Opened in late September, Trouble’s Trust is as elegant as a hotel bar can be, tucked under the grand staircase of the New York Palace‘s ornate lobby.
The Story: When Leona Helmsley, original owner of the New York Palace, passed away in 2007, she left behind billions — including $12 million entrusted to her Maltese dog, Trouble. (Canine trust funds: definitely for the 1 percent.) The hotel’s new bar, constructed in a recent $140 million renovation, is named in their honor.
The Look: One part old Gotham, one part modern New York, Trouble’s Trust has red lacquered walls and a floor-to-ceiling wine display; its long, curving metal bar dominates the space, while rich leather booths are set off for small groups.
The Drinks: Cocktails pay homage to New York, both in name and in spirits — Owney’s rum and Seneca Drum gin are just two of the liquors prominently featured that are made in New York state. They come together in original drinks like the New York Phoenix — a Manhattan variation with McKenzie rye, Uncouth vermouth (both NY-made), Byrrh, lime and cardamom bitters — or in classics, from the Bronx Cocktail to the Martinez.
The Scene: With its chic hotel setting and eye-popping cocktail prices, Trouble’s Trust is a place for the well-heeled, whether after-hours Midtown suits or visitors in need of a Negroni after an exhausting afternoon at Bergdorf.
At the New York Palace
455 Madison Ave.