Rare Bar & Grill (Chelsea)

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Rare Bar & Grill (Chelsea) Rare Bar & Grill in Chelsea, New York is a trendy bar with great grub & even better views. Enjoy the cityscape with your artisan burger with Party Earth. New York United States 40.74568 -73.993778
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Rare Bar & Grill (Chelsea) - Hotel Bar | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Chelsea’s Rare Bar & Grill serves much the same purpose as its Murray Hill predecessor: putting a lux spin on typical diner fare and topping it all off with one helluva city view. Located inside the Hilton Fashion District... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    1, 2, F, M: 23rd Street / 6th Avenue; 1, 2: 28th Street / 7th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-807-7273

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  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–W 6:30am–11pm, Th–F 6:30am–midnight, Sa 7:30am–midnight, Su 7:30am–11pm
    Kitchen temporarily closes daily from 10:30–11:30am, as well as 2:30–5:30pm M–F and 4–5:30pm Sa–Su
    Rooftop: Daily 4:30pm–midnight, closing time varies based on crowd

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rare Bar & Grill (Chelsea) Review

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Rare Bar & Grill in Chelsea, New York is a trendy bar with great grub & even better views. Enjoy the cityscape with your artisan burger with Party Earth.

Chelsea’s Rare Bar & Grill serves much the same purpose as its Murray Hill predecessor: putting a lux spin on typical diner fare and topping it all off with one helluva city view.

Located inside the Hilton Fashion District Hotel, the venue transports guests on its ground floor from the bustling garment district to a swanky, upscale lounge with dark wood and deep red furnishings.

Young sales assistants from neighboring designer showrooms join fashionistas at the long polished bar to sip rum and passion fruit, as hotel guests and successful local bros polish off artisan burgers and tequila-flambéd T-bones while they catch the game.

The real highlight, however, is the covered rooftop space, which offers patrons panoramic vistas of the Empire State Building and beyond and the same tasty booze served downstairs.

Cozy twofers and indoor/outdoor furniture offer groups the chance to chill in the open air and still keep an eye on the bar’s flat-screens, while stylish young couples fill the dark chairs and pass the time with Vodka Thymes and Kumquat Punch.

DJs usually turn things up a notch by 7:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays, just when the Charlotte Olympia-heeled ladies start to get tipsy and gush over the cityscape or the guys who just walked in.

A place that can satisfy football seekers, romantic daters, and packs of pre-gamers before they head to a nearby club, Rare Bar & Grill is a rare spot indeed.

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Tip from Lucas:

The rooftop has an open bar package for $95 for two hours or $115 for three, which includes your choice of five hors d’oeuvres. You can also bypass the grub altogether and just stick to drinking, which will run you $65 for two hours and $75 for three.

  • Crowd

    Trendy hotel guests, area design and fashion industry folks, successful sports fans, couples, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mostly Top 40 from 7:30pm–close Th–Sa.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Amped up grill fare includes lollipop wings, fresh-ground rib-eye burgers, and steaks.

    Reservations accepted.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6.50–$12.50, salads $14–$17, entrées $9.50–$28.

    Beer $6–$12, wine $8–$12/glass or $32–$48+/bottle, cocktails $14, whiskey and spirits $12–$45, champagne $10/glass or $40–$325/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to trendy: blazers, jeans, nice t-shirts, button-downs, leggings, designer skirts, with trendier wear on the pre-club crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day or night to catch the view, or Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest pre-club crowds.

  • Close By

    The Ainsworth (122 West 26th Street) is a trendy sports bar/gastropub located on the same block.

Rare Bar & Grill (Chelsea) User Reviews

Average rating:
Don't forget to check out the rooftop bar
Jimmy D. Oct 26, 2012
Great burgers and lite fare on the ground floor and one of the better rooftop views up top. I've gone to just grab a bite at times and at others I've bypassed the restaurant to grab drinks on the roof. Great views of the Empire State Building, lounging areas and a nice bar with a couple tv's for some sports viewing if interested. Not a far walk from Madison square garden if you are looking for some good food or drinks before or after a game
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