Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street
New York, NY 10023
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)
Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7
Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15
New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater. Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.
Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar. The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs. Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe. In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway. Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.
Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it), while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.
Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers. Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.
Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice. It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.
Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.
Beacon Bar is open every day of the week. For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.
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