Built within a former laundromat in a sleepy bit of the West Village, the Orient Express cocktail bar is impossibly tiny. It creates the impression that you’re travelling on the infamous train. A lack of delays and feeling of motion sickness aside, it pretty much succeeds.
The Orient Express has always held an air of mystique. This has been aided over the years by the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery novel set on the train and in the film version of from Russia With Love.
The Orient Express has been designed with the original locomotive as inspiration and with rare attention to detail – the entire menu has blatant nods to the train’s history (The sleeping car, the Houdini, Mata Hari and the Agatha) and the decor is immaculate recreating the train carriages. The bartender took great pleasure in informing us that several items in the bar are indeed originals from the train – a former employee now living in New York had visited the bar and was so impressed he donated much of his own memorabilia from his time on the locomotive to help the cause.
Orient Express 325 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014