If you thought the fashion set were the only ones flocking to the gorgeous Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store in Manhattan, think again. Starting Friday, those looking to grab a decadent bite can get their fix at the store as well. That's when Ralph Lauren's third restaurant, the Polo Bar, opens its doors to the public.
"It's just this amazing Ralph Lauren world," says InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson, who attended the Polo Bar's celeb-studded industry tasting on Wednesday night. Guests like Donna Karan and Calvin Klein got a sneak peek of the interior of the gorgeous restaurant as well as the impeccable selection of seasonal specialties. "It's really amazing because it's very clear that [Ralph] has spent months fine-tuning the exact experience of what this restaurant is going to be like," Wilson says. "Not just the interior design, which is, you know, spectacular in this kind of dreamy caramel leather banquette booth interior, but also down to the way the staff greets you."
The first floor of the restaurant features a brass-topped bar and cozy nook (top), where guests can enjoy cocktails, oysters, and other light fare before heading downstairs to the main dining room (above). "I'm drawn to the kind of food that people truly enjoy—vibrant food that people want to return to time and again," Lauren said in statement. The seasonal menu will feature classic American cuisine like a corned beef sandwich, the Polo burger, and steaks from Lauren's own ranch in Colorado. The dessert specialty is Ralph's Coffee Ice Cream, made with Ralph's Custom Coffee Blend.
The Polo Bar opens Friday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m.