The Oak Bar

Bars, Lounges Midtown West
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The Plaza’s restored, 102-year-old Oak Bar is a hit with status-hungry locals and thrill-seeking tourists. But for the shrewd New Yorkers who expect a good drink and service to match, the place can’t cut it. A lackluster Cherry Blossom, made with gin, lemon juice, cherry bitters and a brandied cherry, arrived severely undericed and without the promised fruit; the Apricot Sidecar was a one-dimensionally sweet libation dominated by apricot liqueur. At $18 a drink, one should expect something more than a nice view of the park, but the surest way to enjoy the Oak Bar might be by taking in the glorious decor over a glass of water. With ice, please.


Venue name: The Oak Bar
Address: The Plaza Hotel, 10 Central Park South
New York
Cross street: at Fifth Ave
Opening hours: Daily noon–2am
Transport: Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: Average drink: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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