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Fire for the Mouth, Body, and Soul at the King Cole

If you’re searching for a bit of heat in New York, you’ll want to check out the recently renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis. The new restaurant and bar menus come courtesy of John DeLucie, a veteran restaurateur who put his stamp on the city when he opened the Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village in 2007. The King Cole is the alleged birthplace of the Bloody Mary, and—as one might expect—DeLucie honors that history with five bold variations of the drink. Our favorite, the Agave Maria, enhances the already spicy secret St. Regis Bloody Mary mix with tequila and jalapeño.

If you’re craving even more heat, pair that libation with “crispy fiery quail,” the restaurant’s ingenious take on Buffalo wings. Yes, crisped, Buffalo-spiced quail served with a cilantro-yogurt dipping sauce is every bit the revelation that you would expect it to be.

To warm your winter-weary body, we recommend taking up seats at the fireplace table in the newly expanded lounge just outside the doors of the King Cole. Sitting beside the gently blazing fireplace in a deep bucket chair, you’ll forget all about the harsh winter weather blowing through Midtown. In fact, you may even find yourself growing more forgiving of spring’s late arrival. 

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