New York Central Earns Wine Spectator 2016 Award of Excellence

Grand Hyatt New York's New York Central Restaurant Recognized for Exceptional Wine List in Wine Spectator's August Issue

. July 27, 2016

NEW YORK, NY. July 27, 2016 - New York Central restaurant at Grand Hyatt New York has been honored for its outstanding wine program with an Award of Excellence in Wine Spectator's 2016 Restaurant Wine List Awards. The modern seasonally inspired restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious honor from Wine Spectator for the first time,” said James Dale, Director of Food and Beverage at Grand Hyatt New York. “With our resident sommelier Nicolas Prieto at the helm, we carefully curate an expansive list of interesting and delicious wines that pair well with our fresh seasonal cuisine. In addition to over 100 selections of wine on our menu, we also offer wine programming for our guests including Chef's Table wine dinners and tasting events in our Wine Gallery.”

New York Central offers a creative menu that focuses on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients along with an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Executive Chef Kevin Reardon and Chef de Cuisine Daron Lee create unique dishes featuring fresh local ingredients cooked in a simple and refined manner to pair well with the highly regarded wine list and best bring out the different flavors.

The restaurant's extensive wine list, curated by resident sommelier Nicolas Prieto, offers over 100 different varieties and focuses primarily on California and French wines with an emphasis on sustainable and organic bottle selection. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Prieto's passion for the wine industry is rooted under the mentorship of Master Sommelier and Sake Samurai Roger Dargon, who Prieto first met while studying under him in college. He joined the New York Central team at Grand Hyatt New York as sommelier in 2014 and during his time at the property, Prieto has received accreditations from The American Sommelier Association and The Court of Masters Sommeliers. As the Beverage Manager and resident Sommelier, Nicolas Prieto has curated a wine list that complements the seasonal contemporary cuisine served at New York Central restaurant.

New York Central will be featured on and in the August 31 issue, on newsstands now.

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. Grand Hyatt hotels stand to make every moment memorable through their commitment to #LivingGrand every day. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web's most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine's role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken's Impact Newsletter.

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