New York Palace Unveils Exclusive Lounge Rarities

New York Palace Unveils Exclusive Lounge Rarities
Inspired by historic ‘men's clubs,' this exclusive, reservation-only venue serves a sampling of the world's rarest wines and spirits.

At Rarities, the menu is both eclectic and abundant, with guests enjoying exceptional Champagnes, Prohibition-style bottled spirits, modern classics and a connoisseur's wine cellar. Included on the extensive beverage list are wines almost never seen anywhere else in the world, ranging from the $485 a glass Fladgate Scion 1855 Vintage Port to the $27,000 a bottle 1985 Romanee-Conti Grand Cru.

Access to this exclusive lounge is made through a discreet entrance. One of the salon's most dramatic features is the illuminated, custom-made glass vitrine, showcasing the curated rare scotches. Extending through the center of the landmarked stairwell that connects Rarities with the hotel's other cocktail bar, Tavern on 51, the display is arranged to look like precious jewels, allowing patrons to view each unique bottle and read the attributes of the scotch as they ascend the staircase.

Working with the New York practice of HOK, The New York Palace recently renovated the space, reupholstering the walls, installing new carpets, and adding an eclectic mix of period-inspired furniture, ambient lighting, antiques and artwork to complement the historic elements such as the original fireplace, stained glass window, millwork and ceiling. Inspired by the richness of whiskey, the décor consists of aubergine, burnt red and amber colors combined with the original wood, evoking a sense of timeworn elegance in a regal and rarefied atmosphere.

It is the combination of access and privacy that makes Rarities so unique. Guests may arrange their own private functions or join curated experiences featuring winemakers and master distillers. Rarities will become an extension of one's home, perfect for a quiet drink before and after dinner or a meeting point for hotel guests staying in the upstairs suites.

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