Located just off the lobby entrance, the boutique is an intimate space filled with creative and unique gift items for every occasion. The boutique features a wide range of merchandise that includes fine writing pens, fashion accessories, kitchen utensils, and accents for the home. Take home a memento from your stay or select a stylish gift for an associate.
The Art Collection
The culture of the Kitano New York Hotel goes far beyond Japanese tradition and hospitality. Since its opening, the Kitano has upheld a formidable tradition of patronizing the fine arts by continuously seeking new and unique opportunities to showcase art, music, and culture. As part of this initiative, the Kitano features a rotating repertoire of gallery pieces throughout the hotel’s lobby and mezzanine, as well as permanent fixtures such as the notable bronze sculpture titled “Dog” by the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero. “Dog” stands sentry at the base of the stairs leading to the Mezzanine and greets guests as the first of an impressive, museum-quality collection of art. Other featured artists include Paul Jenkins , Red Grooms, Ed Baynard and photographers Joel Greenberg and Henri Silberman with themes depicting various New York landmarks.
The Mezzanine pathway features a window into the rare and precious artifacts exhibited at esteemed cultural institutions. Past displays have been provided by venerated establishments including The Museum of Art and Design, The Morgan Library and Lladro gallery. Currently on display are pieces from the renowned Baccarat Collection, famous since the 18th century for its unparalleled and revolutionary crystal masterpieces which have made Baccarat a symbol of eternally young and unrivaled luxury.
In honor of its unique Japanese culture, the Kitano’s Michelin-rated Hakubai restaurant houses a large collection from the renowned artist, Tatsuya Ishiodori, a contemporary Japanese painter who has hosted prominent exhibitions throughout the world. And, as guests stroll through the lobby and dine in Hakubai, they will no doubt admire the artful Ikebana floral arrangements designed weekly by the renowned Sogetsu School of Ikebana, which remain one of Japan’s most distinctive art forms. Dating back to the 6th century, the arrangements symbolized the coming together of humanity and nature. The arranger must work in complete silence while preparing the work as it is a time to appreciate nature.