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DINING IN: Bri­tish chef Ja­son Ather­ton, whose global net­work will soon in­clude Syd­ney, has de­signed the menus. Look out for the Big Eye tuna tataki, North African-spiced Colorado lamb or share dishes from The So­cial Sec­tion, es­pe­cially the 40day, dry-aged cote de boeuf with foie gras salad and bone mar­row jus. The sump­tu­ous sec­ond-floor restau­rant, with orig­i­nal oak floors, ma­hogany wain­scot­ing and lush vel­vet chairs, com­prises three dining rooms, a bil­liards room and li­brary bar.

DINING OUT: Check out Eataly, a gourmet Ital­ian deli and dining com­plex across the park, and Up­land, for lively Cal­i­for­nian fare at 345 Park Av­enue South.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: Lex­ing­ton is a must.

The Dover Street Mar­ket on

CHECK­ING IN: Rooms from $US725 ($948) a night. More: edi­tion­ho­

ALSO TRY: The Miami Beach Edi­tion; Ham Yard Ho­tel, Lon­don; Ho­tel Indigo Bangkok Wire­less Road.

CHRISTINE McCABE Fol­low­ing a re­fur­bish­ment of all gue­strooms last year, San Fran­cisco’s Fair­mont, loom­ing atop Nob Hill, has un­veiled an up­grade of its five “spe­cialty” suites in­clud­ing the fa­mous Tony Bennett pad; stay be­fore July 21 and re­ceive a sec­ond night for just $US5 ($6.50) • This week, Shangri-La Ho­tels & Re­sorts opens a 290-room prop­erty in the Mon­go­lian cap­i­tal of Ulaan­baatar; sit­u­ated within walk­ing dis­tance of the Great Ching­gis Khan Square and with moun­tain views, the luxury ho­tel fea­tures plenty of lo­cal touches, in­clud­ing door­men in tra­di­tional dress, to­gether with large, mod­ern gue­strooms kit­ted out in tim­ber and mar­ble; the Shangri-La ad­joins the city’s first up­scale res­i­den­tial and re­tail devel­op­ment • Th­ese days ho­tels have art cu­ra­tors and bearded mixol­o­gists but Australia’s QT Ho­tels & Re­sorts might just be the first with a res­i­dent “for­ager”; Ge­orgie Neal will foster re­la­tion­ships with farm­ers and grow­ers across the coun­try to sup­ply the fresh­est sea­sonal pro­duce to QT ho­tels in Syd­ney, Can­berra, Port Dou­glas and Falls Creek and on the Gold Coast •Banyan Tree Lang Co is of­fer­ing three nights for the price of two, in­clud­ing break­fasts, un­til De­cem­ber 19 (ex­clud­ing July 1 to Au­gust 31); be­side a long, de­serted beach in cen­tral Viet­nam, the beau­ti­fully de­signed re­sort of­fers large pool vil­las within easy strik­ing dis­tance of charm­ing Hoi An and the old im­pe­rial cap­i­tal of Hue.

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