The martini lunch is making its grand return thanks to The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel’s new restaurant, Dowling’s. The midday drink special is just part of what is set to make the space an intrical part of New York’s fabric.
Located on the 76th St side of the iconic Madison Avenue hotel, Dowling’s looks to evoke 1930s and 40s glamour with dark wood-paneled walls, a grand chandelier, and an impressive collection of art. Creative director William Paley selected all of the pieces, which include five recently acquired Ludwig Bemelmans prints and paintings from local New York artists, such as abstract work by Federico de Francesco.
Dowling’s brings old world beauty back to Madison Avenue in every way, but it’s the martini lunch that’s the icing on top. While it isn’t the giant boozy concoction of yesteryear, the bar’s mini-martini perfectly fits the modern ethos. It allows you to get all of the fun of the Upper East Side’s heyday, without the need for a post lunch nap.
The cocktail menu features an impressive array of old school cocktails, from the previously mentioned martini to Manhattans, negronis, and more. The 30-plus page wine list, meanwhile, provides visitors with options from across the globe.
The food is equally impressive. Helmed by chef Sylvain Delpique, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is filled with European-style decadence–think croque monsieur, steak tartare, truffle eggs benedict and house-smoked salmon.
The opening of Dowling’s coincides with the end of The Carlyle’s years-long renovation. The refresh brings with it new suites and guest rooms, and the recently opened fine dining restaurant.
For more information or to make a reservation, head over to the restaurant’s official website.
Elsewhere in NYC, the Waldorf Astoria New York Residences has added four private, residents-only bars to its list of impressive amenities.