Rachel Bowie

Correspondent

  • New York City, New York, USA

Rachel Bowie is a correspondent who lives in New York City and covers hotels, restaurants, spas and luxury travel trends for Forbes Travel Guide. Bowie is a writer, editor and blogger and has previously worked as an associate editor for Boston Common and edited its travel, entertainment and philanthropy sections. She has also written for Gotham, Hamptons and Parent & Child, among other publications. Bowie received her master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College and earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is currently on the executive board for New York Women in Communications.

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  • On December 18, 2012
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    What’s the story behind the Old King Cole mural at King Cole Bar?

    The luminous Maxfield Parrish mural Old King Cole — the centerpiece of the King Cole Bar — was commissioned by Colonel John Jacob Astor in 1906 for his 42nd Street hotel, The Knickerbocker. It cost $5,000, which was a great deal of money at the time. The 30-foot-long mural didn’t last long at The Knickerbocker — the hotel closed not long after it opened. Astor perished on the Titanic and his once-spectacular hotel was turned into an office building in the 1920s. After a few additional stops, the mural found its place in The St. Regis New York inside the King Cole Bar in 1932, becoming the focal point of the cozy and elegant room. In 2007, the mural, which is made up of three panels, was completely restored following a $100,000 cleaning designed to keep the painting intact for decades to come. The story goes that the Old King Cole mural contains a famous secret that must be coaxed out of the St. Regis bartenders. Make sure to ask next time you’re in for a drink.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What is in the Red Snapper at King Cole Bar?

    The Red Snapper, the famous cocktail perfected at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York, is actually a very straightforward and simple drink. The cocktail starts with the signature Bloody Mary mix. The base is tomato juice spiked with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, celery salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bartenders will add your favorite premium vodka and mix by rolling the tomato, spirit and ice back and forth between two silver cocktail shakers. They might place a garnish like a celery stalk on the side, but don’t expect to see capers, bacon, pickled green beans or any other newfangled additions here. They will happily, however, make your Bloody Mary with gin if you prefer. The satisfying — and spicy —cocktail goes down smooth, a tribute to the original that bartender Fernand Petiot mixed up in 1934. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose from five other Red Snapper blends on the cocktail menu, all signature drinks at St. Regis hotel locations around the world.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What are desserts like at King Cole Bar?

    The desserts at the King Cole Bar are as traditional and satisfying as the ambiance. The apple cobbler features an almond crumble topping and a little scoop of sour cream sorbet on the side.  Other options to try: the classic French cake known as a crousti fondant; here its decadent chocolate is offset by a praline mousse and passion fruit granité. We also like the take on the Italian dessert tiramisu, with ladyfingers soaked in espresso. Here, the dessert features coffee cream and panna cotta, which is a creamy vanilla gelatin. Finally, you may find it hard to resist the strawberry sable, the classic French butter cookie served with strawberry jam and vanilla cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a range of options, each one priced at $15.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What is the bar food menu like at King Cole Bar?

    The bar food menu at the King Cole Bar in New York City’s St. Regis New York offers a range of options. If you’re looking for a small bite, opt for tuna tartare, the crostini or the Mediterranean plate. Prices for small bites range from $19 to 32. For something heartier, choose from the King Cole Bar Classics. The menu items featured here are classic for a reason: they’re great. We loved the French onion soup, topped with crouton and gruyere cheese, but the Cobb salad, served with either lump crabmeat or grilled chicken or the King Cole burger are also excellent options to order. Prices for classics range from $16 to 38. Last, if you have a sweet tooth, try one of the desserts, which are all priced at $15. We liked the chocolate mousse trio, the caramel dome with a vanilla center and raspberry sorbet, and the apple cobbler. 
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What Red Snapper blends are available at King Cole Bar?

    The Red Snapper was perfected and popularized at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar in 1934. Since, it’s inspired many variations by other St. Regis bartenders around the world. The bar offers what it calls a World Collection of St. Regis Signature Bloody Mary Blends, all variations on the original recipe created by bartender Fernand Petiot. You’ll find six different blends that start with the St. Regis Bloody Mary mix and add spirits and spices that carry the flavor of their locale. The Red Snapper (from The St. Regis New York) features Belvedere vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice and spices. The Bloody Smoke from the Lanesborough in London features Springbank 10-year-old scotch and Clamato juice along with garnishes of celery, olives and cracked black pepper. Harry’s Texas Bloody Mary from the St. Regis Houston comes with Herradura silver tequila as well as and vodka and a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning. The Capitol Mary from the St. Regis Washington, D.C. is made with gin, and flavored with Old Bay seasoning and clam juice, and garnished with oyster crackers. The Agave Maria from the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Southern California is spiked with Inocente tequila and green jalapeño peppers. Finally, there’s the Mary Terranean from the St. Regis Grand Hotel in Rome. This cocktail is made with Frïs vodka, the St. Regis Bloody Mary mix, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and oregano. In case you’re interested in making a variation on the original Bloody Mary at home, the St. Regis website shares recipes for many creative takes on the famous cocktail from properties around the world.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    Does The Astor Court serve brunch?

    Sundays are special at The Astor Court, because that’s when the elegant restaurant in The St. Regis New York serves brunch. Sunday brunch at The Astor Court is an occasion for both hotel guests and New York City locals, too. Sunday brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m., which means you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in. It’s the perfect spot to indulge in a Bloody Mary — referred to as the Red Snapper here. Bartender Fernand Petiot perfected the drink at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar in the 1930s.  You’ll find a range of the classics on the brunch menu at The Astor Court. Think Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs tartine, eggs Benedict — whatever dish you decide on, we’re certain you’ll enjoy.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What is the scene like at The Astor Court?

    As the main restaurant in a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, The Astor Court in The St. Regis New York attracts an international clientele. You’ll see a mix of regulars and hotel guests at the restaurant just off the main lobby, all just looking for a good meal. You might see businessmen conducting breakfast meetings, ladies lunching or hotel guests having dinner. We noticed several patrons dining alone—this spot lends itself well to that. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite or to come in with a small group. The Astor Court manages to maintain a quiet hum, the gentle murmur of conversations among friends and family. Expect impeccable service and style — there’s an old-school charm that exists in The Astor Court and the nearby King Cole Bar.
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    Does The Astor Court have a kids’ menu?

    Since it’s set inside The St. Regis New York, The Astor Court caters to diners of all tastes and ages. If you’re dining with kids at the art nouveau inspired hotel dining room, just request the special children’s’ menu. It was designed with young palates in mind and features all sorts of dishes that will tempt the most particular eaters. Think choices like macaroni and cheese, mini burgers, and chicken fingers, all available in kid-friendly sizes and presentations. Kids will enjoy the hustle and bustle of the lobby restaurant and a fine dining experience with Limoges china and Waterford Crystal that they can make their own.
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    What are the desserts like at The Astor Court?

    Desserts at The Astor Court in The St. Regis New York are just as decadent and luxurious as the rest of the experience at this Midtown Manhattan hotel. The à la carte dessert menu at The Astor Court changes seasonally, but always includes confections inspired by classic French and American pastry. If you enjoy fruit-based desserts, then try the apple cobbler with almond crumble topping and sour cream sorbet or the banana parfait layered with milk chocolate mousse and dark rum cream. Chocolate lovers might be tempted by the caramel chocolate dome with a vanilla center and tangy raspberry sorbet or the chocolate crousti fondant, a French cake paired with praline mousse and passion fruit granité. Or opt for the selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets, the perfect palate-cleanser after your meal. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here at The Astor Court.
  • On December 18, 2012
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    What is the menu like at The Astor Court?

    The menu at The Astor Court in The St. Regis New York is a mix of international and American fare, featuring dishes created with the best seasonal ingredients. The menu features a selection of St. Regis classics, main courses, and appetizers. Expect to see a range of dishes like housemade ravioli filled with sheep’s milk ricotta and fava beans pasta, Caesar salad or tuna tartare or more American fare like grilled sirloin steak and the King Cole burger. Or indulge in The Astor Court’s afternoon tea, a traditional English affair with finger sandwiches and warm scones with clotted cream. If you’re there for tea Wednesday through Sunday, you’ll enjoy live harpsichord music.
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    What is the price range for a meal at The Astor Court?

    The Astor Court is the main restaurant in the luxurious St. Regis New York, and the prices reflect the locale in Midtown Manhattan. The price range of a meal at The Astor Court varies based on what you order. Appetizers, which include Caesar salad and tuna tartare, range from $18 to $22. The main courses, such as gnocchi or a grilled sirloin steak cost between $28 and $39. You can also choose from a range of St. Regis Classics, more casual choices priced from $16 to $38 including the King Cole burger, served with house-cured pickles, coleslaw and French fries, or the croque monsieur. If you’d prefer to opt for the prix fixe menu available at lunch or dinner choose between two options: a two-course meal for $40 and the three-course menu for $50. Desserts are offered à la carte, priced at $15 each.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    Is Koi SoHo a romantic restaurant?

    Koi SoHo is designed for romance. Spend the day out and about in Soho, one of New York’s most charming and stylish neighborhoods, and return to Trump SoHo New York for dinner at Koi. Grab a seat at the bar and order a signature cocktail and a light bite with your date, or opt for a table. The booths offer the perfect setup for leaning in close, while the tables lining the perimeter of the room promise privacy and ambiance, too. The best part? The soft lighting and the attentive service. Expect your waiter to take excellent care of you and your date while you sample a range of Japanese-inspired dishes, perfectly designed to be shared.