Meet Bar Fortuna and 1905 Lounge

One’s a Prime Fall Date Spot. The Other’s More for Post-Work Drinks.

By Ilana Dadras ·
None 19 Photos Bar Fortuna and 1905 Lounge
Diving right into it today with two places you need to know about: Bar Fortuna, a winner of a sexy, dimly lit date spot, and 1905 Lounge, an art-filled refuge for post-work drinks.

Both are now open, in the West Village and near Herald Square, respectively.

Further breakdowns right here:

Bar Fortuna

Is the spot you’ll find: On the second floor of an old townhouse (that also contains Casa Apicii), up a semi-obscured staircase, behind a red door marked only by a rabbit-shaped knocker.

Which you’ll utilize: For dates. Period. The velvet banquettes, dim lighting and backgammon table in front of the fireplace lend themselves to that sort of thing.

Drinks-wise, we recommend: Their French 75, which consists of champagne, cognac, bitters and a sugar cube. They’ve also got a solid rum Old Fashioned.

Food-wise, you’re working with: Snacks, mostly. Things like saffron rice balls stuffed with taleggio cheese and veggies for dipping in anchovy-garlic vinaigrette.

Three-word summary: A solid move.

Let’s take a look around.

1905 Lounge

Is the spot you’ll find: Tucked inside of the HGU hotel—walls filled with art from the owner’s personal collection, bookshelves from which you might grab something before sinking into a leather armchair, suede couches for posting up with a drink or three. Oh, and a fireplace.

Which you’ll utilize: For an after-work cocktail, or drinks with an attractive someone before dinner elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Drinks-wise, we recommend: The Mia’s pretty unique and autumnal—it’s got whiskey, ancho chili liqueur, vermouth and chocolate bitters. Factoid: their small (but solid) selection of cocktails are all named after famous party girls, many of whom are in frames on the walls around you.

Food-wise, you’re working with: Nothing, for now—but they’re hoping to change that in the near future.

Three-word summary: When in Midtown.

Photos right through here.

And just like that, we’ve entered fireplace season.
Ilana Dadras

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.


Bar Fortuna
at Casa Apicii
62 W 9th St
(between 5th and 6th)
New York, NY 10011
official website

1905 Lounge
at HGU New York
34 E 32nd St
(between Park and Madison)
New York, NY 10016
official website


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