What better way to make your NYC debut than with the hottest cocktail lounge in Midtown?
Leave it to the famed Chicago-based, Alinea Group to shake things up in Columbus Circle, which has long been home to Michelin-star kings like Thomas Keller and Jean-Georges. As they get ready to open the NY outpost of The Aviary, New Yorkers can experience the ultra-luxe speakeasy, The Office.
The highly-anticipated, 44-seat bar on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental is designed specifically for conversation; ideal for both cocktails with co-workers and dates alike.
While The Aviary will be a nod to the future, The Office is a love letter to the past. Once The Aviary opens its doors, diners will have to walk through the kitchen to get to the intimate, hidden speakeasy; a neat juxtaposition of the two separate venues.
Expertly described by Eater as a ‘tasteful wealthy man’s study,’ the high-ceilinged, dark wood and leather haven was inspired by old New York bars and gentlemen’s clubs. Sitting pretty on the 35th floor, LED lights in the windows were made to mimic the sun as it sets.
Michelin-star Chef Grant Achatz, his partner Nick Kokonas, and Beverage Director Micah Melton are showcasing traditional drinks and small plates at The Office. Just like the Chicago original, rare and vintage spirits are the star here, and according to Melton, they’re a huge hit with Manhattan bigwigs.
The decadent a la carte menu features classic favorites like prime ribeye tartare ($40), a spread of jamón ibérico ($64), and of course, lots of caviar. For a sample of it all, Chef Achatz is also cooking up a tasting menu complete with 7-9 courses and cocktail pairings ($265).
To secure a table, The Office requires a $20 per person deposit for up to 4 guests that will be applied to your final bill. Reservations are highly recommended, as walk-ins are not guaranteed a table.
This is old-school luxury at its finest.