New York, NY – The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection announces the opening of The Stayton Room, a new bar concept that pays homage to the property’s Jazz Age history with interior design conceptualized by distinguished New York-based design firm Stonehill Taylor. The “Roaring 20’s-esque” space draws inspiration from the glitz and glamour of New York’s bygone eras, modernized for the 21st century.
Featuring an expertly crafted cocktail menu, The Stayton Room also boasts an innovative Bar Fare menu by Chef Richard Sandoval. The bar’s name is a nod to notable anti-prohibitionist William Stayton, who played a key role in bringing about the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933.
“We are extremely proud of our rich history in New York City, and The Stayton Room is yet another example of our past influencing our future,” said The Lexington Hotel’s Area Managing Director Kaizad Charna. “We noticed a distinct lack of well designed, high-end bars, and we are thrilled to help change the neighborhood culture with The Stayton Room.”
Conveniently located on East 48th Street and situated adjacent to the hotel’s lobby, The Stayton Room invites guests to step back in time to a world of Art Deco luxury, featuring dark wood, plush sofas and intimate lighting. Inspired by the original scalloped crown molding seen throughout the hotel, the stunning centerpiece of The Stayton Room is its bar, displaying a dazzling light fixture that arches across the rosewood tambour-backdrop. The Rosa Fiorentino granite counter wraps around the space, while an inviting drink rail entices guests to enjoy a cocktail and observe the buzz of the lounge and street beyond.
Lighting from Tom Dixon creates an intimate ambiance, while lush velvet booths and chairs, in vibrant jewel tones, draw guests to relax in secluded privacy. Molten copper sconces dot the walls and columns, while geometric brass and orb pendants hang above The Stayton Room’s lobby entrance. The exquisite detailing brings the Prohibition-era aesthetic to life.
“It is exciting to be the lead designer for such an exciting project located in such a vibrant neighborhood of Manhattan,” said Abby Bullard of Stonehill Taylor. “The jeweled tones and elegant design details are meant to be a transformative experience for all guests. Each design element was inspired by the 1920’s jazz age & art deco details of the Lexington Hotel architecture.”
An à propos food and beverage menu tantalizes guests to further immerse themselves in The Stayton Room experience. The craft cocktail menu builds on classic Prohibition era libations and is carefully designed to stay true to the narrative of the space. Specialty libations such as the Hemingway Daiquiri and the French 75 are notable staples on the menu. Complementing these curated cocktails, the Bar Fare menu includes favorites such as Fava Bean Hummus and Peekytoe Crab Toast with Chipotle Aioli. Chef Richard Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach and passion for bringing innovative cuisine and authentic experiences to the world are brought to life at The Stayton Room. His use of inventive culinary techniques and presentations create a sense of place where guests can sip and savor in a luxurious setting. Each plate has been thoughtfully curated to accompany the expansive and inventive craft cocktail program, creating a sensory experience through food and beverage.
“The Stayton Room draws inspiration from its post-prohibition heritage and concocts a unique story with each of its libations,” said The Lexington Hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing, William van Wassenhove. “This curated cocktail menu is accompanied by an attentively composed bar fare menu by Chef Sandoval. The Stayton Room has many stories to share and will do so through sophisticated programing, elegant interpretations and lively entertainment.”
The Stayton Room is open from 4pm to 12am daily. Visitors can enter through The Lexington Hotel’s lobby or The Stayton Room’s private entrance at 140 East 48th Street.