Decided to take a mini field trip down to The Kitano Hotel, located at 66 Park Avenue.
The Kitano is the only Japanese style hotel in NYC. There is a second location in Tokyo...
While the entranceway is modest, this plaque will guide you in the right direction...
It was a gorgeous spring day...
Upon entering the lobby, we were greeted by a cheerful Ikebana flower arrangement. Ikebana is thought to have originated in the 7th century in the form of the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. Ikebana students design these weekly.
Our guide and host, PR Officer Manami Yaezawa, with CdS's newest hire and COO, Karina Strobl.
The hotel's western style restaurant, Jazz at Kitano serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to live music entertainment throughout the week.
The perfect local spot for socializing and gathering. For the jazz lovers, check out the monthly schedule here - http://www.kitano.com/Dining/JAZZ-at-KITANO2
In the lobby sits a regal Botero dog. The three of us started talking about how much we love Hachiko, the famed Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Odate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death.
Venture downstairs and you'll find Hakubai, a traditional Japanese restaurant.
Chef Yukihiro Sato serves Kaiseki, a delicate cuisine with roots in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Kaiseki dishes are served on intricate porcelain, pottery and lacquer dishware at carefully timed intervals. If you can take your eyes off the pretty presentations, don't forget to admire the Japanese kimonos worn by the servers.
Hakubai Japanese Restaurant has been described by the New York Times as “rarefied” and “excellent.” We think the Business Lunch Menu is a steal at only $26 plus tax and gratuity. You'll leave full, satisfied, and with a newfound appreciation for Japanese ingredients - we promise!
More beautiful Ikebana arrangements...
And artwork by the famous contemporary artist Tatsuya Ishiodori.
We had a wonderful time at The Kitano. Thank you to our guide and host, Manami. See you soon!