- The Scene
The marble lobby of the upscale St. Regis Hotel serves as an appropriate runway to the elegant bar with a very gentleman's-lounge feel. Women were barred until 1950, but now they enter as they please to see the famed Maxfield Parrish mural for themselves. It's expensive, but the museum-like surroundings give fair warning.
Service truly transports. The bartenders' attention to detail recalls a bygone era, and your coat can't drape across the bar stool a second without it being whisked away. While the King Cole has been known to attract celebrities, you'll generally find members of the New York business elite sipping a perfectly shaken martini or toasting the day's conquest with a glass of bubbly. It's easy to strike up a conversation with someone who catches your eye, and you're almost guaranteed they can afford to buy your next drink.