History of Café Carlyle

February 11, 2020

History of Café Carlyle at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

Café Carlyle, the New York City pillar of classic cabaret entertainment, continues to draw socialites, politicians and celebrities into its distinguished and glamorous setting. Tucked behind a Madison Avenue doorway, Café Carlyle welcomes its guests into a classic cabaret where incredible talent and music are paired with New York elegance and style.

Originally opened in 1955, Café Carlyle is known for headlining incredible talents in a classic cabaret setting, including Woody Allen, who regularly appears on Monday evenings to play with the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band. For over three decades, Café Carlyle was synonymous with the legendary Bobby Short, who thrilled sell-out crowds for 36 years. His spirit lives on through the music at Café Carlyle. Other legendary musicians such as Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch and Judy Collins have also performed over the years at the famed venue. More recent acts include Alan Cumming, Isaac Mizrahi, Debbie Harry and Rita Wilson.

Seating up to 90 for dinner and a performance, the supper club offers a unique intimate space for guests to feel like they have stepped back in time. It is highlighted by music-themed original murals created by French artist Marcel Vertès, the two-time Oscar-winning art director of the 1952 Moulin Rouge. Vertès was influenced by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the French painter best known for his depictions of the infamous Moulin Rouge in the late 1800’s.

Renowned for its traditional elegance, Café Carlyle infuses modern elements without sacrificing the history and refinement that are hallmarks of The Carlyle. In addition to the whimsical murals, the Café features perimeter banquettes that curve along the edge of the room.

Since composer Richard Rodgers moved in as The Carlyle’s first tenant, music has been an essential part of hotel’s experience. No place is that more evident than in Café Carlyle. A romantic and intimate venue for live entertainment, Café Carlyle continues the tradition of the 1930s supper club.

American Airlines in-flight magazine, American Way, recently included Café Carlyle within their 2018 Platinum List as one of the Top 3 Music Venues in the World.

For the most up-to-date entertainment schedule, please visit Café Carlyle’s dedicated website at www.cafecarlylenewyork.com or follow @cafecarlyle on social media.