It was where Salvador Dalí once held court with his pet ocelot, and it has seated esteemed drinkers from Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio. Now Table 55 at the King Cole Bar (first picture) of the St Regis hotel, New York is open for exclusive booking – the first time a table has been available to book in the bar’s history. Patrons can enjoy whiskies and wines not available to anyone else in the bar, such as Château Petrus 1994, Domaine Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 1985, Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet 1992, Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne 2000, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1975 and Krug Mesnil 1996. In addition, Table 55 (second picture) offers access to off-menu specials, including Wagyu beef carpaccio with truffle essence and a golden osetra caviar service.
The table, bookable for up to five for the evening from 5pm with a minimum spend of $2,500, is named after the hotel’s location, on the corner of 55th Street and 5th Avenue, and food and drink will be served on the bar’s handmade Christofle and Bernardaud settings. The iconic hotel is famous for its butler service, jazz performances and afternoon teas, as well for inventing the Red Snapper cocktail – which came to be known as the Bloody Mary.
“Guests who book Table 55 enjoy the best seat in the house, perched beneath Maxfield Parrish’s Old King Cole Mural,” says Will Rentschler, director of food and beverage for the St Regis. “Table 55 has quickly become one of New York’s most sought-after reservations.”