Since private members’ club Carlyle & Co opened in June, it has offered its members a taste of New York with decor that echoes that of its namesake, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, an Upper East Side establishment whose star-studded list of guests has ranged from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie to US presidents and royal families.
Some native New Yorkers residing in Hong Kong have praised the Carlyle & Co’s menu, claiming the pastrami sandwich is the closest to NYC institution Katz’s Deli they’ve had (which isn't surprising, given the club flies its pastrami in from the iconic New York deli).
On top of sandwiches and sparkling skyscraper views—the club sits over 50 storeys high at Rosewood Hong Kong, and boasts one of the largest outdoor terraces in the city—Carlyle & Co has brought another New York experience to Hong Kong with the opening of Café Carlyle, a tribute to The Carlyle’s legendary jazz bar, which opens on September 15.
The original Café Carlyle opened in 1955 as a supper club where Upper East Siders could rub shoulders, sip martinis, dance and enjoy live music late into the night. It soon became the heart of the city’s storied jazz scene, with musical greats like Bobby Short and Eartha Kitt taking up residency.
While Hong Kong’s Café Carlyle may not have the history of the original, it plans to honour its legacy and elegance, bringing nostalgia into the now with its velvet banquettes, plenty of champagne and caviar, and of course, an impressive roster of live performances spanning multiple genres from smoky jazz to soul, blues and even cabaret.