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By Jonathan Borge
October 22, 2014
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Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel
With a popular nightlife scene and endless bars, clubs and lounges, exploring New York City at night can be overwhelming...until you find your favorite spot.

Situated just steps from Gramercy Park, in the heart of Manhattan, Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel offers an escape from all that is modern. Much like the hotel itself, this locals favorite is furnished with a yesteryear-inspired decor replete with velvet, dark wood, and barely-lit, intimate lights. And while the look is reason enough to don the sharpest black-tie attire - ladies come in show-stopping evening dresses and gentlemen sport blazers and jackets - its the music that draws the crowds all week long.


Each Tuesday and Thursday, the bar becomes a hub for trumpet-fueled jazz sounds and speakeasy-style libations. Jazz acts such as Brian Newman (also known for his performances and collaborations with Lady Gaga) come each night between 8 and 10 p.m. Classic songs like Anything Goes and That Lady is a Tramp blast throughout the night along with jazz iterations of modern songs (think Lady Gagas Bad Romance a la Ella Fitzgerald). The room is small and intimate, which gives it a private feel. So intimate in fact, that artists like Brian recognize my friends and me night after night; its a treat when it feels like a live band is playing just for you, especially in a big city.

 New Yorkers may prefer classic drinks such as a whiskey ginger or old-fashioned, but handcrafted cocktails like the Dew Drop (a perfect combination of gin, lime, and cucumber) or the Bohemian Side Car (cognac, lime juice, and absinthe) are some of my favorites that I think help start the party. Pair these with a black pepper and arugula speckled bacon sandwich or with bite-size sliders spilling with Shelburne cheddar from the late-night menu and youll be in foodie heaven. The best way to go? Choose two to three appetizers, throw in a bottle of wine or champagne and keep the conversation flowing.


The atmosphere is relaxed but lively, so come prepared to dance between tables and work your way around the room throughout the night the vibe welcomes a 30 to 40s young professional crowd whos just there for a good time. Doormen align the front entrance of the bar and theres a strict guest-list only policy, but stop by just before 10pm, like I always do, for easy access. The music, food and drinks will certainly be worth your while.