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This UES Date Is Pure Old New York— From St. Regis To Polo Bar

  • Drinks
  • Food

When former regulars include Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon, you know you’re at the right place. King Cole Bar is the right place, and it’s one of the city’s most stately cocktail lounges. Inside the St. Regis, which has long stood for New York style and sophistication, King Cole Bar gives you a good reason to dress up to enjoy your lover’s company, and a few strong drinks. Try the Red Snapper—rumored to be the inspiration for the Bloody Mary—and take in the opulence of the dining room, with marble columns, sparkling chandeliers, and a mural of John Jacob Astor as Old King Cole behind the bar. Note: King Cole Bar has limited availability, and doesn’t allow for reservations. Your best bet is to come early to the bar (like, 4-5PM early), and make sure you’re properly attired in “smart casual” dress.

Your finery deserves fine dining, so plan to have dinner at The Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s popular dining club located under his flagship store. From the vast scotch selection to the traditional Ralph Lauren equestrian decor and the impeccable service, Polo Bar is well worth the wait. Make sure to make a reservation—Polo Bar is notorious when it comes to snagging a seat, but if you’re a bit flexible with your dining hours, you might just have some luck.

King Cole Bar

2 East 55th Street, Manhattan

The Polo Bar

1 East 55th Street, Manhattan

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