The Players

The Players is a private social club formed to promote communication among artists and patrons of the arts. Modeled after London’s famed Garrick Club, The Players was the first American club of its kind. Location: 16 Gramercy Park South Built: 1844 Architect: Stanford White The Players was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, the widely-known…

The Ansonia

Scandalous and stylish, the Ansonia is a Parisian vision on the streets of New York Location: 2109 Broadway, between West 73rd and West 74th Streets Architect: Paul E. Duboy Built: 1904 Much like people, buildings have faces. The Ansonia is like a beautiful French lady whose Parisian looks and New York proportions make her singularly…

The San Remo

The Aristocrat of Central Park West Location: 145 Central Park West Architect: Emery Roth Built: 1930 The iconic silhouette of San Remo is defined by two soaring towers, creating the most distinct and recognizable view along Central Park West. San Remo, a luxury apartment building designed by Emery Roth, was billed in advertisements as “the Aristocrat…

William Barnacle Tavern

William Barnacle Tavern 80 St Marks Pl A divey, unpretentious pub specializing in absinthe – a high-proof grain alcohol made with anise, fennel, and wormwood with a strong black licorice essence. The tavern dates as far back as the 1830s. During the Prohibition, it was owned by Frank Hoffman, a Bavarian-born well-connected bootlegger whose friends…

The Ship

THE SHIP 158 Lafayette St A tasteful and civilized place for a perfect cocktail, quiet conversation, and a friendly attitude. The Ship is a semi-hidden bar designed, in keeping with its name, as a ship. The bar is located behind a nondescript door on a plain block on the border of Soho and Little Italy….

The Raines Law Room at The William

THE RAINES LAW ROOM AT THE WILLIAM 24 East 39th St A dark, cozy space with the feel of a Victorian house; it’s adorned with a fireplace, antique furniture, and a book-lined library. The bar is designed to feel like a traditional Victorian house, with a cozy bar room and a traditional English library room…

The Palm Court

The Palm Court 768 5th Ave at 58th St, inside The Plaza Hotel This spectacular room, with its soaring stained-glass roof, transports you to the times of old-world elegance. It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” When The Plaza opened its doors in 1907, it was advertised as the Greatest Hotel…

The Garret

The Garret 296 Bleecker St Skylighted secret bar atop a burger joint. With couches, books, artwork and a fireplace, the Garret feels like a sunny living room. If you come when it’s not busy, you can bring your burgers up and wash ’em down with one of 14 tap beers or with a cocktail prepared…

The Boathouse (Loeb Boathouse)

THE BOATHOUSE (LOEB BOATHOUSE) East 72nd St in Central Park As one of the most romantic places in New York to have a drink or rent a boat, the Boathouse has been enjoyed by New Yorkers since the 1870s. The Zagat review says it all: “It’s all about the ‘unbeatable location’ at this lakeside American…

The Blue Bar at India House

The Blue Bar at India House 1 Hanover Square A hidden bar inside a private club. The Blue Bar is named for its brilliantly-blue color scheme. With oversized neoclassical windows, it feels like an elegant, bright 19th century New York living room. India House, a New York City landmark, was constructed shortly after the fire…