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JW Marriott Essex House New York features one restaurant, South Gate, located just off the main lobby inside this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, South Gate is a welcome spot for locals and hotel guests alike. By design, it’s elegant and exotic — walk through the front doors and into a glittering interior filled with angled mirrors, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Central Park, and a glass wall around the perimeter of the bar that’s filled with bottles of wine. Chef Kerry Heffernan is at the helm of this fine-dining spot, and his menu offers a delightful range of modern American cuisine. Order off the bar and tavern menu if you’re interested in a quick bite or lighter fare, or snag a table in the dining room, an elegant space with a roaring fireplace that provides welcome warmth to diners who visit in the winter months. The restaurant’s dinner service is busiest from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and earlier in the day, you can expect a business crowd for lunch. Given the hotel’s close proximity to Times Square and Broadway, a pre-theater crowd often stops by for dinner just before the curtains go up. Even if you don’t have time for a full meal during your stay, it’s worth stopping in to check out the décor and enjoy a drink. The restaurant is classic New York, with lots of great people-watching, too.