Perched on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, the New York Bar makes good on its promise to offer the best view of Tokyo. The interior is a sleek haven of glass and dark wood enlivened by two vibrant Art Deco-inspired paintings on opposite walls. With its ebony chairs and walnut floors, the atmosphere is one of understated sophistication - there's nothing to detract from the stunning cityscape. The bar opens at 5pm, and those who arrive at dusk can watch the skyscrapers of Shinjuku blush a rosy pink before the lights spring to life at night.
The menu features signature cocktails, such as the New York Connection (Y1,900) - an interesting mix of Knob Creek, plum wine, and Coca Cola - and the enticingly named Doyenne du Comice (Y2,100), a winning combination of Grey Goose la poire, fresh apple, and ginger syrup. They also do a very nice classic martini (Y1,600) and a good, old-fashioned Manhattan (although it's not on the menu). The bar boasts the largest selection of American wines in Japan, with around fourteen choices available by the glass (Y1,500-).
The food ranges from dressed-up standards like french fries cooked in duck fat, served with piquant homemade ketchup (Y1,200), to straightforwardly extravagant dishes of Oscietra caviar for two (Y13,000).
The live jazz band starts up at 8pm and keeps swinging until the bar closes at 1am. There is a Y2,750 cover charge at all times.
by Melinda Joe