Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation Cocktail (Photo: Supplied)

Hidden away on the 52nd floor of the Shinjuku Park Tower, inside the luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel, is the New York Grill and adjoining New York Bar, a site famous in the film world for the meeting of Bob and Charlotte (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson) in the Academy Award-winning movie Lost in Translation.

It is an impressive venue, with its breathtaking views over Toyko and its slick interiors including four gigantic colourful paintings by Valerio Adami. At night, there is smooth, live jazz to accompany your choice of a classic or original cocktail.

Yasukazu Yokota presides over the beverages, including an impressive wine list of top American labels. The cellar provides an atmospheric backdrop for the restaurant, and if you look closely, you will see discreet layers between the bottles to protect them in the event of an earthquake. A relatively new measure, as they lost quite a few bottles in the last one.

Due to the success and subsequent interest in Sofia Coppola’s film, Yokota created a themed cocktail known as the L.I.T., based on saké and Sakura, a cherry blossom liqueur. It is distinctly Japanese in character, with its sweet scents and gorgeous pink hue. Very popular with actresses I am told.

Yokota is also a whisky lover and can advise you on top Japanese examples, including Nikka, Ichiro and Suntory.

Bookings at the restaurant open three months in advance, and one needs to be quick if wanting a window-side table, which are popular for celebrations and proposals.

Like many top-end Tokyo restaurants and bars, the food and drinks are pricey. Plus, there’s a cover charge in the bar and a strict no photo policy.

But you don’t get views and atmosphere like this everywhere. And if you love visiting famous movie locations, this one is unmissable – just don’t take your camera.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

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