I was honored with an invitation to the opening of Tokyo's newest New York-style dining bar: 57. It was on Thursday, May 10, when floor manager Patrick Bommarito and manager Shogo Izaki turned on a night that spelt panache.
Wine and champagne flowed, the DJ (all the way from, of course, New York) spun, saxophonists wandering amongst the crowd wailed, and girls danced.
It was at times an almost unnavigably well attended function and set an adult, upper tone that the venue promises to keep.
57 is a true collaboration between two cities involving, from New York, Glen Coben as architect; Stephen Hall of the restaurant-focussed PR company, The Hall Company; menu designer Shane McBride; and, on the Tokyo side, restaurant designers Metromet.
For Tokyo, the space is immense, yet is designed with a variety of possibilities in mind, from large company groups, to circles of friends, to couples. This is reflected in the variety of spaces available - all of them geared to that ambiance of restrained and tasteful New York love of good vibes.
The food is chophouse-style and the bar serves the full range of cocktails, plus several concocted specially for 57.
Access to Fifty-Seven
57 is on just off Roppongi-dori Avenue, at the first set of traffic lights east of the big Roppongi intersection. Look for the small Mikawadai Koen Park, turn down the street and its immediately on your right just after the park. Basement floor.
4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
03 5775 7857
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