Just off 5th Avenue, across the road from the Museum of Modern Art and next door to Christie’s auction house, you’ll find one of the most magnificent Manhattan bars down a long, black, marble hallway. This isn’t just one of the best bars in NYC – it’s one of the finest to be found anywhere on earth.
What makes The Bar at the Baccarat so sublime? For one thing, it’s located in the only Baccarat Hotel in the world. Baccarat has retail stores in cities throughout the world and yet there is only one Baccarat Hotel, which opened in Manhattan in 2015. The 5-star hotel also includes residences in the 50-story building, which features a stunning, 55-foot-long swimming pool and the first La Mer spa in the United States.
The atmosphere is sophisticated without being cold, sumptuous without falling down. A triumph of light, rainbow reflections, a profusion of crystal objects reproduction of historical series (Maison was born in 1764 by Louis XV’s will) or the result of collaboration with contemporary designers, from the scenic chandelier worth an estimated $1 million. For the rest light colors, linear simplicity and extraordinary bouquet of scarlet roses.
The afternoon tea is a small, narrow-cut ritual, where Louis XIII lovers can enjoy in pure or cocktail version of the Sidecar Royal served in the Baccarat’s signature 24-karat-gold-painted Harcourt glass and garnished with gold leaf.
The cocktail is a blend of two exquisite cognacs – decadent Rémy Martin Louis XIII and Grand Marnier Quintessence, and accented only by a squeeze of lemon juice. If you want to try it, you need $450.