Midtown may not have the best reputation as a drink destination with its constant bustle of tourists and office workers. But certain bars are causing the neighborhood to trend upwards. A steady growth of upscale venues are offering an intimate environment for friends or coworkers to grab a cocktail and get away from the very hustle that surrounds it.
Here are 5 bars that are worth checking out in midtown for a cocktail or two.
The Stayton Room
Opened just this past summer, The Stayton Room (pictured above) embraces the Lexington Hotel’s Jazz history with a decidedly modern twist. With a cocktail menu built on classic Prohibition-era libations, like Hemingway Daiquiri and French 75, and a companion food menu from Richard Sandoval, the Stayton Room provides a stylish 1950s ambiance to enjoy a drink in.
140 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017 (at The Lexington Hotel)
The Gold Room
Located within the Villard Mansion, The Gold Room lives up to the name with original gilt ceilings from 1882 and an atmosphere of glamour and opulence. The cocktails are inspired by iconic New York City figures like their signature Carnegie which features a blend of Bowmore 12 Year Single Malt Islay Scotch, Luxardo Liquer, Absinthe, and Lemon Zest before being garnished with Torched Rosemary.
455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (at Lotte New York Palace)
Helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli, Le Jardinier uses a modern, vegetable-driven menu to accentuate its tasteful French architecture and ambiance. The light-filled space is filled with plants and tops it’s French accouterments with a massive wine list designed by acclaimed beverage director Roberto Longo and drawing from the regions of Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux.
610 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Pronounced “shoon”, Bar Shun is named for the Japanese culinary tradition that celebrates seasonal food at its peak flavor. The menu is grounded in French technique and selectively integrates Japanese flavors and aesthetics. The cocktails are overseen by Mixologist Dushan Zaric and complement the Japanese menu with drinks like the Zen Garden Martini and Bushido.
610 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Located inside 100 East 53rd Street)
Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, the Elgin offers an upscale tavern menu which is now expanding to include brunch offerings. Interesting historical facts about the Elgin’s founding and its founders are spread throughout the bar and are incorporated into the menu as well with cocktails like The Hosack and The Hamilton.
64 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
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