By Amy Rosner By Amy Rosner | November 11, 2021 | Food & Drink
PUBLIC, Ian Schrager’s game-changing hotel offering luxury for all, today announces the opening of “BAR CHRYSTIE,” a sexy, modern classic cocktail lounge celebrating New York City’s legendary cocktail culture and Hollywood’s glamorous Golden Age of the 1920s.
Paying homage to Bar Hemingway at the Hôtel Ritz Paris and Harry’s Bar in Venice, BAR CHRYSTIE serves fun and theatrically-prepared world-class cocktails that salute barrel-aged, rare, and fine spirits. The property also pours an extensive array of exquisite Champagnes.
Located on the lobby floor of PUBLIC at 215 Chrystie Street, BAR CHRYSTIE is open Wednesday to Saturday, 6 pm to 1 am. It features a sexy, soulful soundtrack inspired by Aaliyah, D’Angelo, and Maxwell, and live vinyl-spinning DJs.
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The cocktail program is the brainchild of Chef John Fraser and Chef Diego Muñoz in collaboration with visionary Master Mixologist Robert Krueger.
“The cocktail program is firmly rooted in the classic mixology canon, with an emphasis on barrel-aged spirits that explore a range of oak origin, level of char, and age of barrel,” says Krueger.
"The drinks have been reimagined with elevated, fresh ingredients, rare and fine spirits, and theatrical presentations that salute performance art. We combine downtown energy and creativity with uptown cosmopolitanism and grace. BAR CHRYSTIE is where urbane flavors balance textural complexity and where magic meets precision.”
Chef Diego Muñoz, who formerly helmed The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ #1 rated Latin American restaurant, Astrid y Gastón, leads the hotel's acclaimed signature restaurant, Popular, with several of his own cocktail creations on the menu.
The duo of chefs has created delectable, internationally-inspired tapas to accompany the refined, bespoke cocktails. The dishes span lighter snacks to tide guests over and more substantial small plates to keep them sated.
BAR CHRYSTIE's stately bar room has been refreshed stylistically, including its bar top framed by grand chandeliers laid on their sides, a standing Baccarat crystal candelabra, and metal orbs. It retains its famous tapestry recreating Diego Rivera’s legendary mural, “Man at the Crossroads.”
“BAR CHRYSTIE is a sophisticated piano bar without the piano, a place to go for an intimate tête-à-tête. It’s a modern version of the real classic cocktail bar with state-of-the-art drinks taking inspiration from around the world,” says Ian Schrager.
“It’s more of a thoughtful, conversational refuge offering a different personality from the other outlets in the hotel, which include Popular, Cantina & Pisco Bar, Lobby Bar, THE ROOF and House of X. BAR CHRYSTIE also serves great food from award-winning Chef Diego Muñoz in collaboration with Chef John Fraser. The bar is for those guests who are ‘adult in spirit’ and channels the eternally youthful verve of the Lower East Side. By bringing together these disparate and contradictory elements, sparks fly and magic happens.”
Photography by: Liz Clayman