Bemelmans Bar logo 3   Bemelmans Bar (Piano Lounge)
   Madison Avenue & E 76th Street (The Carlyle Hotel)
   212 – 570 7184 /

   Best remembered as the creator of the classic Madeline books for children, Ludwig  Bemelmans once joked he'd like his tombstone to read: "Tell Them It Was Wonderful." Well, wonderful it was, and still is at Bemelmans Bar. Named in honor of the legendary artist, Bemelmans is a timeless New York watering hole that has drawn socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades.

   Restored in 2002 by designer Thierry Despont, the bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling. Featuring the only surviving Bemelmans' commission open to the public, the bar combines wit and coziness in unique New York style.Top artists and trios like Dave Budway, Tony DeSare and Earl Rose alternate and perform into the wee small hours (call for schedule.) and alternate with popular Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso (on Sunday nights.) A haven for the elite, you'll be very comfortable and welcome in such lush ambience. 

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Caruso - Stritch Bemelmans

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