So we think you'll like the Hotel Astor's new twofer, the reopened Maison d'Azur and the totally new Layla.
First, you'll want to get your bearings. As you enter the hotel lobby, head left for the bar and outdoor terrace, where you'll admire a rose petal-strewn fountain and the hotel's trademark water wall, now done up with mermaids (apparently they received your letters).
Indoors, the subterranean space presents two choices. There's the main room, with a French brasserie-style menu and black-and-white photos of Parisian starlets—stay here when you're dining your own Brigitte Bardot. Option B is Layla, with a menu of North African treats and a bar serving anise-inflected cocktails (ideal if your date mentions a fondness for Black Jack gum).
If it's privacy you require, reserve Maison's two-story wine room. And if it's women's tailoring you require (it's none of our business), hit up the atelier on your way to the raw bar, where a designer will sometimes be inside, musing and stitching. This also means that, in addition to occasional belly-dancing performances in the lounge, there are plans for live modeling throughout the restaurant.
Oh, if they must...