When visiting The St. Regis New York, a stop at the legendary King Cole Bar is a must. But get there early: Seats at this lively, intimate spot go fast. It’s where the Red Snapper cocktail — better known as the Bloody Mary — was popularized. The cozy room is darkly lit to showcase the Maxfield Parrish art nouveau mural titled Old King Cole, which seems to glow from within. The mischievous scene depicted in this painting sets the tone for the iconic bar, whose list of celebrity patrons has included John Lennon, Stanley Tucci, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio. Order a cocktail and plan to stay a while; King Cole Bar offers some of the best people-watching in New York City. For a full meal, head to the hotel’s Astor Court. Prepare to enjoy the view; instead of looking outside at the city streets, you’ll admire the ceiling. There, you’ll see Old World glamour with crystal chandeliers, gilt trim and art nouveau paintings. As the lavish attention to detail shows, dining at The Astor Court and King Cole Bar is about more than just the food — it’s about the ambiance, the tradition and the charm of a time gone by.

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