On my first trip to NYC, I stayed in a hotel across the street from the New Yorker in midtown. The New York is a super elegant art deco hotel that is now part of the tragic Wyndham chain. They even rent rooms out as dorms to college students. I’m sure it is a great hotel.
I’m lucky that I asked for a view because this is probably the best you can get in midtown and it really gave me that old school NYC feel.