Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
Bemelmans Bar. Photo: Seth Smoot
Exceptional cuisine demands an exceptional nightcap, and two of the City's best can be found in the Hotel Carlyle. Bemelmans Bar, a 75-seat establishment that has been whetting whistles since the beginning of the postwar era, is set in a classic NYC interior that features comfortable leather banquettes and a gold-leaf ceiling. Powerhouse jazz musicians set the mood with nightly live performances. After sampling Bemelmans' exceptional cocktails, head across the lobby to Café Carlyle, a favorite of socialites, politicians and finance types. Besides an abridged version of the Carlyle Restaurant's menu and all kinds of classic cocktails, the venue serves up cabaret performers like Nellie McKay and John Pizzarelli for two-week stands.