When the flagship New York Hilton Midtown announced in May 2013 that their less popular room service option would be discontinued, it offered a consolation prize to those in need of food and drink delivered to their hotel room: a gourmet café open until the wee hours of the morning.
The sleek and spacious dining experience called Herb N’ Kitchen officially opened its doors to guests and outsider visitors in August, and offers everything from cappuccinos, bagels and cream cheese to artisanal flatbreads in the style of Whole Foods.
Chef Richard Brown’s take on the cuisine is Americana with a twist: expect to find your traditional breakfast sausage as well as gluten-free corn arepas, Indian Chicken Tikka sandwiches as well as the classic all-beef New York Hot Dog freshly skewered on a grill. Of course, all items are available for delivery to your hotel room, without the traditional nosebleed room service prices (a $15 order minimum is the prerequisite for delivery).
Since there’s no staff to wait on you for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you pay only for the food, and can enjoy free Wi-Fi as well as recharge your gadgets at one of the several outlets in the restaurant.
Outside visitors can also pop into Herb N’ Kitchen and enjoy the goods, of course, and unlike Starbucks where many outlets are now disabled to prevent lingerers, you can stay and work in Hilton's new concept restaurant for as long as you like (the cafe closes at 1:00am). It also offers premium wines.