I had a ton of fun at the recent Taste Of Loews event at the legendary Regency Bar & Grill inside the legendary Loews Regency at 61st Street and Park Avenue—one of the great hotel gems of the Upper East Side. There were chefs from several other Loews properties including the newly renovated one in St. Louis. Despite being such a well-known name in the hotel business, Loews only has 27 properties in the US and CEO John Tisch addressed the crowd at Taste Of Loews to talk about the companies expansions including renovations on their Orlando property.I was thrilled to be able to have one of the greatest cocktails I have ever tried at the Taste Of Loews. It was called a Scottish Sunset (pictured above ya right) and I fell in love with its orange color the minute that I laid eyes on it. It consists of Hendricks’ Gin, fresh ginger, lemon and carrot juice. I suspect that anything with fresh ginger, lemon and carrot juice counts as being healthy, LOL! It was ultra refreshing and not as sweet as you might think.I also fell in love with the beef tenderloin being served with a side of grilled veggies and caviar. This was perfectly medium rare need from somewhere in heaven (actually it is locally raised on a NY State Farm) and I have had it during regular meals at The Regency. The Regency Bar & Grill’s steaks easily compete with those at New York’s best steakhouses. I have to hand it to visiting Chef Ken Harvey of the Loews in Tucson for outdoing himself on this.Fresh linguine in a unique peppery truffle cream sauce over a quail egg was also on hand at the Taste Of Loews event and there was always a line for it. I asked for extra freshly grated pecorino on mine and it was divine. Hats off to Chef Matt Lange who is working at the new St. Louis property’s kitchen for this pasta lovers’ delight.The dessert table was created by local bakers Mah-Ze-Dahr who is a regular Regency partner but also has a downtown flagship bakery. The Loews folks make their establishments different from others by using notable local vendors. It gives the Loews properties more of a boutique feel. The dessert table had carrot layer cake squares that blew me away with their deep fresh gingery carrot flavor and cream cheese icing–needless to say that the cheesecake bites pictured above also blew me away.Loews does not stop at just great food, hospitality and luxurious rooms though. For guests of the Loews Regency, there is a Bloomingdale’s pop up that’s will open in the hotel’s lobby lounge on Friday, November 29, in time for Black Friday and run until December 24, 2019. It will be open from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. daily.
“Bloomingdale’s has been a great partner of ours for the past few years,” said John Maibach, Managing Director, Loews Regency New York Hotel. “We are constantly looking for new ways to provide our guests with seamless and unique experiences, and we believe this partnership offers a new and fresh take on the hotel gift shop. We are excited about its debut and hope becomes an annual tradition.” ￼I will definitely be there shopping soon and walking across the lobby to the Regency Bar & Grill which may be famous for hosting power breakfasts—but regular folks like your truly love stopping in for late night burgers and some of Manhattan’s most diversified desserts; I failed to mention that they have my favorite cup of coffee in the city as well. Loews Regency New York Hotel sets a new standard in luxury with its thoughtful design and legacy of hospitality—and this Sam mindset is in place with all the Loews properties. I call it “a homey yet hip touch in a luxury hotel setting.” I can’t wait to check out the Loews hotel being built right now in an old Philadelphia bank building. For more information, visit www.loewshotels.com/Regency-Hotel. Like Loews Regency New York Hotel on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoewsRegency/Follow. Loews Regency New York Hotel on Instagram: www.instagram.com/loewsregency/.