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Grand Hyatt New York Appoints Executive Chef Christian Ragano
to Head Up the Hotel’s New Restaurant, New York Central

NEW YORK, NY (September 09, 2010) – Grand Hyatt New York announces the appointment of Christian Ragano, former chef de cuisine of Park Hyatt Chicago’s award-winning NoMI, who will helm the hotel’s new restaurant, New York Central, perched above 42nd Street on the second floor. Opening this fall, New York Central will bring a new level of quality and creativity to the culinary landscape of the Grand Central neighborhood. The restaurant will offer a diverse menu inspired by the flavors of Western Europe including house-made pastas, locally-sourced products, and homemade charcuterie. 
New York Central will occupy the space that was formerly the Manhattan Sky Restaurant. This innovative dining experience will eventually replace the hotel’s current restaurant, Commodore Grill. With a sleek metropolitan presence, the venue will be a place to see and be seen. More details about the restaurant’s concept, design, and signature dishes will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Chef Ragano’s move is a homecoming for the Queens, New York native who has spent more than ten years at some of the best Chicago restaurants, including a stint at the Mobil Four-Star TRU before his nine-year tenure working his way through the ranks at NoMI. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Ragano has an eclectic style that blends classic French training with Italian and Spanish influences. 

“We are excited to welcome Chef Ragano to the Grand Hyatt New York team. We know that he will bring the inventive culinary experience for which he is known,” said Matthew Adams, Vice President and Managing Director. “As progress rapidly continues on this new venue, we look forward to announcing more details about the restaurant.”

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 mid-town 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 1,311 guest rooms including 51 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 and drinks. Grand Hyatt New York is perfect for groups of any size. Boasting over 50 meeting rooms and 55,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,500 people.


 Matthew Levison
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Also See: Grand Hyatt New York’s New Grab-and-Go Restaurant Concept – Market – Meant to Reinvent Hotel Room Service / April 2010

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