Columbus Circle and the Shops at Columbus are my ultimate favourite destination in New York and I ensure to visit every time I am in the city. You’ll find William Sonoma, J Crew, Bouchon Bakery, Wholefoods, Sephora, Ted Baker – all under one roof which is very convenient!
The Mandarin Oriental New York is located in the same building and has the most stunning and panoramic views of the city. I visited the hotel during my first visit to New York in 2014 but I didn’t have the chance to properly spend time at the Asian restaurant, Asiate. The restaurant is located next to the lobby on the 35th floor.
During my visit in January a friend kindly invited me for breakfast to Asiate and I was in awe of the views and it was very visible on my face when I entered it continued to distract me during breakfast! If I had to take a client for an impressive breakfast meeting in New York this would be my very first choice. It is buzzy, chic and a very unique property in the city – I don’t think any hotel has this unfair advantage of the city and Central Park views which the MO New York does.
The first Mandarin Oriental property I visited was when I started as an intern in the perfume industry in 2010 in London and the service and warmth of the hotel in London made me fall in love with the brand. The New York property is very similar in terms of food and beverage offerings and it is also reflective of the company culture of friendliness and hospitality. If you get a chance you must visit this hotel and enjoy the views!