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The Blue Bar

The Algonquin
59 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036 40.755599 -73.981828
nr. Sixth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-840-6800 Send to Phone

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    9 out of 10


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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Classic NY, Hotel Bar, Romantic, Swank

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Sun-Mon, noon-midnight; Tue-Sat, noon-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Fifth Ave.; B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.


Sadly, the modern-day Algonquin is a pale shadow of its former self, the legendary haunt of literary alcoholics like Dorothy Parker. The bar (named for the blues music playing overhead) attracts older drinkers, who like to be served by even older men in black tie, and publishing types enthralled by the romanticized history and framed Hirschfeld cartoons. Small groups of sophisticates hold court in the black leather booths, while older loners watch TV at the bar. It's not a bad place to hide from trendy Manhattan, and the tourist quotient is mercifully minimal. Still, the place just feels kind