Chef Daron Lee and Hotel’s Wine Experts Collaborate on Exclusive Dining Experience  

NEW YORK (August 13, 2015) – The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan is pleased to announce the launch of their new Wine Dinners, held monthly in the hotel’s locally sourced and seasonally inspired fine dining restaurant, New York Central. The intimate dinners, designed for no more than eight guests, are curated and executed by Chef Daron Lee in collaboration with the property’s wine experts Nicolas Prieto and Javier Labrada.

The Wine Dinners at Grand Hyatt New York were inspired by the property’s success with their branded tasting events which launched earlier this summer in the hotel’s Wine Gallery. However, whereas the Wine Gallery events are geared towards larger groups and provide a fun, interactive experience that companies could use as a theme for teambuilding or holiday events (i.e. beer, whiskey or other liquor tastings), the wine dinners are designed to be a much more exclusive experience for those with a passion for high-quality food and wine. Diners can choose to book the entire table for a private group of eight or are welcome to book as couples, singles or with a smaller group. Reservations are required, with a seat at the Chef’s Table starting at $140 per person (price may vary with changing menu selections and pairings). The next three wine dinners will take place on August 15, September 14 and October 9.

While each meal served at the Wine Dinners will be different depending on the season and available ingredients, a sample menu could look like:

AmuseSalmon Tartare
cucumber guacamole,
limoncello drops
Veuve Clicquot, Champagne,  France

FirstSummer Heirloom Tomatoes
pickled eggplant, basil
Pouilly Fumé, 2007, Loire Valley, France

SecondSeared Diver Scallop
carrot ginger puree, baby root
Jordan, Chardonnay, 2010 Russian River, California

Third Miso Marinated Cod
maitake mushrooms, braised
Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée, 2008, Burgundy, France

FourthLong Island Duck Breast
sweet corn ratatouille, riesling
mustard jus
Shafer, Merlot, 2012, Napa Valley, California (subject to change)

Dessert Rhubarb Crumble
raspberry sorbet
Fior D’Arancio, Moscato, 2009, Italy

An Orlando, Florida native, Chef Lee’s passion for cooking began at an early age and was further cultivated during his time at the French Culinary Institute. Having held positions in renowned restaurants such as The Dining Room at The Modern, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel, Scarpetta and Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace Hotel, Lee offers incredible culinary talent and expertise, which can be seen in the creative dishes for the Wine Dinners and on the new late summer/early fall menu in New York Central.

“With these Wine Dinners, I want to be able to offer an exclusive experience for guests who are passionate about food and wine,” said Lee. “The dishes on these menus feature fresh seasonal and local ingredients cooked in a simple, clean and refined manner to bring out the different flavors. Working closely with our wine experts, each course is carefully paired with different wines for an incredible gourmet experience. Our hope is to eventually make these dinners weekly and we are looking forward to introducing them!”

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About Grand Hyatt New York

With a premier location on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, Grand Hyatt New York lies in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Attached to the legendary Grand Central Terminal, Grand Hyatt New York 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. Grand Club provides added luxury offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres. 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

Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels unlock the extraordinary in every moment by creating experiences beyond expectation. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to reflect its own distinct environment and provides a hub for travelers and locals alike. Grand Hyatt hotels exemplify the pursuit of life lived grandly offering guests superior service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and innovative design. Grand Hyatt properties boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015, the Grand Hyatt brand stands to make every moment memorable through their commitment to #LivingGrand every day. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit