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King Cole Bar

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American, International, Contemporary
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2 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3103 (55th Street and 5th Avenue)
+1 212-339-6857
07:00 - 23:00
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Newport Beach, California
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280 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a history fan of mixology, an art history lover or just one that appreciates an intimate bar where you can enjoy a quality drink with decent appetizers, then this place is for you. In 1934, the bartender of this bar, Fernand Petiot, created a new drink which he called the Bloody Mary--the name was considered a bit... More 

Thank adalbert3
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The home of the Bloody Marys - amazing to sit in an iconic bar and to have superb Bloody Marys. Service was excellent. Best of the Manhattan.

1 Thank NaomiUSA
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We weren't impressed. The main bar is small, though there is additional seating near the restaurant. The service was slow and rather unfriendly. We each had one very expensive drink ($18+) and didn't bother returning, even though we were staying in the St. Regis.

Fairfax County, Virginia
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111 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Had a lovely afternoon Lunch & Drinks at this little historical gem. Service was excellent and would strongly recommend this quirky piece of history.

1 Thank pmurphy2016
New York City, New York
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85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere and drinks for a price. They claim to be the originator of the Bloody Mary and sold their one millionth Bloody Mary just last night. Definitely worth the tariff for a couple of drinks on a special night out.

1 Thank jmelarkin
Chevy Chase MD, United States
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We wanted to visit this bar primarily to see the King Cole painting by Maxwell Parrish behind the bar and to have a Bloody Mary at the spot where they were invented. Enjoyed it very much! We sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender, who filled us in on the painting's history and inside jokes.

Thank SnowflakeSarah
New York
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I love old hotel bars, and the King Cole is probably the most quintessential of them all. It's a small space, but that simply adds to its quaint and intimate charm. If you go right when they open, you can sit in the middle seat at the bar and gaze up at Maxfield Parish's elegant painting of the king. Ask... More 

Thank Jim H
New York City, New York
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331 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

It doesn't get much better then this. Classic old school New York hotel bar. The service is splendid and the cocktail selection and presentation is top notch.

Thank PW11803
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Absolutely nothing! Maxfield Parrish is one of my favorite artist and having one his painting as a permanent fixture to enjoy anytime is priceless. "In 1934, St. Regis bartender Fernand Petiot, who is said to have experimented with a tomato-vodka drink in Paris in the 1920s, served America's first Bloody Mary to Russian prince Serge Obolensky, for a time married... More 

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watertown, CT
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381 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Some of the reviews are not really wrong, the service can seem a little disinterested and stand-offish. The bartenders are certainly not as bubbly as the ones at my neighborhood bar. But they are quick and professional and I think this is the style of the place. Although aesthetically it looks like the kind of place to spend an afternoon... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
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American, International, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3103
    (55th Street and 5th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 4-5-6 train at 59th street or 6 train at 51st street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-339-6857
This fashionable restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner under exquisite raised ceilings. THE VAULT features Maxfield Parrish's masterpiece and The King Cole mural.

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