Originally the site of the landmark St. Moritz Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers all the elegance and charm of a private home in the heart of New York City. This prime location, on the corner of Central Park South and Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, affords unrivalled views of the city skyline.
If you’ve spent the afternoon skipping through Central Park and are on the hunt for a fine feast hop across the street, spin through the hotel’s revolving doors and prance through the hotel’s stunning Star Lounge before hopping up on a stool at Auden Bistro & Bar.
It’s here you’ll find legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer. Striking the perfect balance of warmth, conversation and exceptional bar skills, Norman has been welcoming both old friends and new to his bar for decades. The smug mugged bartender always has a twinkle in his eye, a charmingly boyish Brooklyn accent and can pour a perfect Manhattan with his eyes closed (my hero).
Once your tummy grumbles saunter over to the dinning room and indulge in Chef Mark Arnao’s refined adaptation of traditional bistro cuisine. Featuring clean flavours, and simple, yet refined presentations, the restaurant’s menu emphasizes regionally sourced ingredients and sustainable seafood.
Highlights from the Auden Bistro kitchen include decadent foie gras sliders, fragrant rosemary adorned Roasted Green Circle Chicken, Auden’s epic signature burger and the hotel’s namesake sweet treat slice of chocolate cake infused with awesome orange.
Manhattan | jim beam bourbon, orange bitters, sweet vermouth
Foie Gras Slider | sauteed bacon, mushrooms, caramelized soy sauce
Roasted Green Circle Chicken | lemon rosemary marinated herb buttered potatoes, natural jus
Auden Burger | aged cheddar, sauteed onions, mushrooms, roasted garlic aioli
The Ritz-Carlton Cake | valrhona chocolate, grand marnier, orange zest, whipped cream