Eat and Drink 5 hot hotel restaurants to eat at now By TRACY E. HOPKINS. Special to amNewYork Updated January 13, 2015 3:22 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Hotel restaurants have come a long way, baby, and they're not just for navigationally challenged tourists anymore. Propelled by artisanal menus, creative cocktail lists and celebrated chefs, New York City is arguably at the forefront of the nouveau hotel restaurant movement, from stars like The Standard's Narcissa to Charlie Palmer's forthcoming restaurant at the Knickerbocker. There are plenty to choose from, but here are five of our faves. fabrick at the Archer Hotel Photo Credit: fabrick With its red chairs, striped banquettes and wood-paneled walls, celebrity chef David Burke's latest venture, fabrick, in the lobby of the boutique Archer Hotel, befits its Garment District setting and is a tapestry of colors and flavors. The playful modern American menu is meant to share and offers plenty of choices for meat (the candied bacon is served hanging on clothespins), seafood (succulent lobster dumplings) and veggie (creamy avocado panna cotta served with blue corn tortilla and plantain chips) lovers. WHERE:47 W. 38th St. CONTACT:212-302-3838, davidburkefabrick.com Bacchanal at the Sohotel Photo Credit: Bacchanal Inside the historic Sohotel in the Bowery, Bacchanal's executive chef Craig Hopson's Mediterranean-leaning menu focuses on classic dishes with a twist. Photo Credit: Bacchanal Bacchanal's chestnut pappardelle appetizer is one of many classic dishes with a twist, like the Long Island fluke crudo starter with sunflower sprouts, seeds and sunchoke skins and the lamb loin, shoulder and belly main course accented with mint olive caper relish and roasted tomatoes. Each dish can be expertly paired with a wine from the extensive cellar. WHERE:146 Bowery CONTACT:646-355-1840, bacchanalnyc.com NoMad Bar at the NoMad Hotel Photo Credit: Frances F. Denny The NoMad Bar is part of the ultra-hip NoMad Hotel, but this bi-level hot spot has a separate entrance. This throwback tavern has a decidedly nighttime vibe, but it is open for weekend brunch, so don't be surprised if you see well-heeled young families waiting at the bar with their babies in tow before they're seated upstairs. NoMad Bar: Leo Robitschek's new project Photo Credit: Frances F. Denny Award-winning bar director Leo Robitschek keeps the spirits inventive and potent, while diners can enjoy elevated pub fare from the kitchen such as the bar's take on the New York brunch classic, bagel and lox, which is deconstructed with smoked trout and bagel chips. And of course, for more formal sit-down service, there's also the NoMad's restaurant next door. WHERE:10 W. 28th St. CONTACT:212-796-1500, thenomadhotel.com Little Park at the Smyth Hotel Photo Credit: Noah Fecks Among the latest in the hotel restaurant landscape is the seasonal eatery known as Little Park. Tucked away on the art-filled ground floor of Tribeca's elegantly appointed 100-room Smyth hotel, the 85-seat corner space is accented by white marble mosaic tile floors, a Gustavino tile-lined bar and leather banquettes with custom-woven textiles. Little Park: The menu Photo Credit: Noah Fecks Andrew Carmellini's newest outfit highlights organic, sustainable ingredients sourced from the chef's long-standing ties with local farmers, foragers and vintners. The dinner menu highlights include Peconic Bay scallops with radish and gold rush apple and beetroot risotto with tangy cheese and poppy seed. The dry-aged duck and kebab is pictured above. WHERE:85 W. Broadway CONTACT:212-220-4110, littlepark.com Bodega Negra at the Dream Downtown hotel Photo Credit: Bodega Negra The Dream Downtown hotel is home to the ambient Bodega Negra, which serves Mexican street food at its finest. The sexy, dimly lit main dining room is a conversation piece thanks to decorative barrels of tequila and gold-rimmed sombreros hanging from the ceiling. Meanwhile, the adjoining café and juice bar is a cozy spot for a casual lunch, especially on Taco Tuesdays, when you get two orders of yummy tacos like grilled fish, veggie with kale and mushroom and skirt steak for the price of one. WHERE:355 W. 16th St. CONTACT:212-229-2336, bodeganegranyc.com By TRACY E. HOPKINS. Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.