The five-star hotel is home to the iconic King Cole Bar, which claims to have invented the Bloody Mary cocktail. To get to the bar, I passed by the hotel's fine dining restaurant, Astor Court, but the bar also has a separate street entrance on 55th Street, down the block from the main entrance of the hotel. New York City is full of cocktail bars, but only one can lay claim to inventing the Bloody Mary , as well as hosting an array of celebrities over the years that include Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and Joe DiMaggio. Then there's the Shogun Mary, which puts a twist on the classic Bloody Mary by using both vodka and gin, as well as soy sauce and wasabi powder. The ultra-exclusive Table 55 , tucked away in a private corner of the lounge, offers guest access to a secret seasonal six-course tasting menu and an exclusive menu of rare wines and whiskeys that can't be bought anywhere else at the hotel. And the Maryterranean adds olive oil and fresh basil and oregano.
Rosemary. Age: 20.
It was crisp and refreshing, but I didn't feel there was anything particularly special or creative about it.
Georgia. Age: 29.
Regis, for another of his hotels, The Knickerbocker. But if top-shelf cocktails are what you want, you might want to look elsewhere. It was crisp and refreshing, but I didn't feel there was anything particularly special or creative about it.