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The Summer’s Best New Bar Isn’t on a Roof; It's the Office

Hidden on the 35th floor of Manhattan’s Mandarin Oriental, the new bar by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, the Office, combines astonishing cocktails and unexpected dishes.
Photographer: Allen Hemberger

Two of New York’s most powerful dining rooms line Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan: Marea and Porterhouse. But until this summer, there hasn’t been a bar with the potential to bring in that kind of business crowd.

Now, some 30 stories above Porterhouse, part way up the tower that houses the Mandarin Oriental, chef Grant Achatz and his partner Nick Kokonas have opened the Office. It's an East Coast outpost of their Chicago lounge of the same name, which is housed just below the Aviary, a craft cocktail pioneer.  In New York, the program by beverage director Micah Melton is simultaneously serious and entirely engaging, especially alongside the classically minded menu from Michelin-star chef Achatz.