On a recent trip to New York, I stayed briefly at The Lowell on 63rd Street, a perennial favorite of Hideaway Report readers, in order to check on the changes that have recently been made to its public areas. With something akin to wizardry, space has been found for The Club Room, a wonderful spot to meet for a drink and a light bite. With parquet floors, elaborate ceiling moldings and a collection of attractively arranged books, the lounge invites relaxation, especially in one of the wing chairs or soft sink-into couches. Jacques Bar now provides an atmospheric place for drinks, in discreet little nooks. The most noteworthy changes, however, are to be seen in the restaurant.
Previously, a steakhouse served as the Lowell’s dining option. This never seemed to accord with the personality of the hotel itself. The arrival of Majorelle addresses that disconnect. Under the direction of Charles Masson, who for many years headed his family’s superb La Grenouille, the last grand outpost of haute French cuisine in New York, it has become a lovely, sophisticated dining spot, with flattering lighting, crisp service and Masson’s signature lavish floral arrangements. The menu presents French classics such as white asparagus with Hollandaise, and sautéed foie gras with Sauternes. Our main courses — lamb chops with rosemary and rice pilaf with almonds and shallots, and duck magret with wild rice scented with orange blossom water — were both delicious. For dessert, I succumbed to a Grand Marnier soufflé.
28 East 63rd Street. Tel. (212) 838-1400