One of the most anticipated new hotels in the city, the Mondrian SoHo opened its 270 rooms in February 2011. It’s an odd mix of 18th-century elegance and postmodern New Yawk—designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz said he was inspired by Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête. There are floor-to-ceiling windows for city views (at 26 stories, it—controversially—towers above the rest of SoHo), marble-clad bathrooms, a vanity–cum–wet bar, curvaceous low-hanging chandelier lamps, and chrome-plated sconces, desks, and bedside tables along vaguely Art Deco lines. Chef Sam Talbot will preside over the contemporary seafood cuisine under crystal chandeliers at Imperial No. Nine