Grand Hyatt New York recently appointed Matthew Garelick as Chef de Cuisine of its signature restaurant, New York Central Bar and Kitchen. Garelick joins the team this month from Andaz Wall Street, where he served as sous chef for three years. In his new role, Garelick will build on New York Central’s New American menu featuring locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes.
“New York Central offers everything that I am passionate about as a chef – a fun, interactive approach to ingredient-inspired food that’s intended to delight the most adventurous palate, while still appeasing the most conservative one,” said Garelick. “As a native New Yorker, I’m very excited to join the team at a hotel with such rich NYC history and look forward to taking the restaurant to new heights.”
With more than ten years of culinary experience, Garelick has worked for some of New York’s most notable restaurants including L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, Adour Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis New York, Del Frisco's Steakhouse and Restaurant 57 at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. In 2010, he joined Hyatt Hotels Corporation as sous chef of Andaz Wall Street, overseeing the boutique lifestyle hotel’s Wall & Water restaurant, cellar bar and special events. His diverse experience has afforded him the opportunity to learn about fine dining excellence from 2-Michelin star restaurants, as well as several advanced techniques from the protégés of culinary greats, Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Garelick’s passion for cooking began at a very early age and was further cultivated while attending Tulane University in New Orleans – a time he credits for placing him on a path toward a career as a chef. Underscoring his passion for imaginative and seasonally inspired dishes, Garelick hosts an ongoing series of beer pairing dinners – which have earned critics’ praise and a strong local following – during his free time at a Midtown Manhattan pub.
Aptly named New York Central Bar and Kitchen, the restaurant truly sits at the heart of Midtown Manhattan, nestled between Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building. Featuring an open concept kitchen, the restaurant is encased by a wall of windows, allowing for stunning views of New York City’s most iconic sites. An illuminated bar and custom chandelier, which casts a soft ambient glow, adds to the restaurant’s metropolitan feel. A separate wine gallery, perfect for larger parties and private events, features a 30-foot glass art panel by internationally acclaimed Norwegian artist, Per Fronth.
“Authentic and genuine service is one of the hallmarks of this hotel, and that translates to the dining experience as well,” said Edan Ballantine, Director of Food & Beverage of Grand Hyatt New York. “Chef Garelick truly embodies our commitment to delighting patrons with the finest seasonally influenced dishes using locally sourced meat and produce. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
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About Grand Hyatt New York
With a premier location on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, the Grand Hyatt New York lies in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Attached to the legendary Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt is just steps away from the city’s best culture and attractions, including Times Square, Broadway, art, culinary experiences and world-class shopping.
The hotel has 1,306 guest rooms including 43 suites. The suites range in size from 600 to more than 3,500 square feet. The guest rooms feature the Hyatt “Grand Bed” and have large workspaces. The Grand Club provides added luxury offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres. The Grand Hyatt New York is perfect for groups of any size. Boasting over 50 meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,500 people.
About Grand Hyatt
Grand Hyatt features large-scale, distinctive hotels in major gateway cities and resort destinations. With presence around the world and critical mass in Asia, Grand Hyatt hotels provide sophisticated global business and leisure travelers with upscale accommodations, extraordinary restaurants, bars, spas and fitness centers, as well as comprehensive business and meeting facilities. Signature elements of Grand Hyatt include dramatic architecture, state of the art technology, and facilities for an array of business or social gatherings of all sizes.