Tucked among the posh brownstones surrounding Barneys, Bergdorf’s, and Bloomingdale’s is Jacques, the new bar at The Lowell Hotel. Though the space is completely newly built, it has the air of an established neighborhood haunt; a place where hotel guests, visitors, and locals can gather and sip Moroccan-inspired cocktails or the classics and indulge with caviar and blinis after a day walking Fifth Avenue, or split a bottle of Borolo over hamburgers and frites before heading to Shakespeare in the Park. With geometric-patterned marble floors, embossed leather-paneled walls, and low leather chairs – plus an intimate, velvet banquette-lined alcove off the bar accented with Grecian urns and a vintage-style mirrored ceiling – the Michael S. Smith-designed space is a glamorous haven in the middle of Manhattan.
Jacques is part of a three-year reimagining of The Lowell brought about by General Manager Heiko Kuenstle, architect Mark Pinney, designer Michael S. Smith, and restaurateur Charles Masson. Jacques’ Art Deco feel is a nod to the hotel’s 1920s beginning with its metal-framed doors lined with panes of mirror and glass, embossed leather-paneled walls, and Féau & Cie French Oak woodwork.
We highly recommend trying one of their new drinks: Bleu de Majorelle, Marrakesh Express, or a French 75 – or all three! If you do that then you inevitably with have to order the Caviar on Blini or the Croquettes aux Pois Chiches.