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Bemelmans Bar

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Upper East Side
American, Bar
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35 East 76th St, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-744-1600
Today
12:00 - 00:30
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 - 00:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A friend of mine and I recently got drinks at Bemelmans to briefly escape one of those bitingly cold nights in NY where walking around is not ideal. Being that it is connected with the Carlyle, we expected a classy bar, but had no idea that it would also feel so cozy! The space is very intimate, decked out in... More 

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Thank Khloe S
Porto
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ludwig Bemelmans, Writer of the childrens Madeline book, "payed" is stay at the hotel Carlyle by painting the walls of this small and lovely wine bar. The drawings are wonderful.

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Thank Filipa F
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been in winter and in summer and I must say that winter is my favorite season at Bemelman's. And not just because as the snow blankets Central Park mere yards away, the mural's winter scenes echo that same charm. A warm room with warm lighting and all you want to do is drink whiskey while the piano man plays.... More 

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Thank RBarnhart
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well it looked great and was pretty busy but pretty average food and definitely New York prices. Waiter was a bit brusque too. My steak was good but not great.

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Thank Jim_Parle
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very excited to visit such a famous bar, my expectations were high, sadly it was a disappointment . The Bar is too small for the amount of visitors, the manager was rude to us when we asked for a table. First he told us there was a list so we asked him to be included on the list... More 

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Thank Lourdes S
Palm Desert, CA USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made or visit to Bemelmans like on every trip to NYC last night, and.were not disappointed. All is the same, with the busy bar, great piano player and absolutely one of,a kind atmosphere. The place was absolutely jammed, three deep at the bar. Like nowhere else in this wonderful city or anywhere else.

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Uvalde, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have visited the bemelmans for decades. It is usually crowded with live music but its small dance flloor has disappeared. The music is always good and it is worth the cover charge to have drinks in this chic room of whimsical murals.

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Thank edkiii
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in to Bemelmans for a late lunch and drinks on a Saturday afternoon. There was a Madeline Tea going on so we opted not to sit in the bar, but the outer rooms were lovely and cozy. My husband ordered a Cobb salad and I had the cheese plate, both were wonderful and the Manhattan I ordered was... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This charming (tiny, crowded, noisy) fantastic space is a NYC legend with wall murals by Bemelman. A treat, a delight, a treasure!

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Thank Betty M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Located in Carlyle Hotel in the upper east side, it is a lovely bar. We went for 1 cocktail and stayed for 7. Cocktails are very strong but delicious, especially the ones which come with a side car.

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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
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 East 76th St, New York City, NY 10021
  • 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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