Old School Sophistication on New York’s Upper East Side

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts · April 1, 2017

Inside The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

The Carlyle’s golden, floodlit tower can be defined as a beacon for New York society. Endowed with an illustrious pedigree that includes heads of states, socialites and stars, the legendary hotel and stunning art-deco achievement evokes tradition and oozes discretion. The understated luxury extends to her drinking and fine-dining sanctuaries, where civility and conviviality meet elegantly, as befits a Grand Dame should.

From visions of jazz crooners sipping martinis to MGM starlets swaying to the beat, Café Carlyle offers urban elegance with more than a dash of old New York glamour.

A virtual cultural institution, Café Carlyle has created the quintessential New York cabaret experience, ever since the late Bobby Short held court at the piano in front of sellout crowds for more than 30 years. Today, regular jazz acts Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Steve Tyrell and John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey.

Tucked into a corner of The Carlyle’s lobby is Bemelmans Bar, an iconic, plush watering hole that combines classic Art Deco and magical whimsy.

Here, Ludwig Bemelmans – famed creator of the classic Madeline books for children – has left his indelible mark with beautiful murals of Central Park, picnicking rabbits and ice-skating elephants. The murals and warm live music exude a quirky counterpoint to the old world sophistication of brown leather banquettes, cinematic lighting and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.

“Tell them it was wonderful!” Bemelmans, on what he wanted to be inscribed on his tombstone

An inspiring menu of libations awaits at Bemelmans Bar, from the perfect Manhattan to the sherry-laden Valencia that dates back to Prohibition. For those who want to up the ante with something strong and adventurous, there’s the awarded Blue-cumber, made with brandy, cucumber juice, a hint of blueberry Stoli and fresh lime. One can also indulge in an array of seasonal creations, such as the Spiced Cranberry Margarita or the Kahlua and espresso-infused Midnight Express during winter.


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