generously sized guest rooms including 92 suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The state-of-the-art guest rooms are among the largest in the city, starting from 475 square feet or 44 square meters. Throughout the hotel, guests will experience an uncommon space offering sophistication and elegance. The hotel is located at New York’s tallest residential building, occupying ground floor to the 25th floor. Onwards is all private residences with services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt. A full-service Spa Nalai, fitness center with partial views of the Central Park and a lovely indoor pool. Fully pet friendly. Seamless check in concept, right from the entrance to your room. On the third floor there is a Guest Services and Les Clefs d’Or Concierge desk. I LOVED:  Size of the rooms and bathrooms + the MiniBars which are like little jewel boxes full of surprises + the ballroom spaces for events + the balcony suites (specially the balconies) + the indoor pool + the fact that the building is fully WiFi Free of charge + being Pet Friendly Hotel w/ what I like to call VID – Very Important Dog treatment and amenities + the Beets Risotto I tried for lunch at The Back Room ONE57 + the Bar. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE: Being such a high-rise building, I was expecting to have breathtaking 360 degrees and panoramic views of Manhattan and most particularly of the Central Park, from the public areas and most specially from the rooms and suites. But unfortunately only those at the private residences get to enjoy that part, not if you are staying at the hotel. New York needed its very own Park Hyatt property, here you have it. Book with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at The Back Room at One57. Also available with Room Service + $100 Hotel Credit, per Room, per Stay. Plus the following amenities subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade + Early Check-In + Late Check-Out. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY  |  New York, United States  |  Last night invited by my dear friend Michael Romei, Chef Concierge at the Waldorf Tower and General Secretary of UICH Les Clefs d’Or, along with our other friend Alejandro, we shared and enjoyed a lovely evening at one of the most iconic restaurants of New York, the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. VIP treatment right from the start, when we were informed that we were seating at the Waldorf Astoria’s General Managers table, and the excellent service, efficient and professional, but yet friendly and relaxed. We even had the joy to have Celso Moreira, Concierge and Manager on Duty, to stop by and have a little chat with us. There is so much history and myth in these two rooms, that makes the whole gourmet experience even more enjoyable and rich. Every week, when the three of us are in New York, we get together to try a new restaurant and share week with each other.Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comIn the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.

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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhen The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men’s Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men’s Bar. Manhattan’s financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men’s Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men’s Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it “The Bull and Bear.” Over time, so many deals were struck “at the Bull and Bear” where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title. Today, the bronze bull and bear remain masters of their domains in a newly energized setting, surveying the scene as the staff at Bull and Bear serve New York’s most generous cocktails, its prime steak, and some of the city’s most delectable game and seafood.

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBut this is just the beginning of it all. Once you open the menu, the story continues, with iconic options, nobody can miss to try. Like the classic and worldwide renown Waldorf Salad. The salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. And the story goes, that the Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel at that time, had to prepare a meal for an event, and they realized they had run out of lettuce. Out of panic, they gathered some apples, coconut, celery, grapes, walnuts and mayonnaise among a few other ingredients and improvised this salad, which over the time became a classic. So of course we order one for the table.
Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy choice for started was the Onion Soup Gratinee Gruyere, Brioche Croutons (USD 14), I can never pass on it, specially during winter. I am obsessed with any type of soups, but Onion Soup is one of my favorites. As for the main course I had the Ocean choice of a Dover Sole  Meuniere Lemon brown butter (USD 59). All along a fabulous dirty vodka martini to start and a bottle of Sancere to share with my two great friends.

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comNow dessert was a debauchery itself. Of course the chef sent some of the best classics to try, including the original recipe for the Red Velvet Cake, another signature dish by the Waldorf Astoria, made with beets. which give the original color and they also serve to retain moisture. So we shared a Red Velvet Cake Waldorf Astoria Original with Mascarpone cream cheese frosting (USD 19), a Warm Toffee Bread Pudding salted caramel ice cream (USD 14) and a Dark Chocolate Budino with peanut butter ice cream (USD 16). Of course after that I decided, mind the low temperatures, to take a long walk home along 5th Avenue and after the Central Park. Such a lovely night with my two great friends. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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VICEROY New York City Photo Tour

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comVICEROY New York City Photo Tour  |  New York, United States  |  Yesterday, invited by their General Manager, I got to explore around the new and recently inaugurated VICEROY New York City. An urban retreat, right on 57th Street, located steps away to some of my favorite restaurants in town, and centrally located, for those looking to experience New York City in full and beyond the usual city attraction. Do not be deceived by the look of their lobby, which is tiny, understated and has not much character. The façade is defined by two shoulders – made of iron-spot black brick – that define, frame and ground the building’s front elevation. Over-scaled, fluted, cast-glass bricks march over the building’s twenty-foot storefront. Above this street façade, glazed black brick-and-metal muntined windows continue up the thirty-story building to comprise the bulk of the façade. When lit from within, they create the effect of a glowing lantern. These windows relate the new hotel to much of the traditional, iconic architecture in the neighborhood. This property is a member of the VICEROY Group, and sister to other of my hotels choices, this time in Los Angeles, such as AVALON Hotel and my absolute favorite, the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.com The design of the hotel’s public spaces feature figured stone, rarely used in New York City as of late. While it was a common element of the aspirational buildings of the 1920s and 1930s, it lost its popularity as a flatter, less-articulated modernism took hold. Roman and Williams embraced the elegant and natural quality of the Paonazzo marble, using it to clad nearly the entire lobby; the stone is offset by book matched honey-toned woods, culminating in a handsome wood library. The spaces are understated yet grand, featuring a combination of custom-designed and vintage elements.

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comKINGSIDE restaurant and bar, adjacent to the lobby, are a contrast and contradiction to the lobby’s glamour. It is more Grand Central than Rockefeller Center. It embraces something rarely expressed in recent uptown restaurants – a casual yet rich interior. It is clad in tile with a strong graphic palette of black and white, expressed in glazed brick and zinc – a modern diner meets train station on 57th Street. It invites the bursting hub of activity that has always defined the neighborhood.

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comGuest rooms feature rich exotic woods, leather, and a mix of metals, such asbrass and aluminum. I’ve got a 60’s old glam style and concept, infused into the lines of their furnitures and color palette. They are reminiscent of a tailored ship’s cabin with exceptional views toward Central Park, as seen through the elegant muntined black windows, which span floor to ceiling. The overall effect is closer to the feeling of an atelier, rather than a hotel. The rooms are fitted with an original collection of lighting, detailed with precision and weight, using handmade perforated brass with aluminum strappings and hardware.
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VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe VICEROY New York, also features a well equipped and decent size Fitness Center. Also a small indoor pool. I’ve got to check the 02 Bedroom Suite, which will be called “57”, to be ready in a few weeks. I was not able to do photos of this suite, since it is still under construction, but I can tell you that it is lovely and very traditional understated Hollywood glam with beautiful views. As for the entry level Standard Rooms, my only comment is that there is not much closet space, other than that, the size is very fair to New York size standards. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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The High Line Hotel in photos

The High Line Hotel in photos by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe High Line Hotel in photos  |  New York, United States  |  This morning I came, invited by the General Manager, to do a quick site inspection of the fairly new The High Line Hotel, right across the High Line in the heart of Chelsea, over 10th Avenue between 20th and 21st Street, in New York. A peaceful location, full of serenity and stillness, right in the center of Manhattan. Formerly Desmond Tutu Conference Center. Neo-Gothic brownstones, each of The High Line Hotel’s 64 rooms (including 5 beautiful cosy Suites) evoke a bygone era of a graciously decorated guesthouse. Guests will enjoy staying in light-filled rooms featuring beautiful hardwood floors and one-of-a-kind locally sourced furniture. Oversized beds with crisp cotton linens provide a perfect night’s sleep, and plush robes invite you to relax after a long day. All rooms feature large windows offering dazzling views of the High Line Park or their enclosed private-garden oasis. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a perfectly brewed espresso prepared by our Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea baristas in the lobby. I reality liked the hotel, it is the type of properties I enjoyed, where boutique, quaint with basic limited services, meets understated luxurious touches, with a twist of local charm. NOW the great surprise to me, was the Refectory ballroom and staircases, which immediately transported me to a medieval atmosphere. This is a space you may rent for multiple private events, and more so for  weddings, with access through a private garden, to the local Chapel. Enjoy my photo album. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center

Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center by www.carlosmeliablog.comMerry Christmas from Rockefeller Center | New York, United States | As every year at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, here is the Holiday Spirit. Hope you enjoy it. Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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2013 Richard Tucker Music Gala

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2013 Richard Tucker Music Gala  |  New York, United States  |  Last night we assisted to the 2013 Rickard Tucker Music Gala at the at theat Lincoln Center, in New York City, where Soprano Aylin Perez, performed live wearing two Rubin Singer couture designs. Aylin Perez, winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. Read the full post, see videos and photos at Rubin Singer Blog. What a weekend, mix of Pop with Lady Gaga at SNL on Saturday and Classic with Aylin Perez at the Lincoln Center on Sunday. So beyond proud of my partner Rubin Singer, and for such huge step in his career, week after week. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Saturday Night LIVE and OUT

Saturday Night LIVE and OUTSaturday Night LIVE and OUT  |  New York, United States  |  So las night I experience a VIP backstage of SNL – Saturday Night Live, and got to hang out with Lady Gaga, during and post the show.  I must be fully honest, I never cared much for her, and yes I got hooked up many time to her songs and marketing, but tonight I saw a different side of her. The live performer, the professional and the human being, and I must say I was impressed by them all in no particular order.
Saturday Night LIVE and OUT Our night began at Asia Galore restaurant TAO Downtown. If I would have to describe this venue, I would say is a sort of convention center food venue, with a menu that includes every single type of Asian cuisine (and not in the best way). A huge statute takes over the room, a weird one, which combines the shape of Shiva with the face of Buddha. I do not recommend it at all. But thank God our night have much more interesting surprises ahead.Saturday Night LIVE and OUT Saturday Night LIVE and OUT So we left TAO in Chelsea, and moved to the Rockefeller Center area, to the NBC Studios and headquarters of SNL – Saturday Night Live. Thank you Lisa Medrano and Ted Harbert, Chairman of NBC Broadcasting, for the invite to see Lady Gaga live and invite us to the backstage and after party, at Dos Caminos. BTW Lisa Medrano, chose a Rubin Singer Leather jacket for the look of the night. Saturday Night LIVE and OUT Saturday Night LIVE and OUTWe spent the rest of the evening watching Lady Gaga backstage right from Lorne Michaels’ office, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects. An unique experience indeed. But of course, the after party was still ahead. A great night !!! and I got to see how generous and professional Gaga was with her co-stars. Professional shining with her own talents and generous, making sure everyone was shinning equally as her. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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