Meet Chef Rupert: Executve Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel

Executive Chef, Rupert Leitner has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary field. As Executive Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel, Chef Rupert has elevated the level of fine dining at the historic 84-year-old landmark.

With early inspiration from his grandmother and mother, he graduated from culinary school in Villach, Austria and began his culinary career in Europe traveling to Switzerland, France and Sweden. In 1982, Leitner moved to the U.S. where he started as a cook at the New York Hilton and was promoted to Executive Sous Chef. He became the Executive Chef at the Secaucus Hilton in New Jersey, following his time at the New York Hilton, and went on to become the Executive Chef at St. Moritz Hotel on Central Park South in N.Y. In 1997, he was hired as Executive Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel, refining further the delicious dining experience at the hotel

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Tribeca Film Festival April 22 – May 3, 2009


Founded in 2002 byRobert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival was started as an effort to revitalize Lower Manhattan in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival has now become a haven for film lovers because of its reputation for screening the hottest new films from documentaries to short films. Also offered are discussion panels, Q & A’s with leading actors/directors and some very fun kid-friendly events. This is a ticketed event, so check out their website for details.

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NYC Goes Green for Earth Month


Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but NYC will be celebrating all month with tons of events in every borough. These are just a few…

Green Fest at The New York Aquarium at Coney Island (April 13-22, 2009)

Find out what you can do to save marine habitats around the world while enjoying a festive week that features a live music, arts and crafts, and more. Check out their website for a full schedule of events.

New York Aquarium
602 Surf Avenue (Map)
Coney Island, NY 11224
P. 718-265-4740

Earth Month at the Bronx Zoo (April 19-26, 2009)
It’s a party for the planet all month-long! Enjoy eco-friendly crafts, green-themed entertainment, storytelling, a recycled animal art exhibition and a Green Festival showcasing green products, services and more. Connect with more than 4,000 animals throughout the zoo, representing our planet’s wild ambassadors.

Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10460

Earth Week in Grand Central Terminal (April 20-26, 2009)
EarthFair2009, two days of art, music and the environment, will be hosted right outside the doors of The Roosevelt Hotel at Grand Central Station on April 24-25th. There are many other events being hosted, like the Giant Earth Images inside Grand Central. Go to for more details!

Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York 10017
P. 212-922-0048

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Things are “looking up” in Midtown Manhattan

mad46 Rooftop Lounge
Spring (and cocktails) is in the air! With blue skies and warm temperatures creeping up on us at a steady pace, mad46 Rooftop Lounge is ready for another great season. On April 15th, mad46 opened its elevators to the 19th floor of The Roosevelt Hotel for the first time in 2009!

As one of the hottest happy hour spots in Midtown Manhattan, we are excited to offer a new martini menu, as well as some additions to our food items. There are lots of promotions and events on the books this season, including favorites like Mojito Mondays and Tiki Tuesdays. Make sure you are “In The NY Know” by signing up for the mad46 email blast or by joining our MySpace, Facebook or Twitter pages.

We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones all season long at mad46 at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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We’ve got The NY Know

Roosevelt Hotel Lobby

Do you know where to get the best slice of pizza in New York? Where you can see an original Van Gogh? How to find the hottest clubs? Or which Broadway play is the “must see” this season?

We do.

New York City is one of the largest cities in the world and we know that with everything there is to see and do here, it can be overwhelming. Here at The Roosevelt Hotel’s new blog “The NY Know”, we offer you advice on the “must sees” of our city and keep you up to date with the most happening events around town. Join our community and consider us your NYC Expert!

Not only are we your tell all source for the Big Apple, but we invite you to get to know us. Through interviews and guest appearances, get to know the staff of The Roosevelt Hotel. From our Wedding Consultants to the Executive Chef to our very own General Manager, our team has tons of expertise that we want to share with you. You’ll get insider tips on how to plan your next event, when to find the best rates and how to make that delicious martini you had at the hotel’s rooftop bar, mad46. Consider it your “behind the scenes” exclusive.

Stay with The Roosevelt Hotel and stay in The NY Know!

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