One of my favorite things to do in NYC is stop in at the bar of an upscale restaurant—especially at a spot that’s just opened—and do a quick sampling of the menu. As it happened, after the Tabletop show just a block away, the bar at Park Avenue Restaurant Autumn called to me.
Who To Take: Your co-worker for a bite + sip at the bar or a group to celebrate an occasion (dining room)
Popping in here gets you the grand treatment: champagne in a gorgeous, extra tall flute, a sample of their cake-like bread, a creatively presented amuse, and your bar bite of choice. This time, I opted for the Moroccan-cigar-appetizer, which I think was stuffed with mushrooms of the season. The bartenders here are extra cordial, with just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism.
One note to consider for women: the bar stools are very high, and a little awkward to get on and off when wearing a short skirt. For more of this spectacular place, see HOBNOB’s post on the cocktails we tasted, by Bryan Schneider.
PARK AVENUE [Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn], 360 Park Avenue South at SW corner of 26th St; go at least one time per season to experience new decor and menu