The Name is James, But Call Me JIMMY

Photo by Mary Cunningham

You should go to JIMMY at The James hotel.

If you want to impress a date or an out-of-town guest go. to. Jimmy.  Works every time.

JIMMY is the rooftop bar of The James hotel in Soho.  I thought everyone already knew about it (since I’ve told everyone I know about it), but after a friend’s excited text last week, I realized that some people had still not made their way to what I consider the coolest bar in Manhattan.  It’s relatively young (just over a year old) but still inspires awe in even the scene-iest patrons while they sip $16+ cocktails and gaze over the New York City skyline.

Snacks at Jimmy range from the affordable Pretzel Sticks with Mustard Oil for $3, to the Kitchen Burger for $18.  (Pricey, but mmmmm, it comes with jalepeño fries.)

If you’d like a proper meal, start on the ground floor of The James at David Burke Kitchen, AKA uber-chef kitchen, for true delicacies.  “At Kitchen, you can enjoy wholesome and hearty modern American food, locally sourced and presented in the creative and whimsical style that is Burke’s trademark.”

But back to JIMMY, because that’s the boy we’re really interested in: For all it’s expense and even the requisite dance with the bouncer just to be granted access, JIMMY succeeds in letting you “forget all your troubles, forget all your cares*” upon gazing over blurry city lights, reminding us of the urban beauty that surrounds us and that, yes, New York is worth it.

*Tell me that someone recognizes Petula Clark’s “Downtown” (VIDEO)

15 Thompson Street @ Grand
New York, NY 10013

The James, David Burke Kitchen & Treehouse Bar:
27 Grand Street @Thompson
New York, NY 10013

Photo by Mary Cunningham


Oh, by the way:  Somewhere pre or post dinner at David Burke, before heading up to JIMMY, there’s the Treehouse Bar just waiting for you.  Let me say that I have never had beef jerky used so well in a margarita.  Or anywhere else.

Let’s be honest:  Hip factor = astronomical.  Price also = astronomical.  Going with co-workers or clients is advisable, for the sake of charging the tab to the corporate card.

Photo by Mary Cunningham

 Accessorize: As a rule, it’s easier to get in picky bars if you look like you belong there.  Stylish, but not trying too hard…

(PS: Today is last day for Neiman Marcus’s gift card promotions: Earn a NM Gift Card® with regular-priced online purchase of $500 or more. Code SHOPNM)

Rachel Zoe Edith Satin Jumpsuit


Nanette Lepore Jitterbug Embroidered Blouse & MARC by Marc Jacobs Cropped Twill Pants


M Missoni One-Shoulder Colorblock Dress


*The James website

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