Classic Elegance | Bemelmans Bar and Dowlings Restaurant at The Carlyle Hotel NYC

Classic Elegance | Bemelmans Bar and Dowlings Restaurant at The Carlyle Hotel NYC

November 15, 2023

Written by Janet Morais


Both Bemelmans Bar and Dowling’s at The Carlyle stand as icons of sophisticated culture and refined entertainment, each preserving a timeless charm and offering a memorable experience in the heart of New York City’s vibrant Upper East Side.



Live Jazz and Classic Atmosphere: The Allure of Bemelmans Bar

The timeless tale of the Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, unveils an enchanting narrative steeped in the heart of the Upper East Side. Ludwig Bemelmans, the artist behind the cherished Madeline series, transformed the bar into a wonderland adorned with his whimsical murals. His grand-scale paintings, portraying the beauty of Central Park across the seasons, were brought to life in the 1940s in a notable exchange with the hotel.




Since its establishment in 1947, Bemelmans Bar has resonated with the sounds of New York’s finest jazz pianists. The bar regularly hosts live performances, inviting acclaimed artists to entertain audiences with renditions from the Great American Songbook, setting the stage for delightful evenings seven days a week. The famed Madeline Tea, held on Saturdays in November and December, presents a delightful experience for families, serenaded by Tina de Varon, who sings from the Madeline Song Book. The occasion enchants children and parents alike, offering a taste of Madeline’s Children Buffet amid sing-a-long melodies.


Elegant Dining and Time-Honored Service: The Era-Preserved Ambiance of Dowling’s

Debuting at The Carlyle, Dowling’s Restaurant pays homage to its past while presenting a new culinary vision. The restaurant honors the historic legacy of the hotel, offering a menu curated by Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique, showcasing a seamless blend of American and European culinary styles.




Dowling’s at The Carlyle presents an inviting atmosphere, evoking the glamorous ’30s and ’40s. The menu delights guests with gourmet breakfasts, sumptuous lunches, and exquisite dinner services, completed with a sophisticated Carving Station and refined tableside presentations.




Designed by tonychi studio, the elegant 80-seat dining room at Dowling’s exudes the allure of the 1930s and ’40s. The beautifully crafted space pays homage to the hotel’s history, offering a stylish setting for an impeccable dining experience.