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The Kitano New York Hotel Review: This comfortable and chic property, owned by the Japanese Kitano Group, has a distinct Zen-like feel, even though it's just four blocks south of Grand Central Station. Public spaces are sleek and contemporary, with rich wood paneling, marble floors and sculptures --- Botero's Dog is the lobby centerpiece. The 149 rooms offer a taste of both Eastern and Western cultures, with Asian-style suites providing a refreshing alternative to the Americanized rooms. A standout suite is the Tatami, with its own Tea Ceremony room and a Japanese-style bathroom, complete with wooden buckets and soaking tub. The restaurants include the Hakubai, serving Kaiseki cuisine, which is rooted in Zen Buddhism. The Jazz offers contemporary American and Japanese fare in a soaring thirty-foot ceilinged space with Sunday brunch and live jazz. Limousine service (included in the rates) sweeps financial types down to Wall Street. Guests are also offered complimentary use of the facilities at the New York Sports Club on Madison Avenue and 36th Street.