New York’s Most Exclusive (And Expensive) Cocktail Hour

Details on Table 55 at The St. Regis Hotel's King Cole Bar

Table 55 at The King Cole Bar

Table 55 at The King Cole Bar (Photo courtesy of The St. Regis New York).

The St. Regis Hotel’s King Cole Bar is one of the last remaining legends of uptown New York. It’s where Salvador Dali often visited with his pet ocelot, and where the first American Bloody Mary was served to Russian royal Serge Obolensky. The petite cocktail den often turns away guests at its peak hours, but come next week, those with deep enough pockets can finally make a reservation.

The St. Regis New York's King Cole Bar

The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar (Photo courtesy of The St. Regis New York).

Table 55, named after the hotel’s location on the corner of 55th Street & 5th Ave, is the boîte’s only bookable table. The corner table sits beneath Maxfield Parrish’s “Old King Cole” mural, and offers guests access to a menu, exclusive to the table, comprised of rare whiskeys, vintage wines, carefully crafted cocktails, and gourmet bites served atop Christofle and Bernardaud place settings.

Highlights include Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1975 from the hotel’s wine cellar, and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio paired with Truffle Essence. Without a reservation at Table 55, these can’t be purchased, and, of course, this comes with a price. If you’re lucky enough to score a reservation, a $2,500 minimum spend is required.

Bartender Bill Dante

Bartender Bill Dante (Photo courtesy of The St. Regis New York).

New York’s Most Exclusive (And Expensive) Cocktail Hour