The birthplace of the martini, The Knickerbocker hotel in New York, is a must-visit Advertisement

The birthplace of the martini, The Knickerbocker hotel in New York, is a must-visit

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a regular here

By ELLE team  October 23rd, 2018

Just around the corner from New York’s Bryant Park, The Knickerbocker is a hotel that was once the centre of luxury life in the city. Dubbed the 42nd Street Country Club, this beaux-arts landmark was frequented by the luminaries of the time, from author F. Scott Fitzgerald to American business magnate John D. Rockefeller.

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The living room of the Caruso Suite


The Knickerbocker

A member of The Leading Hotels Of The World (Lhw. com), The Knick is believed by many to be the birthplace of the martini. So, pick one off the cocktail menu at the rooftop bar, St. Cloud, and order the seasonal smallplates while you’re at it. There’s also a raw bar, and the ceviche is particularly good. Try the Spanish mackerel with Persian cucumber and Serrano pepper, and add yuca fries as an accompaniment. Another attraction is Michelin-starred chefrestaurateur Charlie Palmer’s eponymous eatery, which serves classic American dishes.

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The indoor bar area at St. Cloud

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St. Cloud

11a Martini Suite Desk

While the hotel’s refurbishment a few years ago—it resulted in an entirely modern interior—is decidedly different from its historic exterior, there’s still plenty of luxury on the table. Don’t believe us? Check into the opulent 1,200-squarefoot pied-à-terre Caruso Suite and see for yourself.

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The master bathroom of the Caruso Suite
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