Michael Romei

Chef Concierge, The Waldorf Towers New York

  • New York City, New York, USA

A world traveler, writer, lecturer and trainer in the hospitality industry, Michael Romei has been chef concierge at Waldorf Astoria/The Waldorf Towers for 19 years, prior to which he was chef concierge of the Boca Raton Resort & Club for five years. He holds an MA in international business from New York University, where he is a faculty member in the Continuing Education Hospitality Program. Romei also serves as the general secretary for the UICH Les Clefs d’Or International Executive Committee. He blogs at michaelromei.wordpress.com.

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  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the five best kid-friendly restaurants in New York?

    1)Ellen's Stardust Diner located conveniently to Broadway Theaters and Times Square on Broadway and 51st Street.  Classic Diner cuisine in a 50s retro atmosphere.  The staff perform random skits of music, song and dance. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.  2)Serendipity: East 60th Street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues.  An old fashioned general store ice cream parlour.  3)Alice's Tea Cup: Several locations around Manhattan; young girls can wear faux wings and glitter; great for children's parties.  4)Carmines West 44th Street and Broadway and Upper West Side: Extra large portions are great for family style sharing.   5)Any restaurant with a view or if they have a large open space with an interesting design and colorful decorations I find children enjoy the most:  TAO, Ruby Foo's, Landmarc, Robert, Boathouse Cafe, Mesa Grill, among others.  
  • On March 22, 2013
    Michael Romei answered the question: Michael Romei

    What’s the best time to visit New York City?

    The Festive Season from mid November through the beginining of January when the city is ablaze with decorations, color, excitement, and the height of the culture in special concerts, music, dance, etc.  From the famous Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall to The Nutcracker Ballet and our world famous New Year's Eve celebration; this period is the most magical of all!! 
  • On March 22, 2013
    Michael Romei answered the question: Michael Romei

    What are the best five things to do on a romantic trip to New York City?

    1)A private helicopter ride around Manhattan at sunset  2)Reserve the private Gondola and Gondalier at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park 3)A Carriage Ride just for the two of you in Central Park  4)Elegant dinner in one of the City's most elegant restaurants: Bouley, Daniel, Jean Georges, Per Se, La Grenouille, I would also mention The River Cafe in Brooklyn which is temporarily closed but soon to re-open.  5)An evening of classical music or dance at The Metropolitan Opera House
  • On March 22, 2013
    Michael Romei answered the question: Michael Romei

    What is New York City’s restaurant scene like?

    It could be an eating and dining trip around the world without ever having to leave Manhattan.  Food and Restaurants is probably our most popular request from guests visiting our City.   The choices are endless from famous Chef restaurants to formal elegant old world classics; new modern trendy and hip, to great street food from the ever so popular Food Trucks; NYC has dining options for everyone and every imagination as well.   If you are thinking of dining in the most popular or famous restaurants I woudl highly suggest advanced planning and to know that most restaurants begin to take reservations approximately 30 days prior to the date.  I highly suggest also to consult with your hotel concierge who will relay their local knowledge and expertise and create the perfect match to your restaurant request!!
  • On March 22, 2013
    Michael Romei answered the question: Michael Romei

    What are the best five free things to do in New York City?

    1)Federal Hall in lower Manhattan: Two US Presidents were inaugurated their including George Washington who took the oath in 1789 when New York was the first Capital. 2)Forbes Collection: The lobby galleries of Forbes magazine have some curios from the late Malcolm Forbes' Collection including his early versions of Monopoly Boards 62 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street  3)New York Public LIbrary Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street is a grand Beaux-Arts icon with its famous reading room featuring original Carre-and-Hastings lamps. Its exhibits are most incredible and feature a copy of the original Declaration of Independence, among other treasures. 4)The MOMA on Fridays between 4-8PM; located on West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in the heart of midtown Manhattan The MOMA features one of the most extensive collections of modern art in the world.  5)The American Museum of Natural History is always FREE its last hour 4:45PM-5:45PM plus it also advertises a "Suggested" admission price.  Located on Central Park West and 79th Street. The American Museum of Natural History features one of the largest dinosaur exhibits in the world, among other extensive scientific and historical exhibits.