Though it’s name is slightly deceiving—especially taking into consideration its opening date during the holiday season—Holiday Bar has nothing to do with Ol’ Saint Nick, dreidels or mazao for that matter.
It comes from restaurateur Kyle Hotchkiss Carone’s Grand Tour Hospitality, the same team behind NYC’s American Bar, Saint Theo’s and The Lambs Club.
Located on the corner of Downing Street and Sixth Avenue, the bar is actually an ode to the 80s and “quirky Americana.” The venue itself features floor to ceiling windows in addition to an outdoor lounge. According to the press release, guests will be transported to “a golden era in New York when nightlife reigned supreme.”
The dining room’s beige banquettes seat up to 65 people, but diners can also choose take a spot at the travertine bar.
Drawing inspiration from cinematic spaces including Babylon Club (Scarface), the Cell Block nightclub (Cocktail), and Gore Vidal’s Caligula, the design scheme honors “real-life, legendary establishments such as New York nightclub Paradise Garage and Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main.”
Doing away with the “overly complicated signature cocktails,” Simon Sebbah, Grand Tour’s esteemed beverage director, ensures the menu is nostalgic of a time where cocktails weren’t as elaborate and convoluted. Sip on drinks like the “Painkiller” and “Ramos Gin Fizz,” or find something from their martini selection or sake program.
For bites, Chefs Dina Fan and Marc Howard pull from cuisines across Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean, influencing Holiday Bar’s seafood-centric menu.
Mouthwatering appetizers include items like king crab, grilled prawns and Rockfish Soup. But don’t fill up on those because you’ll want to save room for entrees such as Squid Pasta, Fried Porgy, Jerk Chicken or a variety of sushi and sashimi.
Where: 10 Downing Street in the heart of Greenwich Village
When: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm to 11pm and all holidays.