Monday, December 22, 2014

Tis' The Season at the Radisson Martinique!

Tis the Season….and The Martinique is All Dressed up for the Holidays! 

 Take advantage of the magnificent sights and sounds of New York City this Holiday season. From the extravagant decorations in the windows along 5th Avenue to the Rockefeller Center Tree and Skating Rink, Manhattan is THE place to be during the holidays.

Make your Holiday reservation at the Radisson Martinique and enjoy the many amenities we offer including our special holiday menus at the Martinique Café and Petit Poulet French Bistro. We are thrilled to welcome you to our wonderful city and wish you all the best this Holiday Season!

Friday, December 5, 2014

From the Radisson Martinique to Your Table - Our Chef at Petit Poluet shares his recipe for Bouillabaisse

This classic Provençal seafood stew is loaded with clams, lobster and fish in a broth delicately flavored with fennel and pastis, a licorice-flavored aperitif. "There are no real rules to this dish except to use what's fresh” says our chef at Petit Poulet.

  1. One 3-inch piece of baguette, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  2. 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  3. 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  4. 1 fennel bulb—fronds reserved, bulb cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  5. 4 garlic cloves, 3 coarsely chopped
  6. 2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. Pinch of saffron threads
  9. 2 tablespoons pastis or Pernod
  10. 5 cups store-bought fish stock
  11. One 2-pound live lobster
  12. Eight 1/2-inch-thick baguette slices, cut on the bias
  13. 3 Yukon Gold potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  14. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  15. 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
  16. 1 pound monkfish, cut into sixteen 1 1/2-inch pieces
  17. 1 pound skinless red snapper fillets, cut into sixteen 1 1/2-inch pieces
  18. 1 pound skinless halibut fillet, cut into sixteen 1 1/2-inch pieces
  1. In a mini food processor, sprinkle the diced bread with the water and let stand until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cayenne and salt and process until the bread and garlic are coarsely chopped. With the machine on, drizzle in the olive oil and process until the rouille is smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.
  2. In a very large, deep skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the leeks, onion, fennel and chopped garlic and cook over moderate heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until they begin to break down, about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves, saffron and pastis and bring to a boil. Add the fish stock and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the vegetables and broth to a coarse puree. Strain through a fine sieve set over the skillet.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the lobster and cook until it turns bright red, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse the lobster under cold water until cool enough to handle. Remove the tail, claw and knuckle meat and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  5. Preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and broil them 6 inches from the heat for about 1 minute per side, until the slices are golden brown around the edges. Rub each slice with the remaining whole garlic clove and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  6. Add the potatoes and cayenne pepper to the broth and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately high heat until the potatoes are just tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the clams, cover and cook over moderate heat until they just begin to open, about 3 minutes. Add the monkfish, cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the lobster, snapper and halibut, cover and simmer until the clams are open and all the fish is cooked through, about 4 minutes.
  7. Set a baguette toast in each of 8 shallow bowls. Ladle the fish and broth over the toasts and top each serving with 1 tablespoon of the rouille. Sprinkle with fennel fronds and serve immediately.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Making the most of the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Parade – Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9am-12pm
Balloon Set Up – November 26th, 3-10pm

Floats, Clowns, Balloons, Celebrities, Santa Claus and so much more. This is what Thanksgiving is all about in Manhattan. The 2014 Thanksgiving Parade route starts on Central Park West and 77th Street, marches South on Central Park West (CPW) to Columbus Circle, turns east on Central Park South and South on 6th Avenue to Macy’s at 34th Street at Herald Square. The new route offers over 2 miles of spectator viewing options. 

Balloon Set Up – This can actually be as much fun as the Parade itself and many of us have stood outside with Hot Chocolate and watched the Parade balloons being blown up. The set up takes place on either side of the American Museum of Natural History, on 77th and 81st Sts between CPW and Columbus from 3-10 pm on Wednesday, November 26th.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October in New York City

This is the perfect time to visit "The Big Apple"

In the City that never sleeps, this is the perfect time to visit New York City with a stay at the Radisson Martinique  - The Halloween Parade, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and festive Holiday Decorations in December.

This Holiday season instills extra merriment:  dancing Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular, held  each year at Radio City Music Hall, Ice Skating in a quaint setting at Bryant Park, George Blanchine's The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet, and the amazing annual Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center - just for starters.   And since so many of our guests want to applaud a great Broadway Show, The Radisson Martinique is within easy walking distance to the theater district.

This season at MoMA see Toulouse-Lautrec's famous prints and posters,   or take in the Guggenheim which contains one of the world's finest collections of modern and contemporary art - including works by Monet, Picasso, and Polllck,  and while strolling on Fifth Avenue, don't miss a photo-op with Patience and Fortitude, the Lions guarding the New York Public Library.

And when you return to the Hotel,  enjoy the services at the Radisson Martinique, including the Martinique Café for a great grilled burger, or try the French Onion Soup and mussels at Petit Poulet French Bistro, our complimentary Business Center, all located on the Lobby Level; the Fitness Center on the Lower Lobby level, and Kum Gan Sang Korean Barbeque on the Mezzanine Level.  Also, please visit our PGA Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel

We are thrilled to welcome you to our wonderful city!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Love the Subway Package - We love the NYC subway and you will too with this guided 3-hour adventure!

Have you ever imagined hopping on the NYC Subway and riding to your destination?  Reserve our Love the Subway Package and receive a three hour guided trip through the transit system. 
With seven train lines adjacent to the property and an additional seven lines within close walking distance, the Radisson Martinique on Broadway is one of NYC’s most convenient hotels. 
Your day will begin with a hearty breakfast buffet. Following breakfast, your local guide will offer a brief introduction to the subway system. Guests will then be escorted via subway to multiple sites and neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. The adventure ends where it began, at the Radisson Martinique.
Package includes:
  • Breakfast buffet
  • MTA Subway Map
  • Subway 101 Sheet with helpful information
  • Three hour guided tour of the NYC Subway System
For more information or to schedule your tour, please call our Manager of Guest Services directly at +1 (212) 736-3800 ext. 7152 or by email
Terms and Conditions
  • Tours run Monday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. EST (return times may vary)
  • Tour must be scheduled a minimum of three days in advance
  • Guests may attend multiple dates and adventures
  • Limited space available
BOOK this package online

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Autumn in New York City

“Enjoy Autumn in New York”

The fall season is the perfect time to visit New York City with a stay at the Radisson Martinique!

The weather is crisp and cool – just perfect for visiting the chic shops in Greenwich Village; dining alfresco at the best restaurants in SoHo; taking in a show on Broadway or sharing a Martinique Café Picnic Lunch Box in one of our beautiful parks.

This season
at MoMA see Toulouse-Lautrec’s famous prints and posters, and while strolling on Fifth Avenue, don’t miss a photo-op with Patience and Fortitude, the Lions guarding the New York Public Library and when you return, we invite you to enjoy the services of the Hotel, including the Martinique Café for a great grilled burger, or try the French Onion Soup and mussels at Petit Poulet French Bistro, our complimentary Business Center, all located on the Lobby Level; the Fitness Center on the Lower Lobby level, and Kum Gan Sang Korean Barbeque on the Mezzanine Level.  Also, please visit our PGA Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our wonderful city!  

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Rich History of the Radisson Martinique...

At the turn of the last century, all the world came to Broadway to shop, dine, flirt, find amusement, and meet acquaintances,” wrote Henry Collins Brown, curator of theMuseum of the City of New York. In 1897, the Hotel Martinique on Broadway opened amidst the boom of hotel and theater life. Broadway was said to have a champagne sparkle with an artistic glow, and the trend setting culture found on this famous boulevard flourished. Around the same period, Pennsylvania Station, Macy’s, and the extended PATH train made their celebrated debut.

It was the perfect time for William R.H. Martin, owner and namesake of the Hotel Martinique, to submit plans to dramatically increase the size of the Hotel Martinique. Martin hired the Hotel Martinique’s original architect, Henry Hardenberg for the redesign and expansion. Hardenberg, a slender man, who favored a starched high collar and pearl stickpin, was known as one of the greatest architects of his time for building Castles in the Air. His artistry was built on structural strength that has endured for generations.

According to Christopher Gray, architectural historian “Hardenbergh designed buildings for long-term use, not short term profit”. To his credit Hardenberg also designed the Dakota Apartments, the original Waldorf Astoria at Fifth Avenue, the Plaza Hotel and the famed Willard Hotel in Washington DC. A parade of celebrities, the actress Lillian Russell, Diamond Jim Brady, John Wanamaker, Mark Twain, and Oscar Hammerstein, were constant visitors at his architectural gems.

With the expansion completed, the Hotel Martinique re-opened on December 21, 1910 to a fanfare of elegantly dressed guests who arrived in horse drawn carriages. They were immediately impressed when they entered the vast lobby, which featured an inspiring mosaic tile floor and an 18-story spiral staircase, both of which are intact today.

Significant to the legendary history of the Martinique is the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America. In 1916, department store magnate, Rodman Wanamaker, sponsored a luncheon at the Hotel Martinique, where 35 prominent golf professionals created The PGA. The Charter for the PGA was signed on April 10, 1916 at the Hotel Martinique.

A copy of the original Charter is on display in the PGA Gallery, located on the second floor of the Radisson Martinique

Just steps from the Martinique, construction of the Empire State Building began on March 17, 1930. Just over a year later, President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. officially opening and turning on the Empire State Building’s lights for the first time. At that same moment, guests celebrated at the Martinique, by lifting their glasses and toasting their new neighbor, the Empire State Building.

On the register of Historic Hotels of America, the Martinique still stands amidst the excitement of Midtown Manhattan, near the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Macy’s Flagship Store at Herald Square, Chelsea Art Galleries, and SoHo Bistros and Restaurants.
Just as it was during the Gilded Age, the Hotel remains a symbol of Grand Hospitality, in the same stunning Beaux Art Building of 1896.