New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
What joy! A luxury hotel on the Upper East Side with a top-draw bar to boot. The boutique hotel The Surrey Hotel is a mere hop skip and a jump from Central Park and there’s no mistaking its entrance, with its black canopy and its pair of cornucopia atop the window above. Once inside, ignore the glories of the atrium and head straight for Bar Pleiades, passing Cafe Boulud as you do so. Here under the aegis of Chef Daniel Boulud, you can dine in style on Terrine de Veau, Salad Nicoise, and the divine nine herb ravioli. But don’t tarry here, for like the constellation they were named for, The Pleiades twinkle in the cocktail firmament. Thanks to their admirable mixologist, you can treat yourself to some of the best cocktails in a city that knows how to put together a great drink. Whether it’s the Basil Lime Gimlet or the 76th Street (a sonata in a glass in which lime, soda, orange bitters and Patron silver mix to good effect) there’ll be no complaints on this score. Though clearly priced in line with the venue so not particularly cheap, there’s no stinting on the quality and you’re unlikely to feel overcharged. The bar and lounge decor – inspired by both timeless fashion icon Coco Chanel and the elegant lines of a 1930s Art Deco bar cart – features black and white lacquer finishes, French doors and quilted walls, inviting seclusion in intimate niches. Settle back into a banquette smugly, top-notch drink in hand, safe in the knowledge you’re in one of the best bars in the Upper East Side.