Life Begins At Forty / Hg2 MUST-VISIT

Largely credited as starting the boutique hotel craze when it opened in 1988, The Royalton is still one of the most fabulous places to catch 40 winks in the city that, on the whole, never sleeps. And now the New York property has added even more cool to its cachet with stylish new cocktail bar Forty Four; found on the ground floor in the space formerly occupied by Brasserie 44, the brand new bar is all about dark wooden furniture, sumptuous leather upholstery, gleaming metal accents and the kind of clever lighting that would bask even the ugliest mug in a radiant glow. What makes the watering hole even more interesting is that it’s the brainchild of the somewhat ominously-named Cocktail Collective, a group of America’s leading mixologists who have come together specifically to reinvent the Royalton’s drinking credentials; included in the collective is Richard Boccato from Dutch Kills in New York, Misty Kalkofen from Drink in Boston, John Lermayer from Florida Room in Miami, Eric Alperin from Varnish in Los Angeles and cocktail consultants Simon Ford and Willy Shine. Together they have created a modern cocktail list accompanied by a menu of innovative sharing plates, as well as a ‘punch’ menu designed to do away with ‘passé’ bottle service. While the drinks certainly aren’t cheap at $15 a pop, at least at Forty Four you know what you’re paying for; style and substance by the ice bucket-load.
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