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The Palace Concludes Its Renovations with a 'Rare' New Bar

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February 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

They've been at it for a while, but The New York Palace is finally finishing up its $140 million renovation project that began last spring.

After the lobby, the new Trouble's Trust bar, and the rooms, the final reveal is Rarities, an intimate 25-seat, reservations-only, salon located in the famed Villard Mansion.

As one might expect of such a storied venue, the menu at Rarities is upscale, featuring Champagnes, Prohibition-style bottled spirits, modern classics and a connoisseur’s wine cellar that includes such "rarities" as the $485 a glass Fladgate Scion 1855 Vintage Port; the $27,000 a bottle 1985 Romanee-Conti Grand Cru. A collection of rare scotches are displayed in a dramatic, illuminated glass vitrine.

Working with the New York design firm of HOK, the hotel re-upholstered the walls, installed new carpets, and added period-inspired furniture, ambient lighting, antiques and artwork to complement the historic elements such as the original fireplace and stained glass window. Very vintage gentlemen's club, no? Shades of the Bowery Hotel we think.

If you indulge in an ungentlemanly manner and wind up needing a room to sleep it off, rates at the New York palace start at $229.

[Photo: New York Palace]

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