A series of 144 black and white photos of continental café denizens decorates the high walls of Girandole, the hotel's Euro-style restaurant. Outstanding Tokyo city views from up high complete the picture. Hours are from 7am until 11pm, and guests who don't order room service can enjoy a buffet or cooked breakfast here.
The main dining attraction at Park Hyatt Tokyo is the 52nd-floor New York Grill, which has an open kitchen and views of the sparkling city. It specializes in continental comfort food as well as more sophisticated fare under the direction of the hotel's executive chef Nadine Waechter Moreno.
One night we chose to start with the deservedly famous Caesar salad. Crisp strips of bacon made it even more delectable. For an entree, we opted for scallops that Gordon Ramsey would approve and a side of velvety mashed potatoes topped with garlic chips. For dessert we chose a mini banana split. Keeping it in the family, the extensive menu offered wine from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, among others.
Kozue serves Japanese fare that can be shared family style in exquisite artisan-made earthenware, porcelain, and lacquerware bowls. It features several private dining rooms that hold up to six patrons. Westerners will appreciate that chairs have legs.
Couples who prefer a less-formal meal can pick up reasonably priced sandwiches, salads, and sweets at the ground-floor deli (but no potato chips; those you'll have to scarf from your minibar, if you're willing to pay the tab.)
The ground floor is also home to the exquisite Chocolatier Másale, makers of some 30 different pastries, some of which are seasonal. We oogled but resisted a fig tart, aburst with summer's bounty.