Published November 05, 2013
Long Live the King
A Legendary Hotel Bar Returns
Couple clues for you about today’s spot:
The Bloody Mary was invented here.
Dalí used to walk his ocelot around the bar.
And there’s a royal court in the house.
Welcome to King Cole Bar and Salon
, an updated version of one of the most legendary hotel bars ever
built, now open at the St. Regis.
John DeLucie: got a thing for restoring beloved Manhattan landmarks. See: Bill’s and Crown. And now: here.
There are a few ways to approach it, and they are:
The dining room and its Waterford-crystal chandeliers are now part
of the same operation as the bar. So post up beside the new black marble fireplace and conduct power lunch
negotiations over, say, lamb merguez with roasted grapes
The “important” date.
Beneath a restored blue-sky fresco, you can grab a
sofa with its own table. Look into your date’s eyes, take their hand and tell them how you really feel...
about osetra and seafood towers.
The classic belly-up.
They’ve restored the mural of Old King Cole back to vibrancy
and laid down a leopard-print carpet in the bar. Procure one of six Bloodys
(the Red Snapper
is the original original) and some Grandma
(a sacred DeLucie family recipe and crown jewel of the bar menu) and raise a toast
to His Majesty’s eternal youth.
Or to meatballs.
King Cole Bar and Salon
at the St. Regis New York
2 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022