Bottoms Up — August 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

A New Take on Art Deco New York at The Fillmore Room

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The sense of history that hits you when you step into The Fillmore Room in Chelsea is so strong, it’s hard to believe the restaurant, cocktail bar and event space is only four months old.

Of course, no building in New York is ever without history, and 145 10th Ave is no exception. Inhabiting what was once Moran’s Chelsea (it still boasts the old name written on brick outside), a long-time favorite of working lunchers and office holiday parties, the newer incarnation has ditched the kitsch and gone all Great Gatsby—resplendent in art deco detailing and 1920s cocktails to match.

Food and drinks were on display last week, when the venue held its Mid-Summer Chill-Out Party, treating guests to samplings from the food and cocktail menus.

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When it came to drinks, The Fillmore, a cocktail of whiskey, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and a red wine float, rather appropriately stole the show, with the Highline Spritzer, a refreshing blend of tequila, lillet rose, lavender, lemon juice and Prosecco nicely conjuring lazy summer strolls along the nearby rail path.

When it came to hors d’oeuvres, the Pulled BBQ Brisket Minis had us coming back for more, with their delicate smokey flavor paired with a zing of bacon jam and crunch of fried onions on brioche bun. Other stars were the Veal Ricotta Meatballs, Fillmore Burger and deviled ham on toast.

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The space itself was classy and debonair, with a sultry air of Chelsea sophistication. A rabbit-warren of rooms, including one with a wood fire for later in the year, make it an intriguing spot for an urban wedding or formal gathering.

While the building may no longer play host to the bawdy nights seen when it was Moran’s, pubs like that come a dime a dozen, while swanky, yet understated cocktail bars, like this one, make for a welcome escape. When you’ve had enough of the open air of The High Line, and need to take solace in the side of New York favored by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Don Draper, The Fillmore Room is just the ticket.

Twisted Talk: Have you tried The Fillmore Room? Or was Moran’s more your scene? Discuss below!

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