Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Ralph Lauren restaurant debuts in Big Apple

Ralph Lauren has launched its The Polo Bar, his first restaurant in New York City in the US. 

The Polo Bar, which opened on January 9, is located next door to the new Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store at Fifth Avenue and East 55th Street. 

Inspired by classic New York establishments and Ralph Lauren’s love of gathering around the table with family and friends, The Polo Bar offers a casual yet refined setting for food and drink in the heart of New York. 

From the Henry Koehler polo match-inspired mural on the exterior to the saddle leather and equestrian art inside, the restaurant pays homage to the distinguished sporting lifestyle long synonymous with the Ralph Lauren brand. 

Guests first enter the bar, where a selection of cocktails and light fare such as garlic potato chips and a daily assortment of oysters can be enjoyed at the brass-topped bar or a cozy back nook warmed by a fireplace. 

An elegant wooden staircase leads guests downstairs into the main dining room, where aged leather banquettes create intimate dining alcoves, and deep hunter green walls are adorned with carefully curated paintings and photographs. 

Double doors with port windows open into a special private room that provides an intimate dining experience for up to 14. 

The restaurant offers classic American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites. 

“I’m drawn to the kind of food that people truly enjoy - vibrant food that people want to return to time and again,” says Ralph Lauren. 

Seasonal dishes range from a crispy kale salad and crab cakes to a corned beef sandwich, steaks and the signature Polo Bar burger. 

Beef from Ralph Lauren’s Double RL ranch in Colorado will be offered at select times throughout the year. 

The star of the dessert list is Ralph’s coffee ice cream, homemade with Ralph’s custom coffee blend. On the cocktail list, guests can choose from classic drinks and a diverse selection of wines and other fine spirits. 

The restaurant’s staff are outfitted in custom Ralph Lauren grey flannel trousers, leather wingtips and silk repp ties. 

The Polo Bar is Ralph Lauren’s third restaurant, joining RL Restaurant, which opened in 1999 in Chicago, and Ralph’s, which opened in 2010 in Paris. 

In early September 2014, Ralph Lauren also opened Ralph’s Coffee, on the second floor of the Polo flagship store at 711 Fifth Avenue, serving custom coffee blends, sandwiches and sweet treats. 

The US-headquartered Ralph Lauren sells men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, home furnishings, watches and fine jewelry.

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