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MAN­HAT­TAN’S ven­er­a­ble Pierre Ho­tel has re­placed its ground-floor Caprice restau­rant (which surely I spot­ted as a lunchtime back­drop in the lat­est Richard Gere flick, Ar­bi­trage) with Sirio Ris­torante New York, a mem­ber of the Mac­cioni group and its third ven­ture in New York City. That as­ton­ish­ingly busy in­te­rior de­signer Adam Ti­hany has done the re­fit, ‘‘in­spired by Fed­erico Fellini’s La Dolce

and Italy in the 1950s and 60s’’, and in charge of the stoves is Tus­can-born chef Filippo Goz­zoli, for­merly of the Miche­lin two-star restau­rant Arquade at Villa del Quar in Verona and Park Hy­att Mi­lan. The Pierre, on the Up­per East Side over­look­ing Cen­tral Park, is a Taj Ho­tels prop­erty and it’s hard to imag­ine a more com­fort­able nest. My stay last year, in Room 3807, was a fan­tasy of Frette bed linens, bil­low­ing cur­tains, springy car­pets and hillocks of Ban­ga­lore silk cush­ions. What a thrill, too, that sev­eral scenes from the telly hit Mad Men have been set in the ho­tel. And if you aim for the cock­tail hour in Two E Bar/Lounge off the lobby, you might just suc­cumb to a bikini mar­tini, named in hon­our of shapely Christina Hen­dricks ( Mad Men’s Joan Har­ris). The same deeply cush­ioned venue of­fers af­ter­noon tea from 3pm to 5pm — go for the ginger scones with lemon curd and dou­ble cream. More: tajho­tels.com.

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