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A scene from the latest NYC hot spot? No, the residents-only restaurant at 432 Park Avenue. (Image via Macklowe Properties) A scene from the latest NYC hot spot? No, the residents-only restaurant at 432 Park Avenue. (Image via Macklowe Properties)
In spite of warnings of a "tripledemic" (Covid, RSV, and the flu), many of us are nevertheless looking forward to getting together with family and friends this holiday season. However, the logistics of hosting a gathering can be daunting. Hosts all over the country have to consider what foods will appeal to all their guests and accommodate dietary restrictions, but New Yorkers living in small apartments face the added challenges of preparing the meal, setting the entertaining space, and keeping the apartment clean. For that reason, many would just as soon hold their get-together at a restaurant.

When choosing a restaurant, many consult city guides and travel influencers to make a decision. But for some New Yorkers, the answer is just an elevator ride away. Residents-only restaurants used to be a hallmark of prestigious prewar cooperatives - think the Georgian Room at 960 Fifth Avenue - but the developers of some of today’s most luxurious condominiums have teamed up with top chefs for restaurants that even the most well connected cannot get into without buying a home at a certain address.
CUT-03 We'll drink to that! (Cocktail image via Wolfgang Puck)
While residents-only restaurants endow an undeniable cachet, this particular perk has not caught on in the way amenities like gyms, hammams, or meditation studios have. Apartments in these buildings come with an annual dining minimum and monthly restaurant/dining fees; in the manner of co-op maintenance and condo common charges, such fees are scaled to the size of apartments. When 15 Central Park West was still in the works, Zeckendorf Development expressed concerns about finding a chef that could live up to residents’ lofty standards. But even a Michelin-star chef is no guarantee of smooth sailing: 432 Park Avenue is the home of an exclusive restaurant overseen by Shaun Hergatt, and during the pandemic, residents got restive about its limited hours of operation and an annual dining requirement that surged to $15,000.
However, none of that is to say that restaurants have retreated from residential buildings. We take a look at Manhattan residential buildings with dining options, both open to the public and exclusive to residents.

40-Broad-Street-01 All images of 40 Broad Street via Compass
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With amenities like a two-story lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards room, screening room, and indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, 40 Broad Street has set high standards for office-to-residential conversions in Lower Manhattan. Residents also enjoy access to Reserve Cut, a sophisticated take on the classic New York steakhouse.

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5-Beekman-Street-01 The Beekman Residences via CityRealty
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At The Beekman Residences, residents are just an elevator ride away from the exclusive amenities and services provided by The Beekman, a high-end boutique hotel. Among them is Temple Court, a restaurant run by Tom Colicchio of Craft fame. Not only have residents been able to enjoy in-room dining from the restaurant, but they also have access to priority reservations.

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30-Park-Place-01 Images of The Four Seasons Private Residences via The Corcoran Group
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The tower housing The Four Seasons Private Residences looks right out of the Jazz Age, but the apartments and amenities within go beyond the wildest dreams of today's buyers. In addition to a suite of residents-only amenities, owners have access to the Four Seasons Hotel's amenities and services, which include CUT, Wolfgang Puck's first New York restaurant and bar.

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In an architecturally adventurous section of West Chelsea, Lantern House stands out for its modern take on bay windows. That extends to Cucina Alba, the Italian restaurant that opened in the base of the building over the summer. The restaurant's high ceiling, soft tones, and airy atmosphere make a pleasing backdrop for what chef Adam Leonti describes as "vacation Italian" cuisine.

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At the top of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in NoMad, 16 penthouse units are situated above the rooms to make the most of spectacular skyline views. Residents of these apartments enjoy access to all of the hotel's services and amenities. Among them are not one but two Jose Andres restaurants, The Bazaar (coming this winter) and Zaytinya (now open).

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35-Hudson-Yards-01 All images of 35 Hudson Yards via Related/Oxford Property Group
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One of the benefits of living in Hudson Yards is being a stone's throw from fine dining establishments like Estiarorio Milos, Wild Ink, and Queensyard. However, residents of 35 Hudson Yards don't even have to put on their coats to get to Electric Lemon, a seasonal American restaurant helmed by celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr. It is part of the 24th-story Sky Lobby in the Equinox Hotel, and residents of the apartments enjoy preferred reservations and seating, catering, and in-residence dining.

Electric Lemon restaurant All restaurant images via Electric Lemon
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100-East-53rd-Street-01 Selene (CityRealty)
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Directly adjacent to the iconic Seagram building, Selene makes a statement in the Midtown East skyline. It was designed by Foster + Partners, but Lord Norman Foster is not the only luminary connected to the building: Chef Alain Verzeroli, who spent decades crafting menus for the late Joël Robuchon, is at the helm of Le Jardinier, the Michelin-starred, vegetable-driven restaurant in the base of the building.

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432-Park-Avenue-1 432 Park Avenue via Macklowe Properties
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Throughout his esteemed hospitality career, Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt has made a name for himself all over the world. His New York projects include SHO Shaun Hergatt, Juni, and, most recently, 432 Park Avenue. In addition to offering catering and in-room dining to residents, the building also offers a 19th floor restaurant with an award-winning design by Bentel & Bentel. The space offers spectacular views and a 5,000-square-foot terrace overlooking 57th Street.
432-Park-Avenue-04 Restaurant images via Bentel & Bentel
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217-West-57th-Street-1 Pool deck via Extell Development
Central Park Tower is the world's tallest residential building, and its 50,000-square-foot Central Park Club is home of the world's highest ballroom. It also features a cigar lounge, wine lounge, bar, dining room, and a full-service kitchen serving menus created by Michelin-starred chefs that include Alfred Portale, Laurent Tourondel, and Gabriel Kreuther.

180-West-58th-Street-01 All images of The Alwyn Court via Compass
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While the new supertall condos of Billionaires' Row have literally cast The Alwyn Court in shadow, none have yet outshone this cooperative as far as exquisite craftsmanship and rich history are concerned. The prestige of this New York City Landmark extends to its restaurant tenant: The Petrossian name is synonymous with Parisian caviar, and its New York outpost is home to a cafe and boutique.

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25-Columbus-Circle-01 All images of Deutsche Bank Center via The Corcoran Group
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Apartments at Deutsche Bank Center are beautifully situated above Central Park and Lincoln Center. The full-service building is home to luxurious, exclusive amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, windowed lap pool, and roof deck with Hudson River views, and some of New York's top shopping and dining can be found just an elevator ride away. This includes Per Se, Thomas Keller's three-Michelin-starred restaurant featuring his signature nine-course tasting menu.

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1-Central-Park-West-01 Images of 1 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens
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As spectacular as the views of Central Park are from the high-floor homes, they are far from the only draw at this towering Upper West Side building. Residents enjoy access to five-star hotel services and amenities as well as Jean-Georges, the Michelin-starred "jewel in Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's empire" and epitome of fine dining in New York City.

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15-Central-Park-West-1 15 Central Park West via Zeckendorf Development
15-Central-Park-West-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
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In the years since the residents-only restaurant at 15 Central Park West opened, it has emerged as a popular place for Mothers’ Day brunch and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live. More recently, while some restaurants had to scramble to set up outdoor dining when Open Streets was announced at the height of the pandemic, the dining room off the lobby had no such worries: It has an outdoor space for al fresco meals.
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Honorable Mention/Rumored
220-Central-Park-South-1 220 Central Park South via Vornado Realty Trust
220 Central Park South has attracted luminaries in finance (Ken Griffin, owner of the most expensive condo ever sold) and music (Sting), and now it can reportedly add culinary stars to its ranks: In July 2019, the New York Post announced that permits have been filed for a 54-seat, second-story private eatery operated by Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Few details have emerged since, but it is just down the street from the critically acclaimed Jean-Georges (see above).

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