Despite what you may think, this blog is not entirely devoted to Yankee fanatic behavior or rants and raves about why Jimmie Johnson is WAY cuter than Carl Edwards and his crazy biceps. No my friends… I actually may provide a bit of insight for your reading pleasure.
Humor me. One night this summer, one of my fantastic friends invited me to see “West Side Story” on Broadway but enticed me even further with a claim of a surprise at the end of the night. Surprise?! Free pic with the Naked Cowboy? Half price margaritas at Dos Caminos? No… better.
After a quick run in 3 inch heels across town in the pouring rain, we arrived at an unmarked, and seemingly abandoned brownstone building with huge oak doors. This place lacked the typical glaring neon signs, traffic, and fried food specials that the Theatre District is often mistaken for which was more than a pleasant surprise. Excited yet? What is this secret den I speak of? None other than… BAR CENTRALE 324 w 26th St http://www.barcentralenyc.com/youfoundus.html, a secret lounge/bar mysteriously tucked away for only those who seek refuge from the 8 trillion fanny-pack wearin’ tourists of Times Square which lie just a few feet away…
We stepped behind a heavy purple velvet drape to find a hidden spot , stuck in the 1920’s, serving small plates such as Olive Tapanade, Tuna Tartare, and other delectable goodies. As we settled into our surroundings, we noticed a few characters at the bar, one curiously authentic bartender (the bow-tie did it for me,) a few business types and some guy who my friend insists to this day was Don Johnson. It wasn’t. 🙂
As I turn around to fight my case against her crazy claim, I find I am staring at Anderson Cooper, fresh off of his evening broadcast, looking as if he stepped off of the set of a Banana Republic ad. (Chinos and a tee, come on he could have done better.) After I stopped drooling, I ordered a Prosecco and proceeded to fall in love with this place and everyone in it. Prosecco, CNN correspondents and Miami Vice look-alikes? Need I say more? Oh, btw, they have a fancy bathroom. Girls appreciate that.
I could go on and on.. but, I give this place 3 stars for not only the generous service, cool celeb factor, and mysterious veil of secrecy, (i’m telling you, you’re not going to find it) but for the fact that it made me feel like I was one of those cool celebrities fresh off of my own television show… So, if you manage to find the damn place, let me know… i’ll try to meet you there for a drink. 😉