The Roxy Hotel
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The Best Place for a Jazz Brunch in New York City
For a great, playful brunch spot on the weekends, there is no better place to go than TriBeCa’s The Roxy Hotel (formerly The TriBeCa Grand), with its timeless quality, copper ceilings and vintage furnishings and fixtures. As soon as you enter the cobblestone plaza, with its Anglophile-inspired town clock, you cascade into the expansive lobby that seems as endless as an infinity loop, and designed to be a living room. And it is indeed, a living room of sorts, with its comfortable armchairs, intimate seating groups and low-key vibe. Just add good friends and you have a recipe for a great afternoon. The Art Deco accents are conscious, says Tony Fant, President and COO of GrandLife Hotels which owns The Roxy. Add to this a hand-crafted classic cocktails bar, you have some semblance of classic New York, without the pretension. Perhaps my most favorite aspect of The Roxy is the Django and movie theaters on the lower level, with their soft, buttery armchairs. The Django was inspired by the cellar jazz clubs of Paris in the 20’s and 30’s, and you can marvel at the plaster ceiling and brick walls. Patterns of warm colors, including rose, salmon and sky blue tiles, are everywhere because “everyone looks good in warm tiles,” jokes Fant. The cellar washrooms too, with their opaque glass, windows into wooden stall doors and the iconic Roxy emblem “R” will make you fall in love with the art of hand-washing. This is a Great Gatsby kind of brunch, well worth the $35 price tag for adults and $15 for kids.
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