Three separate, elegant entities make up the grand 19th floor of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Nineteen's dining room is its showpiece. Draped in light fabrics, and, beneath a second rotunda, strands of giant pearls, it's the perfect spot for an anniversary dinner. The menu is approachably modern. Definitely order something from the raw bar menu, but don't stop there. Fried orange wedges adorn a fall beet salad. A delicate hard-boiled quail egg tops tuna tartare. Wild mushrooms and summer corn hides inside house-made pirogi. Desserts are elegant, sweet tastes.
The less formal cafe is a round, handsome space set beneath a rotunda, offering marvelous rooftop views of the city. This is the site of breakfast and proper afternoon tea, and wonderful, reasonably priced lunches and dinners. The menu includes steamed lake trout with Swiss chard and herbed potatoes (at a modest $10), lobster club sandwiches, four-star burgers, and fish and chips. Beyond the cafe, a snug lounge has walls of glassed-in wine bottles, and a roaring fireplace.
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- Highly Recommended 2010