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Bemelmans Bar

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Neighbourhood:
Upper East Side
American, Bar
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35 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021-1827
+1 212-744-1600
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12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 00:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a wonderful place for a cocktail. You feel like you've been thrown back in time, or at least on the set of "Mad Men." Live jazz, attentive service, and great people watching. When you tire of people-watching, the murals are equally entertaining.

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Thank BrigidTravels
Fearrington Village
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drawings on the walls are charming, the cocktails are good and life seems more refined here. Expensive but you get what you pay for. I prefer it in the afternoon when it is less crowded.

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Thank GilAxlander
Connecticut
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714 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in late afternoon after having wanted to see the paintings on the walls for years. It is not in a location I frequent. Classy bar that gets packed despite not being in a high work area. Prices are fairly high even in non live entertainment hours but are very good and come with delicious mixed nuts.

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Thank JillConnecticut
New York City, New York
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1,551 reviews
888 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is the upper east sides great place fir liv music and drinks. Dress up and be a swell in this storied. Location, love going here on special occasions with friends. An amazing spot with dynamite entertainment. Go fir a wonderful time inside the Carlyle hotel

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Thank Allan S
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Really nice complement of snacks, great dessers (we had the cheesecake), friendly jazz performance, nice crowd split between older groups and youngster couples.

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1 Thank whitc09
Westminster, Vermont
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127 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

A great place to relax after a day in the city. It's more than a bar, it's an experience. One of those places on your world bar list to visit like the Ritz or Harry's...

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Thank JacksBack05101
Washingotn DC
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82 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

A glass of your favorite champagne, wine, bitters, cocktails will be the same but the experience can be vastly different. Unlike dining where a chicken is not a chicken and it makes sense to pay for breeding and preparation - drinks are drinks and it makes sense to pay for ambiance. This place transports you to a chic NY circa... More 

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Thank DavidWashingtonDC
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Really nice very upscale bar. Expect to pay up here for a round of drinks. The major negative is that the bartenders are too busy hitting on women to serve you!! Then, they act like you are a peon and they are doing YOU A FAVOR BY SERVING YOU A $20 cocktail!!!

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Thank jaxf9
Massimiliano P, General Manager at Bemelmans Bar, responded to this review

Dear Jaxf9, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so sorry to hear that the service at Bemelmans bar was such a disappointment. Of course we would hope that none of our guests would ever leave feeling this way. Please accept our sincerest apologies and grant us the opportunity to provide you with... More 

north
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I actually first met my husband's parents here, so it's got memories for us. Almost 40 years later we love to meet here after work for one of the best (and most expensive) Martinis in town. Chase it down with a Cobb Salad and you're good to go!

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Thank expatm0m
Switzerland
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266 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is one of the best cocktails I had in New York, authentic place, very busy but warm and cosy atmosphere, very professional and friendly service. So comfortable, you can't have only one drink!

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1 Thank Marion L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:30
Thursday
12:00 - 00:30
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021-1827
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-744-1600

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Upper East Side
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