When your kid brother ups the ante, you’ve obviously got to rise to the occasion. So with the Dream Downtown having become one of the defacto NYC nightlife fabulosity magnets, the Dream New York has taken decisively to the task of becoming the same. First there was the wild new Russian karaoke bar, Jelsomino, opened in April in the basement. Now comes The Bar, an elegantly stylish new lobby bar.
Jody Singleton’s interiors, all cowhide rugs, antiqued mirrors and Chesterfields set against exposed brick, convey a sort of poshie old-school Englishness. But cocktails, courtesy of Williamsburg’s Liquid Lab NYC, are decidedly 21st Century. Italo nibbles can be had from the hotel’s Serafina restaurant.