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Forty Four at Royalton

Bars, Lounges Midtown West
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
44 at the Royalton
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson 44 at the Royalton

This glam lobby lounge is one of midtown’s finest spots to bend an elbow. The luxe interior is matched by a smartly curated drink menu, tended to by the Cocktail Collective—an all-star squad of booze slingers, plucked from the country’s best bars. Choose from “Classics” inspired by the grand hotels of yesteryear—like the superbly balanced rye-and-cognac–based Vieux Carre, served with a hulking rock of ice—and “Originals” that showcase riffs on traditional quaffs. Among the latter, we liked the Stone Place, a twist on the Ward 8 featuring rich aged Jamaican rum shaken with house-made grenadine and freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices. Once you sink into a leather armchair and sip one near the blazing fireplace, it’s dangerously easy to forget about the bill waiting for you when you’re done.


Venue name: Forty Four at Royalton
Address: 44 W 44th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon 7am–10pm, Tue–Fri 7am–1am, Sat 8am–1am, Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park
Price: Average drink: $16. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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4.3 / 5

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This dark swanky mod hotel bar is ideal if you want to impress but not intimidate. Impress with an impressive cocktail and some bar fare that actually taste good, don't sleep on the sliders.

Staff Writer

Instant escape from the blandness of midtown bars. Essentially a hotel lobby bar, but you really don't feel it in fairness. Subtle lighting, elegant interior, superb cocktails. In winter the fireplaces bring out the best in an Old Fashioned.

The Royalton is a great little hotel with tons of comfortable and stylish seating in the lobby/restaurant. I've come here more than once to work, meet clients and enjoy the restaurant. One drawback is the staff can't serve the front part of the lobby until a certain time but it's probably a union thing. No quick eats on the menu but decent drinks for sure. Love any Ian S. Property anyway.