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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lunching at the Oak Bar, on Central Park South

The Oak Room
Photo by myself at the Oak Bar, at the Plaza Hotel.

In New York there are theme bars, jazz bars, underground bars. Bars that specialize in martinis, wine or beer. Above, the Oak Room and Bar is known for its beautiful detail and longevity. It originally opened way back in 1907.

To view the stunning plaster ceiling, it is best to visit during the day. Large, moody murals are inset within the wood paneling on either end of the barroom. The windows look out on the sidewalk along Central Park South.

The Oak Room is a large dining room located to one side of the bar. It is undergoing restorations and was covered with sheets for the time being.

The menus include upscale American fare such as hanger steak, organic 'brick' chicken and ribeye steak. There is also a raw bar selection. For the brunch, dinner and cocktail menus, check out the Oak Room website here.

The Oak Room
A giant banquette is located on one end of the room. There's enough room for you and ten of your friends.

By chance, my friend and fellow New Yorker Ken Mac posted about a downtown bar with a wooden top. You can see his post here.

Related posts: What's in a Name, at Tavern on the Green, Lure Fish Bar, SoHo and Chez Bouley, Tribeca.

12 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est un bar magnifique

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!

kenju said...

I haven't been there in years, but it is still beautiful!

Pierre said...

It looks great. Seem cosy.
In france we only have wine bar :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

another sunny bar & a beautiful one as well. Great shots Kitty.
I suggest you go check out Greenwich Village Daily Photo's post today.

Ken Mac said...

another coinci-dink! You're doing the high today, I am doing the low...

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

how great! this is going to be one of my top 5 posts for the week! just lovely and so vintage...great! Thank you !! :)

lewi14 said...

It must be a marvellously stress-free place. Wonderful! I would like to finish my workday there.

Lou said...

I love places like this. I'm so going there when I come to New York again, which hopefully, will be sometime this year! YAY!

Cloudia said...

Wow, it's been decades - but the place still looks timeless.


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Lori Skoog said...

Classy!

-K- said...

I've always heard about it and now I get to see it. Thanks!