Where should you take your date on a Friday night? It’s a question everyone struggles with from time to time, but for those lucky enough to be in Tokyo the folks at the Park Hyatt have created a spot with a great mix of metropolitan sophistication and romantic atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to impress a first date, keep the excitement going with a long-term sweetheart, or get a fun night started with some friends, the Park Hyatt’s New York Bar in Shinjuku is just the place!
Sofia Coppola’s ode to Tokyo (and Japan) ‘Lost in Translation’ famously centers around the Park Hyatt Hotel in general, and the 52nd floor’s New York Bar in particular. From their perch high above the city, Bob Harris and Charlotte struggle with marital troubles, the language barrier, and jet lag as they catch a glimpse of life in the Japanese metropolis. Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray never feel too far away when you’re here. Come for the thrill of an evening straight out of a movie, and stay for the night views of the Tokyo skyline. The street lights and cars glitter down below while the twinkling of the stars overhead seems just a bit closer than usual.
A fifteen-minute walk from Shinjuku station, the bar is open from 5 pm to midnight on Sunday to Wednesday and stays open one hour longer Thursday through Saturday. A 2400 yen cover charge starts at 8 pm (7 pm on Sundays), coinciding with the daily live jazz performance. A serious dress code is in effect, no sandals or shorts are allowed.
It goes without saying that the atmosphere this kind of bar provides comes at a price. Real estate looking out over the bright lights of Tokyo is at a premium, after all. With that in mind, here are three potential plans of attack, depending on your budget.
The lowest level is ‘samurai’, because there’s nothing on the menu that isn’t a splurge. That being said, you can still enjoy a drink above the city and get a taste of the jet setter lifestyle without entirely emptying your wallet. The hefty cover charge doesn’t start until eight most nights, so go at six and enjoy the sunset for free. Cocktails are 1800 yen (and delicious) while the oldest Hibiki whiskey will run you 25,000 yen. In contrast, all beers domestic and import can be had for a relatively modest 1200 yen.
Price for two drinks, table snacks, and a sunset date: 3000 to 5000 yen.
For those who have disposable income to spare and are seriously out to impress, come for the live jazz and stay for dinner. Food falls in the 2000 to 5000 yen range per item.
Price for two drinks, jazz, and two entrees: 11,000 to 20,000 yen.
This is it, the full Bill Murray treatment. Drinks, jazz, food, and a night in one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. Perks for overnight guests include access to the rooftop pool, the New York Bar (among others), and a room equipped with the sandals and robe as featured in the movie.
Price for drinks, jazz, food, swimming with a view, and a night above the city: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it (just kidding, rooms range from 50,000 to a cool 100,000 yen per night).
Next time you’re lost in Tokyo, drop by the New York Bar for an evening you won’t soon forget. Who knows what you might find.
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