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20 March 2015

HOK-Designed Rarities Lounge at Lotte New York Palace Appears in The New York Times

New York Palace Rarities

The New York Times featured Rarities, an elegant lounge at Lotte New York Palace, in an article about reviving the Gilded Age in New York City.

“Much of the ‘brownstone palazzo’ gleaming with Italian marble is reserved for private events, but mortals can savor the Olympian ambience at Rarities, a by-reservation-only bar, where it still feels like Villard could be cutting million-dollar deals over Cognac and cigars.

“An ornate portal off the lobby opens into a cocoon of exclusive taste and sepulchral quiet, the walls lined with plush velvet wallpaper of arterial purple and brooding oil paintings behind golden frames. Only 25 guests at any time are permitted to sink into the butter-soft armchairs, which are framed by vitrines displaying aged bourbons. For today’s masters of the universe, the cellar includes genuine Gilded Age wines.”

The New York Times