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.
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.
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