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Whether you’re seeking Far Eastern flavors or a taste of Dixie, you’ll find a range of delicious options available on Mandarin Oriental, New York’s room service menu. What's better than watching the sun rise over the Hudson River while savoring your first cup of java in the lap of luxury? Choose a healthy start with a soy milk smoothie of the day, housemade muesli or granola. For a heartier morning meal, go with eggs Benedict or smoked salmon with your choice of a New York bagel. You’ll also find full Japanese or Chinese breakfasts. For the ultimate in decadence, though, indulge in the Veuve Clicquot champagne and caviar breakfast for two, which also includes poached eggs, toast points and a truffle hollandaise sauce.
Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m., at which point the all-day dining menu takes over. You’ll find many Asian-inspired favorites like a Thai steak salad, dim sum, miso soup, nasi goreng, sesame chicken lollipops, hawker-style grilled shrimp salad, vegetable biryani, and chicken curry. If your tastes are more American, you’ll appreciate choices like roasted organic chicken with cream of corn, beef tenderloin with truffle tater tots, lobster macaroni and cheese, spaghetti Bolognese and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. The menu also includes a fairly extensive gluten-free section, featuring wheat-free blueberry pancakes and hamburgers among other options. If you’ve just returned from The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York or are simply craving a light bite after a jog around nearby Central Park, the hotel offers a Five Elements spa bento box featuring a garden salad, miso soup, vegetable dim sum, and either chicken salad, shrimp salad or tofu curry. But if you’re not counting calories, consider indulging in desserts like Turkish rice pudding, ricotta cheesecake, or a double crust apple pie.
If the weather is nice outside from May to October, you might also want to think about ordering one of the luxury hotel’s signature picnics, though you’ll need to advise the kitchen 72 hours in advance. The Mandarin Picnic features a selection of Asian favorites like banh mi sandwiches and chicken satay, while the Organic Summer Picnic dishes up salumi, grilled quail, farro salad and pizza bianca. Head to Central Park’s Cherry Hill or the Conservatory Garden to dine on your feast from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.