Hotel Gansevoort to open Japanese restaurant

The 187-room Hotel Gansevoort, the first luxury hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, will open its restaurant in September, the same month it begins construction on a spa. Ono will be a 300-seat eatery and bar serving Japanese fare.

 

The 14-story property, on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street, had its "soft" opening in April.

The city's Meatpacking District is an area undergoing a renaissance, as new shops, restaurants and boutiques have sprung up.

The Hotel Gansevoort features a 45-foot, heated rooftop pool with underwater music; a rooftop garden; 20 corner suites and a duplex penthouse. All rooms feature Internet access, telephones with voice mail and plasma-screen televisions. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the property.

Room rates start at $395 a night, double, with suites selling for $625. The penthouse costs $5,000. For information or reservations, call (877) 426-7386.

 

Ready, set, eat! The city's popular "Summer Restaurant Week" promotion was extended through Labor Day. It was originally set to end on July 2.

In its 12th season, the promotion includes nearly 200 restaurants serving prix-fixe, three-course lunches for $20.12 and dinners for $30.12. Beverage, tax and tip are extra.

Because of the promotion's popularity, customers are urged to make reservations well in advance and reconfirm their reservations.

Crain's New York Business estimates  that Restaurant Week boosts sales by 20% for participating eateries.

For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.nycvisit.com.

 

The Museum of Modern Art will reopen its Manhattan venue on Nov. 20 after a multimillion-dollar renovation that will nearly double its size. Admission will be free on opening day.

While the Manhattan location, at 11 W. 53rd St., has been under construction, the museum's collection and exhibitions have been on display at a temporary facility in Queens, N.Y. MoMA QNS, as the temporary location is called, will close on Sept. 27.

 

In an effort to better view the East Coast's fall colors, Spirit Cruises said it will change directions on its popular Fall Foliage cruise to head up the Hudson River, passing through the New Jersey Palisades.

The change applies to its Fall Foliage cruises on Oct. 21, 22, 26 and 27. The cruises will depart from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers in New York on Oct. 21 and 27 and Port Imperial Piers in Weehawken, N.J., on Oct. 22 and 26.

Fall Foliage cruises board at 11:30 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. The price is $40, which includes lunch and entertainment.

For information or reservations, call (866) 399-8439) or visit www.spiritcitycruises.com.

 

Inside CNN, a 45-minute guided tour of the CNN studios, will kick off Sept. 1 at the new Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at CNN's studios and newsrooms and learn about the history of journalism and the news-gathering process.

Tours will depart every 10 minutes and cost $15 per adult. Call (866) 426-6692 or visit www.cnn.com/insidecnn.

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