Sun, 7am-midnight; Mon-Sat, 7am-1am
E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
First opened in 1932 and frequented by Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon, the taste of Old New York can still be found inside the St. Regis Hotel's renovated King Cole Bar and Salon. The opulent dining room has marble columns, massive chandeliers, and friezes with chariots and cherubs with gold reliefs. The dark wood bar boasts a Maxfield Parrish mural featuring King Cole seated in his throne, and it's an ideal spot to sip old-fashioned cocktails while chatting with classy patrons. The polished staff offer diners informed insight on selections from John DeLucie and Bassim Zafar’s upscale Italian-leaning-new-American menu. Highlights include the butternut-squash soup with crispy shallots, which has a subtle cream and generous turmeric spiciness that gives your cold bones a warm hug. The creamy risotto with wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale is served piping hot in a ceramic pot, and a side of maple turnips hails straight from a farm: Both are good choices. Dishes are well thought-out here, as grilled lamb merguez comes with roasted grapes and is served atop a wooden plank with micro-greens. King Cole's elegant takes on classic desserts include an apple-blackberry cobbler served with house-made vanilla gelato and warm bread pudding topped with an apricot glaze and Calvados crème anglaise.Dress Code
No shorts or sneakers after 5pm. No hats at any time.
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