1020 Lexington Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.771065 -73.961924
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown, Lenox Hill
I may retry – need to go back to see if raju still gets wasted and falls on the floor and yells at workers to help him up. i saw him once yell derogatory remarks at a few black wall street guys and kick them out. if it is different i will def go back for the scotch and cigars
What you want... – Lex Bar and Books is truly an oasis as someone else wrote... Comments about "stroppy" waitresses - who cares - it is what it is - a great place for a single malt and a cigar in a nice enviroment...
CIGAR BAR OASIS – A bar of class and sophistication. I believe that class is when you have a standard, you draw the line and say, "This is no longer tolerated." To say Lexington Bar and Books is "Old School" is almost cliche; Lexington Bar and Books is the way it's supposed to be. In a time of diminishing standards, its are very high, to the point of ruffeling the feathers of those with weak spines, who surrender to the fashion of the day and lose themselves, just to be like (and liked by) everyone. When was the last time you went to a bar that had a dress code? In "Old" New York (late 19th century through the 1950's, mid-60's) men wouldn't be caught dead going out for a drink without a shirt and tie, a jacket, not wearing shoes. Here's a place that enforces the dress code at the door, as they take my coat. "Civilized" can best describe my experience. For those of us of a certain age, who looked up to James Bond (Sean Connery) as the role model, here's our place. Instead of paintings on the walls, bookshelves lined with books; the motif of the library of an English club, but a place where James Bond would want to have a martini, or Frank Sinatra would come for a nice Bourbon; and a cigar. What a selection! La Gloria Cubana, Hoya de Monterrey, H. Upmann, just to name a few. I find, with whatever cigar I smoke, the end's the best part; the flavor's more complex. (Even with the Upmann.) My test of a good bartender is his ability to make a Manhattan or Rob Roy. (my personal favorites) I'm never disappointed, here. For those "Girly Men" (If I may steal a term from His Honor, Arnold.) who complain about the price of cigars in this cigar bar, I say to you, "You've never gone out? Why do you complain about the price of a cigar, but expect to pay $200-$300 for a bottle of nice Champagne?" "Stay home!", I say to those who complain about having to check their coats. Lexington Bar and Books is for real men; for those of us who don't complain when we're treated like civilized human beings.
very bad waitresses and bad attitude owner and manager lady – i went there for a first time and tell you what i had a nightmarish time over there. i was badly received by the waitresses..they don't even smile...they gave me a smirk and even if there was free tables i was let alone standing there for half and hour..so i would give waitress a 1 out of 10 for the waitresses service..bartender and bus boys are good..but there is one manager lady..she was full of shiit and got very bad attitude...some one told me that she is a girlfriend of the owner..so she act as if like she is a owner of reputed chain of international hotels..and about the old owner..he is always drunk and he act erratically to every body in the bar..so..i would recommend not to visit this bar..there are far good bar than this one..if you want to have a terrible time then you can visit it at your own discretion.
Bring your own cigars or be prepared to be VERY disappointed – I enjoy a good cigar from time to time. As Club Macanudo is not open on Sundays, I thought I would give this place a try. At $35 for a Cohiba, one would expect to be treated to a fresh, smooth cigar that Cohiba is known for. Instead, I was treated to an old cigar that did not burn evenly. From how terrible and dry the cigar was, I can only assume that Lexington Bar and Books does not own, let alone use, any type of humidor or system for preserving the freshness of its cigars. I personally will never return to this establishment; however, the drinks were great and the food was edible. If you are desperate to smoke a cigar on a Sunday, you might want to check this place out -- but be forewarned bring your own cigars or be prepared to be VERY disappointed.
great service,ambiance ,very unique – I went to Lexington Bar and Books with 3 of my girlfriends after 1 year i had a good time.The service was great the waitresses were alot nicer from last time i went there and the difference is that theres a new manager and she is very professional .I love the whole ambiance there, its very upscale they have one of the best scotch collection in NYC the cocktails are very taste and food is good but i wish they had more things added to their food menu.I love the setup of Lexington Bar and Books people there are very friendly and business crowd .They make the best Pizza i ever had its thin and crispy it reminds me of Europe .I highly recommended i saw huge improvements from last time i was there .
ok place, set up, worst Owner EVER – Went here recently, and it is nice, fancy, ok staff, no real problem, everything everyone else says is not true(bad points, that is) the staff was fine.
However,, the owner, hahahaaa, i can't even start, this pretentious A-hole was at the bar, drunk as all, and as I was told by other patrons, is drunk all the time. He was mouthing off to regular customers, making a fool of himself, he was rude, a pig and was trying to hiton every woman in the place. I can't even go into it, it has to be seen in person. I would recommend going here just to see it. I later heard the place has gone down hill and many good employees have quit because of this. A regular said that they have gone through 10-15 bartenders in the last year or so. There was one who was great, a year ago or so, Phil or Bill, but is long since gone.
Avoid Lexington bar and Books – This UES Bar has really gone down hill and continues to increasingly turn off local patrons with rude staff and silly policies. I was there on one ocassion as was asked to leave becuase I was taking far too long before ordering a drink (5 minutes) speaking with a friend at the bar. On another ocassion, a lovely lady was asked to leave because she refused to check her coat. Terible service in what was a fine establishment. Shame.
Don't Go!!!!!!! – This place is disgusting!!! I was asked to leave because I didn't want to check my coat! Btw, pretty(former Ford Model) lives on the UES; and the 12-yr-old manager named "Paul" threw me out! This place is way TACKY! My friend's place next door, Buzina Pop, is the way to go! That is if you want good fun, and don't want to be man handled by a little boy!
Nice environment VERY bad service – Front glass door was locked and need to be buzzed in. Hostess/waitress stood there watching me and wouldn't let me in until I went through the formality of pressing the buzzer notwithstanding our looking at each other and my motioning to let me in-as if I had anything else to do while standing at front door. That was a bad first start. Same hostess-INA- ended up being our waitress. No pleases, thank you, how can I help you, or even a smile but we did get some eye rolls and attitude. At the conclusion of our nice time together in a fairly hip place the service (or more accurately lack thereof) bothered us such that we wont return again. We got the check and they charged each of us "mandatory" coat check service charges even though only one of us checked a coat-we wondered what happens in the summer when you dont even bring in a coat. Then, Ina charged one of us for 3 drinks when he only ordered two-when brought to her attention, she said in her thick russian accent "You are wrong, you ordered three drinks" and she wouldn't back off until he insisted that he couldn't handle three drinks even if he wanted. Eventually she was shown the light and while never admitting she made a mistake she eventually corrected the bill. Her bad attitude was an unfortunate turn off for this otherwise nice place. Bottom line, nice upscale place even though most were there smoking cigarettes, but they lost 2 stars for their poor poor service. Prefer their Hudson location for service and friendliness.
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