- Critics’ Pick
The Carnegie Club
- Sinatra Saturdays, $40 with two drink minimum, $50 for premium seating
156 W. 56th St.
New York, NY 10019
- Neighborhood: Midtown West
- Phone: 212-957-9676
An air of vintage class pervades this sprawling midtown cigar bar—just what you'd expect from the team responsible for Grand Central's Campbell Apartment. Yellow wallpaper and hand-carved wooden bookcases stuffed with worn hardbacks give the club's main level and large lofted hideaway the feel of an Ivy League alumni club. Jazz groups perform on a patch of floorspace downstairs beneath cathedral-like windows, with the modern, mellow groove of a trumpeter (or even a didgeridoo player) on one night giving way to the swing of crooned standards and an 11-piece orchestra on another. The crowd of men (many of them balding and dressed in jacket and tie) and some younger women (in skirts or cocktail dresses) buzz from upholstered sofa chairs and couches to the long bar. With 20 or so cigars in a glass-enclosed humidor, even non-smokers may experience a whiff of nostalgia for the days of indoor smoking as they watch how the club's lighting catches swirls of smoke just right. But that feeling's likely to wear off once they get a whiff of themselves outdoors.
Mon-Fri, 2pm-2am Sat, 4pm-2am Sun, 4pm-midnight
Sinatra Saturdays, $40 with two drink minimum, $50 for premium seating
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