23 September 2021
Mandarin Oriental, New York Debuts 'MO Lounge' and Culinary Enhancements Lead by New F&B Director and Executive Chef Toni Robertson
Mandarin Oriental, New York unveils new dining experience, MO Lounge, and announces the appointment of Chef Toni Robertson as F&B Director and Executive Chef. Located on the hotel’s 35th floor and adjacent to the Sky Lobby, MO Lounge offers an all-day menu of elevated comfort food and well-crafted cocktails while providing spectacular views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
Designed by Chef Toni Robertson, the menu at MO Lounge features the finest locally sourced and sustainable ingredients in popular, approachable dishes, while, in a nod to Mandarin Oriental’s storied heritage, incorporating Asian flavors. Standouts include the Mushroom Char-Siu featuring oyster mushrooms with Chinese BBQ sauce, pickled radish, and whipped almond cream; Wonton Noodle Soup with chicken and shrimp wonton, char siu pork, poached eggs, shitake mushroom, and bok choy; and NY Steak Bites with black garlic truffle butter.
House cocktails include the M.O. Fashioned, MO Lounge’s take on an Old Fashioned with lapsang souchong infused knob creek, angostura, and orange zest; the Malabi, made with vodka, amaretto, skim milk, and pistachios; and the Lunar Eclipse, crafted with a turmeric-infused stoli, carrot juice, lemon juice, and honey. Guests can also choose from a premium list of champagne and wines by the glass, local craft beers, craft soft and homemade iced drinks, as well as freshly-squeezed juices and smoothies for breakfast.
MO Lounge is open daily from 7:00am to 11:00pm, Sunday through Wednesday, and 7:00am to 12:00am, Thursday through Saturday. Reservations can be made online via www.mandarinoriental.com/new-york/fine-dining or by contacting Mandarin Oriental, New York at +1 (212) 805-8800.
About Chef Toni Robertson
MO Lounge, as with the property’s entire F&B operations, is overseen by Chef Toni Robertson who rejoins the hotel after seven years away. Chef Robertson was part of the original Mandarin Oriental, New York team, acting as Executive Chef when the hotel opened in 2004. A year later, she transferred to Mandarin Oriental, Singapore to act as the property’s Executive Chef through 2017.
Chef Robertson formally trained at The Culinary and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, graduating first in her class. Her career was followed by over 30 years of international experience as a professional chef where she traveled the globe to lead culinary operations at luxury properties in Chicago, Beverly Hills, and San Francisco to Hawaii, South Africa, and Singapore.
“We are extremely delighted to welcome back Chef Toni Robertson,” says Susanne Hatje, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, New York. “Her impressive culinary experience and expertise, together with the opening of MO Lounge, creates an exciting new direction to our culinary offering.”
For a limited time, guests have an opportunity to learn the art of mixology directly from Chef herself. Offered exclusively though Mandarin Oriental’s Fans of M.O. member benefits, the Cocktail Masterclass is offered on select Sundays through early December (October 3, November 7, and December 5). Fans of M.O. members and up to five guests can book the 45-minute class and learn how to create high-design specialty cocktails. Reservations can be made online via www.mandarinoriental.com/fans-of-mo/members-only#member-experiences at USD 75+ per guest, inclusive of cocktails and snacks.
In addition to accessing exclusive member experiences, Fans of M.O. members can enjoy benefits such as early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary room upgrade, and more.
Reservations can be made at mandarinoriental.com/new-york or by calling Mandarin Oriental, New York at 212-805-8800.