By Terry Trucco
No sooner do we get a new hotel that sets a height record for New York (and North America), than up pops Bar 54 at the new Hyatt Times Square New York, the tallest hotel bar in town. Is it a coincidence that our new mayor is the New York’s tallest ever?
Even in a height-obsessed city a bar on the 54th floor qualifies as up there. Bar 54 crowns this new glass-box hotel like a fedora, its floor-to-ceiling windows bordered by expansive open-air terraces that should be breathtaking if the weather ever warms up. For now the bar, which opened last week, is strictly an indoor affair.
Maybe it was the snow on the ground but the bar reminded me of a chic ski lodge. The elevator delivers you to a long narrow room lined in horizontal wood beams, a 21st-century take on a Mad Men lounge minus the cigarette smoke. You’re greeted by a mixing station, fronted by bar stools. Sofas and club chairs hug the walls by two sets of windows – one facing downtown, the other uptown. And in the middle a communal table seats a dozen. (more…)