Built in 1928, the Renwick in New York’s newest historic hotel encompassing 173 rooms and named after its architect, James Renwick, Jr., who is best known for his design of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Originally, the building was comprised of oversized artist’s studios and lofts that were eventually turned into a long-stay hotel, and was home to many prominent literary figures, such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann. Paying homage to its heritage and reimagined into an “artful luxury hotel”, the Renwick offers inviting guestrooms designed as its own ’artist studio’, equipped with ’blank canvas’ white walls. The TV stand is fashioned to look like a painter’s easel. For window shades, local artist Ben Cowan produced unique renderings of the New York skyline for each room, using a dry brush technique on painter’s drop cloth. From Erin Lass’ wall quotes to the ceramic pen cup by Yuka Uchida of OVO Ceramics, each guest room is uniquely curated. However, the art theme does not end there. The stairwell leading to the fitness center has drawings by Heather Heckel as motivation and the housekeeping staff dons outfits that replicate an artist’s smock.
The signature restaurant at the Renwick is Bedford & Co helmed by celebrity chef John de Lucie in his first solo project. Serving elevated comfort food on small plates, delectable options include wood fired oysters, grilled octopus with cucumber and chili, beef and barley tartare, and long island fluke crudo accented with vibrant flavors of blood orange. De Lucie’s signature style of layering textures of flavor shines through in the savory whole grain reginetti with kale, walnuts and parmesan as well as the winter squash and burrata laced with an apple cider vinaigrette. A master at creating New York hotspots, the décor is seductive yet homey, with an open air kitchen, warm ambient lighting, reclaimed grey wood walls and dark tufted leather banquettes creating a scene that will appeal to tourists and New Yorkers alike. The design is in the details, and the details are everywhere. -Elena Murzello
Bedford & Co at The Renwick Hotel