The place: Maison Kaiser, Upper East Side
The space: The original
The place: The Champagne Bar and the Rose Club at the Plaza, Midtown
The space: When the Plaza originally opened in 1907, it had a “champagne porch” (like every respectable home), where bubbly was served to a bacchanal crowd of well-heeled Manhattanites. Fast forward 107 years, and the Champagne Bar is reincarnated in the same spot, but with a more subdued daytime crowd. The Champagne Bar is an elegant place to meet for corporate coffee, and a prime spot to break out your laptop between meetings if you’re a mobile CEO. Alternately, the Rose Club, which overlooks the hotel’s Fifth Avenue lobby, fills with hotel guests and casual business meetings by day. Make yourself at home on its deep-red ultra-comfy banquettes and order a $10 coffee and light bite. By night, however, the Rose Club completely transforms into a candlelit space for denizens of neighboring investment banks, consulting firms and hedge funds. Plan on $23 cocktails and caviar if you’re going from daytime coffee to evening drinks.
The complement: The Plaza has perfected the gourmet bar bite, for those with caviar (at $135-plus/ounce) tastes. Trust us, it’s worth it. Also notable is the crispy lobster and goat cheese roll – they had us at crispy lobster. And go ahead and splurge on the homemade potato chips with a trio of dips – crab and truffle, curried eggplant and avocado. Which happen to pair perfectly with champagne.
(Photos courtesy of the Plaza)