As the guide from the Dorothy Parker Walking Tour that I went on recently so aptly put it, “In New York, Real Estate is Everything”. Since the money that can be made from a location, location, location can be astounding, this reality of realty makes it difficult to find places that still exist from the eras that we have such a fondness for.
One place that manages to straddle the lines between history and commerce is Bond 45 Restaurant. While we only had a drink at the bar during our visit, this would be a place where I could see us getting dinner before heading to a Broadway show, and pretending we were “back in the day”.
Located on 154 West 45th, Bond 45 is built on the site of The Hammerstein Theatre where the Ziegfeld Follies began. Later and probably more famously it was Bond clothing store, and made history when its sign was in the background of the famous “World War II Sailor Kissing Nurse” photo:
Though you would not know it by looking at it, the current incarnation as restaurant Bond 45 has only been around for the past 6 years or so. Dark wood, sepia lighting, tile floors, vintage bar back, the place evokes the city as it was during the first half of the last century.
The fare is Italian, and portions are generous from what we could see whizzing by us as we ponied up to the bar for an afternoon cocktail. Keeping in style with the place I had a very tasty Whiskey Smash, cousin of the Mint Julep, my drinking partner opted for a more current Brooklyn Lager.
Sitting at the bar, looking at the reflections of the couples and families in the smoked mirror behind the bar, I could not help but feel if but for a moment, that I had been transported back in time, back to Old New York.
Bond 45 Restaurant
154 West 45th Street
(between 6th and 7th Aves., just off 7th)
New York, NY 10036
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