Loews Hotel Restaurant & Lounge

This is a review of the bar, not the hotel or the restaurant, although I did have some snacks that probably bridge the gap between menus.

The bar itself (pictured) is much nicer than the one in the Loews, Santa Monica, which isn’t hard to beat, but unto itself, the New York location has a nicely done, deco vibe. Service is warm and friendly as well. Not the liveliest of crowds, however, so if you’re looking for a scene, this ain’t it.

As for cocktails, I found the Manhattan a little too sweet for my tastes and so I quickly switched to my ole goto Blanton’s on the rocks.

Apps were money. My favs being the mini reubens and the French fries, which were surprisingly good, served up with two dipping options; a homemade ketchup marinana and a mayo mustard. The reason I say “surprising” is because I’m normally not a fan of homemade ketchups. They almost always suck. For me, it’s either Heinz or Annie’s or it’s mustard please. Don’t even get me started on Hunts. Also decent are the hummus with fried chickpeas, the charcuterie and the cheese plate.

Ultimately, I am happy I came to Loews (movie theater humor- though technically a different, unrelated Loews). Definitely not a destination unto itself, but if you’re staying in the hotel or meeting someone there you could do a lot worse. Particularly on the Upper East.

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The Ultimate Ketchup

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In all fairness it’s hard to beat Heinz. I mean, I can’t even begin to count how many restaurants have tired to make their own “homemade” ketchup and failed miserably in the process. And Hunt’s? Please. I’d rather put hair on my burger. But as indomitable as Heinz is, after it’s glorious 113 year reign at the top, the king has finally been pushed off it’s thrown… by a queen.

Annie’s Ketchup not only tastes more like it’s made from real tomatoes, it also manages not to taste too healthy either. I know that sounds like a backhanded compliment but I mean it in the best way possible. After all, it’s not like Heinz is the bastion of wholesome ingredients. It taste the way it does because of vinegar and judicious amounts of sugar. Well, I’m not sure how Annie’s goes about it, but whatever they do, they make my heart sing. Because they give you the best of both worlds.