Two Lexington Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.738546 -73.985772
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Gramercy Park
You haven't made it yet – ... so ease up on the attitude - my advice to the staff. We tried to go there for a starter drink at midnight on a Friday and were turned down, b/c we weren't hotel guests and/or didn't have reservations (post 9pm apparently). ARE YOU KIDDING ME, you just re-opened!?!? Occassional visits to Tenjune, Double 7 or B8 aren't problems, so why this place? I get the "hotel" guest reserve, but that only gets you so far, before your doomed by a "bad crowd" rep that in NYC is difficult to recover from!! Needless to say, I did go back on a Sunday at Noonish for a Bloody Mary & to check out the lobby & bar... despite that Friday night BS, the place is visually fantastic. And the Bloody Mary was tasty in addition to it's interesting mixing process. Furniture is fabulous, bathrooms are traditionally cool. I had slight dejavu to the Rose Bar at the Delano in SoBe.
Funky and cool spot for ONE drink. Try and snag a seat near the real, working fireplace. Place is tight so don't go with a group.
BIG disappointment. – I had been giddy weeks on end about knowing I'd be staying at an Ian Shrager hotel. Maybe I had built the experience to an unattainable end before going, but I have to say the whole experience was quite disappointing. You'd think at such a high-end boutique hotel the service would be impeccable, but even average it was not. This is clearly an establishment built on exterior superficiality with nothing to support it.
I had called in before my stay to make sure I could check in early and they replied with "Of COURSE" but when I came to check in only an hour earlier than the regular check in time of 3pm, my room was still not ready. I had to wait 4 hrs until I could check in! Without so much as an offer of compensation for my inconvenience. I even had to work at getting an insincere apology out of the staff. Even after waiting hours on end for my room to be serviced and inspected, there were fixtures missing from the bathroom and I had to call the front desk several times for documents I had requested at check-in.
Sure, come to check out the downstairs bar or restaurant, but it is not worth your money or time to spend the night here.
Perfection – It's been a while since I've seen such a good scene in this city. The Rose Bar takes me back to my early years in NYC, when lounges ruled, people actually came to Manhattan from Park Slope instead of the other way around, and the superclubs had yet to highjack the nightlife.
Off to the wrong start – Recently stopped in to grab a few drinks. Typical Schrager. Good looking place, pretty help, but don't expect anyone to be swift on their feet. Bartenders could re-define slow service, even with a totally empty bar. I don't mind paying $12 or $14 for a drink, but at that price the bartenders should know how to make the drinks, and the staff should be more on their toes. The manager of this place really needs to get his act together. The place was pretty dead when I was there, but it might just be because its fairly new.
Ian Schrager Redesign – Checked out the hotel renovations and dropped by the Rose Bar inside the hotel on a Saturday night. Hotel looks completely different than a year ago. Much darker, sexier and better art. Schnabels and Picassos line the lobby and bar areas, and I think I even spotted a Warhol. Although prices are a bit overdone at $15/drink, great place to sit back and soak it all in. Red velvet curtains, candlelight and a working fireplace adds to the ambiance. Bar turns velvet rope after 9pm so make sure you're on the list.
Though it's expanded, and spruced up a la Louis XIV, the vibe is, thankfully, still chill. – The Scene
For years, this low-rent lobby bar was something of an inside joke, with artists and media types drinking alongside ancient hotel residents, European travelers and the odd piano player. Then the management caught on, promising a major renovation that had regulars scared. The result is a happy medium: A casual front area, expanded standing room in the now TV-less bar section and a large, candlelit back lounge, in which Belle Epoque furnishings and red velvet curtains are tempered by a still-shabby carpet.
Though the menu now offers dozens of beers, snazzy cocktails and an extensive by-the-bottle list (some choices cost more than a room at the hotel), the crowd remains mixed and casual. Usually there is ample seating for large parties and privacy-seeking couples, and even when packed, it's not impossible to converse. Alas, the Goldfish crackers have been replaced by bowls of fancy peanuts.
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