Here we are in the doldrums of Winter in New York. Post-Holiday, pre-blizzards, and everyone is on a diet…
I don’t love any of the above…
Time for a Date Night, or in our case, a “Date Day” at Club Macanudo (getting a babysitter is not always easy). The Club is a trendy, happening place, on the Upper East Side and is said to be amongst the Top-5 Cigar Bars in the US.
Nestled between 5th and Madison Avenues on East 63rd Street, “Club Mac” mingles casual and elegance. I like to think it is designed as I would design a restaurant, if I ever had one. Dark colors, dim lighting, plush leather sodas, mahogany, brass contrasted with strategically placed television, sets a bar off center of the main room, marrying a vibe of Pub meets Lounge meets Formal Library.
The state-of-the-art ventilation system makes this locale an excellent site, for me, the non-cigar smoker, and my husband, who has an onsite Humidor.
This, my friends, is compromise at its finest.
A private humidor at Club Macanudo is leased by celebrities, business tycoons, A-listers and corporations. Finely-crafted from Spanish cedar and mahogany, and adorned with a personalized brass plaque, the humidors signify luxury. Leasing a private humidor allows you to enjoy VIP status, invitations to private events, priority seating and special discounts at the Club.
Renowned for having one of the finest and most extensive cigar selections in New York City, Club Macanudo boasts a stunning assortment of premium handcrafted cigars.
There are more than 130 varieties, including world-class brands such as Macanudo®, Cohiba®, Partagas®, La Gloria Cubana®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, and CAO®. The staff can even select the ideal cigar to complement your choice of wine, whiskey, liqueur, cocktail, entree or dessert.
Club Macanudo Restaurant
We began our date with a ‘Decoy’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, on a plush leather sofa located at the back of the club. At 1pm on a rainy Saturday, we found ourselves one of a few; and it was lovely.
The food is very important and a highlight, as a trip to Club Mac is not complete without two things from the menu; ironically, one an appetizer and one is a desert.
The “Cheese and Fruit Platter” is my most favorite of any restaurant I have ever been to, and it is a dish I order at every restaurant that offers one. Many times, with a Cheese Platter, I am left disappointed because there is an art to a cheese plate often overlooked.
The Cheese at Club Mac varies but is always a mix of domestic and imported cheeses. Gouda, Pecorino Romano, San Andre and Bleu de Causses were on our platter, providing just the right ratio of smooth, buttery, soft and hard cheeses.
The Fruit, sweet red grapes, tart Granny Smith apple slices and dried apricot, made for a delicious accompaniment. Mixed nuts, warm sliced French bread and a trail mix complete the art of a real Board; one that is very hard to come by in my dining experience and a reason that I look forward to my visits to Club Mac.
The other “must’ are the Warm Chocolate Truffles on the desert menu. Delicious, decadent and famous at Club Mac, these are partially responsible for the Food Network ranking of Club Mac as “Best of the Best.”
In between Appetizers and Desserts, there are options that vary from a Turkey Club to a Smoked Salmon Salad or a “New York Prime Steak”.
My Husband tells me Club Mac has a Turkey Club Sandwich second only to the Turkey Club at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia (I have not had either). His obsession with Club sandwiches is like mine with Cheese plates; he means business with food recommendations, so I strongly suggest trying the Turkey Club here.
Wine and Spirits
The wine list is strong (sorry it’s Dry January). By-the-bottle Reds include Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Silverado Merlot 2011, and Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. Whites include my personal favorite, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2013, Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013 and Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma 2013. Half Bottles and by-the-glass are also available.
Should scotch, whiskey or gin be your choice, you have a lot to choose from. As a matter of fact, you may want to check the menu in advance and strategize, ahead of time. Single Malt Scotch options are one full page of the menu….
Yes, and Yum! If you are seeking a welcoming, luxurious atmosphere with a casual vibe, and perhaps find yourself in New York City with a cigar aficionado or cheese connoisseur, this is certainly a place to visit whether you care for cigars or not.
23 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
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