Friday, December 19, 2014

Liquid Gold

Rarities serves some of the finest booze in the world

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Remember the Great Recession? Nope, us neither.
 
At least we don't when we're in Rarities, a new old-school lounge housed in The New York Palace hotel's adjacent Villard Mansion, now serving only top shelf tipple fit for robber barons.
 
And when we say top shelf, we mean the top shelf. We're talking a single glass of Fladgate Scion 1855 Vintage Port that'll run you $485, and bottles of 1985 Romanee-Conti Grand Cru priced at a mere $27,000.
 
It's almost like a museum of fine booze. As you walk up the stairway from the discreet downstairs entrance, you're greeted by towers of glass vitrines showcasing one of the world's finest scotch collections. 
 
The good thing is that you don't need to be a billionaire to get in to one of the 25 seats here — you just need to be patient on the reservation line. 
 
As for paying for a taste of the impossibly rare Macallan 60-year Lalique, well, you've always got another kidney.

Photo courtesy of The New York Palace

Rarities raritiesnyc.com
455 Madison Ave. (E. 51st St.), Midtown
(917) 202-8379
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Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: 6 to 51st St.
Nearby: Brasserie Ruhlmann; La Grenouille; Monkey Bar

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