A New York City Gem

Ambassador Grill Dining Room, Circa 1980s. Photo Credit: Roche Dinkeloo

Ambassador Grill Dining Room, Circa 1980s. Photo Credit: Roche Dinkeloo

A glittering piece of public theater.
— Carter Wiseman, Yale School of Architecture

Our distinct “marble and mirrors” space was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche (Ford Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and debuted to global acclaim in 1975. The Grill quickly became a sensation on the local dining scene, attracting athletes, celebrities, dignitaries, and global denizens with its aureate atmosphere and decadent brunch buffets.

In 2016 the Grill and adjoining lobby area were slated for renovation, along with the rest of One UN Plaza hotel. Led by international non-profit organization Docomomo, local preservationists banded together and filed a permit for Landmark status with the New York City Preservation Commission—drawing the attention of local media outlets such as the New York Times. As a result of their efforts, the two spaces received Landmark status on January 17, 2017, becoming the city’s 118th Interior Landmark and the youngest structure to ever receive such an honor.

Today, Executive Chef Ayman Mustafa carries on the Grill's cosmopolitan culinary heritage through his seasonal lunch and dinner menus, featuring subtle influences of his native Jordan.

New York’s first good hotel dining room since the 1920s.
— Paul Goldberger, Architectural Critic