As HBO’s “The Deuce” is seducing Millennials to do the hustle and get into the glam spirit of platform shoes and Huk-A-Poo shirts, a New York City landmark hotel restaurant of the 1970s celebrates its relaunch, letting travelers get a taste what it was like to live large in the era of Watergate and Selectric typewriters.
The Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza rebranded last year after a $68 million facelift when it joined the Hilton network. The hotel itself has been a New York icon since its opening in 1976, in the high Studio 54-era when Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Halston and Bianca Jagger haunted New York’s restaurants and bars before and after partying at the famed venue. If you were lucky enough to get a reservation at the Grill, you might find yourself dining next to the likes of Henry Kissinger or Carl Bernstein (or a pre-party Liza and Andy).
The Grill and the hotel’s mirrored interior lobby area, designed by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, won New York City Landmark status in 2017, when it was heralded as the city’s youngest landmark.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission explained at the time that the choice was made because the hotel was “Built in an era when relatively few new hotels were constructed in New York City…these nearly intact lavish interiors are a distinctive example of public spaces in the 1970s and 1980s.”
This fall, the hotel’s iconic restaurant announces a new autumn menu, created by new Executive Chef Ayman Mustafa.
Mustafa’s clean, globally inspired cuisine is set to lure back luxe clientele from the corridors of power at the UN who once filled its overflowing reservation book and who gave the original 1976 incarnation its power hum.