Craving a great hotel bar in Manhattan
I'm looking for a great hotel bar, with alot of
atmosphere and great martinis to take some out-of-
towners. Preferably one with some historical ambience.
The St.Regis bar is beautiful, featuring a witty Maxfield Parish mural. The martinis are great, but you really need one after negotiating with the rude staff for a table. The garden bar at the top of the Peninsula is spectacular on a nice night, with views up Fifth Avenue to Central Park.
re: Jennifer Stott
I would highly recommend the Old King Cole bar at the
St. Regis. It is my favorite place, as far as bars
go. However, in order to ensure your ease in getting
a table, reserve in advance. Yes, they reserve tables
in the bar and they have great bar food. Not wings and
the like, but a nice menu. On any given day you may
see Billy Joel, Judy Collins, writers, etc.
Another great place is the bar/ rest. 57/57 at the
Four Seasons Hotel. Also very crowded but hip.
And...Asia de Cuba in the Morgan Hotel on Madison and
37th. VERY hip, greaqt menu (apps and entrees).
I like the piano bar at the Carlyle hotel,Bemelens.
They have those wonderful murals that have been
The Sherry Netherlands is has old world beauty, just
outside the cocktail lounge is my favorite spot to
The Plaza has several bars, the Oak Bar is one, very
pretty overlooking the park. My favorite is The Palm
Court, light and airy, I am not sure if they still
have violin music, very romantic. Lots of history at
the Plaza, I had my wedding there 40 years ago, that
must make some kind of historic note!
re: Michele Fuchs
Tonight, we decided to go back to the wonderful
Carlyle lounge for some champagne. we have not been
there for about two years. Our beloved Peter was
still tickleing the ivories. When we came into the
room, Peter, with out hesitation, played," You stepped
out of a dream." Peter is REALLY good.
re: Martha Gehan
Bemelmens Bar is A-Number 1 the best hotel bar in the
city especially when Peter Mintun's playing piano. He
plays songs my parents don't even remember. "He plays
songs nobody remembers," as my mom put it. But, he is
so cool! Think of that bar from "The Shining." Think
re: Sleepy LaBeef
You are so right about Peter and his repertoire, it is
one evening, my husband requested,"You stepped out of
a dream," it was a song that Tony Martin did so many
years ago. Well, we finally stumped Peter, he swore
he would learn the song. When we returned to
Bemelen's several months later, Peter must have seen
us enter the room and there was the melody, it was
like a movie entrance. Now, whenever we arrive, we
can be sure that Peter will have this greeting for us.
If it's history and ambiance you crave, may I add the
Algonquin? It reeks. Of history, that is.
And I second the Oak Bar at the Plaza, guaranteed to
make you feel like an adult, or as someone over 21
resembling an adult.
WOW, there are more NYers with taste than I realized.
BEMELMAN'S, 57,57, and the KING COLE BAR are
all fantastic...but what about the petit, sophisticated
bar at THE MARK?