HANGOUTS: The Lambs Club hits high gear

07 Sep

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Chatwal Hotel
132 West 44th Street, between 6th and Broadway
(212) 997-5262

Fans of mid-20th Century American show biz have heard the name of this place many times, primarily because it was THE hangout for all sorts of celebrities who belonged to its namesake group, the country’s first professional theatrical club, founded in 1874.

This is the restored version, in the original Midtown West spot, and tonight it debuts its dinner service. The place has been serving breakfast, lunch and drinks.

It is a cushy Art Deco-inspired space, designed by Thierry Despont, where chrome, torch-style lighting fixtures and red leather abound, and the 60-seat mezzanine bar has portraits of famous Lambs Club members of the past even though the 80-seat restaurant emphasizes that it is not affiliated with the still-existing private club.

Sasha Petraske’s drink menu contains some classically-inspired treats. Among them:

GOLD RUSH — Bourbon, lemon, honey
SOUTHSIDE — Gin, lime juice, sugar, mint
OLD FASIONED — Bourbon, sugar, bitters, orange peel
CHERRY FIX — Vodka or rum, fresh cherries, lemon, crushed Ice
ST. HILAIRE — Cava, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, Cocktails, New Hangouts, NYC


One response to “HANGOUTS: The Lambs Club hits high gear

  1. Marc Baron

    November 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    The Lambs, Inc., is America’s oldest professional theatrical club (not ‘was’), established in London in 1868 and in Manhattan in 1874. During our 140+ year history The Lambs has had many homes and, in 1905, erected its own clubhouse at 130 West 44th Street in Manhattan, designed by famed architect Stanford White; now the recently opened as Chatwal Hotel.

    The Lambs Club restaurant is NOT The Lambs, Inc.

    At its clubhouse The Lambs ® (often referred to as The Lambs Club, or The Lambs Theater) flourished producing many plays and programs rising into prominence within American Theater history. Lerner and Loewe first met at The Lambs; Stalag 17 and Mark Twain Tonight were first produced in The Lambs’ theater.

    The Lambs® is a registered trademark of The Lambs, Inc.

    The Lambs, Inc. has not been purchased by another entity and is proud if its 140+ years of uninterrupted existence serving its membership, which was recognized by Mayor Bloomberg on May 9, 2007, marking the 130th anniversary of our incorporation in 1877. The Lambs has never gone out of business, nor licensed or franchised its name, nor been affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene or other religious organization, nor operated as “The Lamb’s Theater” nor as the Friends of The Lamb’s, nor is it a restaurant.

    Our organization resides on West 51st Street, as it has for the past 35 years. and, continues its legacy as a private club for professionals of the entertainment industry. The Lambs has no affiliation with the Chatwal Hotel or its restaurant/bar, other than they are located in the building originally erected by The Lambs in 1905, and was fully renovated by the hotel, retaining the historically protected facade.


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