This Bar Is Inspired By A Celebrated Shanghai Socialite From the 1930s
In 1951, Gordon Bunshaft built Lever House—today, Casa Lever combines original designer Marc Newson’s edgy vision with William T. Georgis’ modern restyling in 2009. Serving up a refined, elegant menu of Milanese dishes, Casa Lever treats guests to the finest Italian fare. The food is authentic and infused with flavorful nuance, while the space is sleek, modern and decorated more memorably than most eateries. Inside, guests dine among one of the world’s largest collections of original Andy Warhol paintings, courtesy of the Lever House Art Collection. Aside from the food, the wine list offers impeccable and affordable options from small producers like Monenidoli and Thurnhof. If this means nothing to you, you’re in luck; the sommelier is knowledgeable and ready to guide you.
On your journey of architectural elegance, the Peninsula hotel’s rooftop bar, Salon de Ning, is a required next stop. Walk out onto the terrace and the view will take your breath away. The ambiance is immediately warm and welcoming courtesy of candlelight and outdoor patio furniture built for upscale country decks, and surrounding high rises add glittering light to the space. Inspired by the tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite and international traveler who hosted salons in her homes around the world, Salon de Ning follows the style notes of her 1930s Manhattan penthouse. It combines antique with modern styles and merges that with an international flavor—think Moroccan lanterns, Chinese screens, and a corridor of Venetian mirrors. You’ll find the 23rd-floor glass-enclosed lounge to be so mesmerizing, even the traffic below will feel romantic. Order the signature Ning Sling and allow yourself to be enchanted. Note: reservations are only accepted for the lounge seating areas or groups of 20 people or more—and a minimum guarantee may be required.
39 Park Avenue, Manhattan
Salon de Ning at The Peninsula
The Peninsula, 700 5th Avenue, Manhattan