Crown (New York City, NY, USA)

While wandering the streets of Upper East Side for some happy hour options, me and my friend stumbled upon Crown.  A restaurant with a bar upstairs located in a seemingly residential area, we carefully wandered in a side door to find a bar with romantic lighting and beautiful wooden interiors.  While I can't speak for their food, which seems to have mixed reviews, I can say that their bar service was delightful.  Online, reviewers have said that they have a happy hour, but as of September 2014, this was not true.  This left me and my friend conflicted since we both obviously were intrigued by this place, but we didn't have many afternoons to happy hour away in New York!

The guy at the front politely went to the back to ask if they had happy hour, and the bartender's apparent response was "We don't have happy hour but we can give you a happy hour."  We obviously decided to stay, and each had a drink.  My friend had the Watermelon Gimlet (12), which she enjoyed (especially the cracked pepper), and I had the Star Anise Negroni (12).  While I was hesitant on the star anise at first, Mariano, our bartender, convinced me otherwise.  I was pleasantly surprised, and even prefer this version to many regular negronis I've had!  The cocktails were made with care, and were graciously complimented with some bread and olive oil.  The drinks were strong, otherwise we would've gone for a second round, and we definitely would have stayed for another drink if we weren't on a tight schedule.  Oh, and Mariano did end up giving us a happy hour!

Crown is definitely a gem in the city away from the bustle of the city, and I would return next time I'm in New York!  While I really can't speak for their food, I can say that the presentation of their food had me eyeing others' dishes while there.

Price: $$$
Rating: 4.5/5

24E & 81st St.
New York, NY 10028
#: (646) 559-4880
Crown on Urbanspoon


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