Hotel Gansevoort in NYC gets a new restaurant

NEW YORK — Hotels are increasingly becoming known for their restaurants as much as for their accommodations.

Several hotels have recently opened new restaurants, many with high-profile chefs. the new Four Seasons Baltimore has Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina. the new Ritz Carlton Montreal has Maison Boulud with renowned chef Daniel Boulud. Jose Andres has the Bazaar at the SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami.

Hotel Check-in stopped by another new hotel restaurant, this one in the Meatpacking District in New York.

TOY is the latest restaurant venture from Dual Groupe’s Derek and Daniel Koch, known for their exclusive Day & Night brunches. Located at the trendy Hotel Gansevoort, the restaurant serves modern Chinese cuisine with Japanese influences by executive chef Doron Wong, a protégé of Susur Lee of Top Chef Masters fame.

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The 7,000 square-foot venue has three main spaces: an indoor/outdoor oyster and sushi bar in the hotel’s lobby, a dining terrace on 13th and Hudson Street, and a bi-level main dining room that will have a private dining room overlooking the restaurant.

The look is edgy. There’s a 1,500-pound fractured mirror ceiling and custom wall graphics that will change seasonally.

TOY is an appropriate name because the venue clearly is designed as a place not just to eat but to party. There’s a DJ booth and sound system that on the night my friend Roy and I dined there was playing 1980s tunes.

We chose a seat on the terrace, which I thought was the best place in the whole restaurant. On the menu were items such as shrimp “toast” cigars with golden mustard plum sauce, hidden lobster dumplings with shiitake mushrooms and coral Sauce, 18-vegetable Singapore salad with seared rare tuna and plum ginger vinaigrette and TOY’s signature lacquered mahogany chicken.

We were curious about the riceless sushi rolls that had such names as Beauty, Power, Wealth, Happiness, and Joy. We went for Beauty, and yes, it was a beauty.

As someone who’s always on the hunt for good Peking Duck, I couldn’t resist ordering it. it was as good as anything I’d tried in Chinatown.

We restrained ourselves and didn’t order the Toy Boat. for $400, you get sushi such as salmon and tuna toro, shooters such as uni and quail egg, sashimi such as truffled lobster, and kobe beef and foie gras tartare.

The Gansevoort is perhaps best known for its exclusive rooftop swimming pool and bar, where you’ll likely run into a celebrity at some point. But we were perfectly happy staying downstairs.

Hotel Gansevoort in NYC gets a new restaurant

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