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The Polo Bar

1 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022 40.761713 -73.974375
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-207-8562 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

ralphlauren.com

Hours

Daily, 5pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.; F at 57th St.

Prices

Appetizers, $14 to $25; entrees, $24 to $87.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

Innovation has never been a hallmark of this meat-and-potatoes dining city, but as rents continue to rise into the stratosphere and profit margins fall, restaurateurs around town seem to be falling back on ancient, time-tested formulas to make a buck. In fact, in certain fancy-dining precincts around town, it almost feels like you’re traveling aggressively backward in time — to the days when the walls of the finest dining establishments were plastered with oil paintings, the swell clientele talked among themselves in hushed, clubby voices, and to get a decent table you needed to know “a guy,” provided you could get a table at all. Exhibit A in this nostalgic trend is Ralph Lauren’s popular dining club the Polo Bar, which has been mobbed with an endless cavalcade of fashion folk, celebrity watchers, and assorted high-society nabobs ever since it opened in one of the catacombs beneath Mr. Lauren’s flagship store. Not surprisingly, the subterranean dining room looks like some strange, Disneyfied mash-up of an old London sporting club and the set of Lord Grantham’s smoking room, although you won’t get decorous little bowls of fried olives like the ones served at the very good bar upstairs to go with your pre-dinner cocktails at Downton Abbey, not to mention a refined, upmarket rendition of that old bar-mitzvah favorite pigs in blankets, which the chefs at this professionally run establishment roll in buttery tubes of puff pastry and plate with a little pot of mustard. Devout Anglophiles can order a decent, $62 facsimile of ye olde English Dover sole in the dining room downstairs, but if you’re wise, you’ll stick to the favorite restaurant foods of the great tastemaker himself, like Ralph’s Corned Beef Sandwich, constructed with melted Swiss cheese, thick slabs of corned beef, and toasted rye, and a scoop or two of Ralph’s Coffee Ice Cream for dessert, which is served, just like in an old-fashioned gentlemen’s dining club, in a simple porcelain bowl over a white paper doily, with a couple of chocolate shortbread cookies on the side.

Ideal Meal

Kale Caesar, roast chicken or Ralph’s corned-beef sandwich with fries, Polo Bar brownie.

 

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