Bemelmans Bar (at the Carlyle Hotel)

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Don Riddle
Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel
Lenox Hill

Swathed in whimsical murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, this intimate Carlyle Hotel bar is the epitome of classic Upper East Side elegance and chic. A live pianist plays Great American Songbook standards every night.

Venue name: Bemelmans Bar (at the Carlyle Hotel)
Address: 35 E 76th St
New York

Cross street: at Madison Ave
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
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In search of a watering hole with plenty of atmosphere, taste and that old New York style of casual sophistication? Look no further than this dimly lit bar adjacent to the majestic Carlyle hotel. Bemelmans takes its name from the prolific novelist and children’s book author Ludwig Bemelmans (1898–1962), who covered the bar’s walls in his signature fantastical drawings (an elephant ice skating in Central Park, dogs having a picnic, that sort of thing). The waiters are highly professional and nattily attired in uniforms; there is a bottomless serving dish of nuts, cheesy crackers and potato chips; and often there’s a silken-fingered pianist plying his trade. Oh, yes, and cocktails. The martini is top-shelf and packs a punch. The Old Cuban is perfect if you’ve ducked in from a hot summer day. Or any season, really. The burger sliders and fries will help you cushion the booze. None of this is cheap, but if you’re fine with spending a $150 or more on some drinks and a bite, you won’t regret it.