You ever fantasize about being a spy and wish you had a licence to kill – a la 007 James Bond? Well, pop on your tux or spiffy suit, jump into your Aston Martin, and head on over to Lexington Bar & Books.
Had a chance to experience this place one night and just had a terrific time. Yes, you have to be dressed up a bit to gain entrance and the dress code is enforced. Coming from work I had on dress slacks, shoes, a polo collared shirt, and a blazer. More than efficient to pass by. Press the buzzer to get in and a hostess will open the door to seat you.
The decor reminded me of being in an older wealthy person’s library. The line from Anchorman kept popping into my head – “I am a very important person. I have many leather bound books, and rich mahogany”. The atmosphere is a mix of classy and sexy, like a scene from a movie where you can picture clandestine spies passing notes under a table. Can be viewed as pretentious by some reviewers, but I saw it as more of an upscale relaxing place to kick back with a professionally mixed cocktail and smooth cigar. The ambiance is definitely more adult-like, and a welcome reprieve from the frat boy bars in the area, sports pubs, or crazier thumping bars of the LES nand UES where I reside.
The service was impeccable. The waitresses are all sexy Euro hotties. Russian and Polish women in tight red dresses. The men were all decked out in classic bar server attire – vests, ties, dress wear. We were constantly taken care of with drinks, cigars, and snacks for the table. Each time we had a need it was addressed immediately. Super attentive for sure.
Our cigars were just so tasty. Nice selection to choose from. Our drinks were even tastier. I had the Vesper – which is Fleming’s original 007 cocktail (Vodka Martini shaken, not stirred). After a few of these and a smooth cigar I started speaking like Sean Connery as Bond himself. “Trebek – your mother’s a whore!” Sorry – couldn’t resist that SNL skit line.
Even though you could see this as a place for an older crowd we witnessed a diverse mix of 20 somethings, to some in their 30’s-40’s, to couples in their 50’s-60’s enjoying a good smoke over casual conversation. If you are looking for an upscale environment with classy ambiance to enjoy with a date, friends, or even by yourself for a cigar and drink this is an appropriate choice. Cocktails are a bit pricey as expected with their specialties in the $16 range, but they are fantastic. Cigars are also pricey but they have a stellar selection, and you can bring in your own for a $5 fee. Great music playing overhead at the appropriate conversation level. Just a very chill setting if this is your scene.
On certain nights there are also specials. Free cigar for the ladies on Monday, Whiskey tasting on Tuesday, and a selection of James Bond movies to enjoy. Shaken, not stirred.