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“Great location, but very different from the mood of "Lost in Translation"”
Review of New York Bar

New York Bar
Ranked #16 of 9,742 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I expected a bar in which you could have a great drink and chat away time and sorrows. Or just be silent. I got the great drinks, but with the music pretty loud and then with the band playing, conversation was difficult. So no place for subtleties... Before 9 PM you just pay for the drink, thereafter you pay a lot of money on top for the live music.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Firstly this bar is incredibly difficult to find if you are not staying in the hotel itself. We tried to walk from Shinjuku station and literally got lost in translation! There are no signs for pedestrians and the front entrance lobby is on the first floor accessed by cars, taxis. Having got up to the bar the first thing to hit me was how horrible it is to be in a bar where smoking is allowed (had totally forgotten this after several years of non-smoking ban in UK bars). The view is not so great - too high to see much, especially on a murky day. Cocktails were very understrength and food very overpriced. Jazz combo - very uninspiring, played only a couple of standard numbers and then left. NB as a previous contributor noted, there is a hefty cover charge to pay for this 'entertainment'. Save your money and keep your illusions: go see the film again instead!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Went along for the great view and to feel the magic of Lost in Translation. The view is excellent, despite being told i couldnt go up in flip flops we went up anyway to sneak a look. It was 1905 and the cover charge is menat to stat at 2000 but as we were going to be aeated we were told that we would be charged (even though it was way before 8) so we ended up not staying. If you are a fan of the movie and have got the right dress code i would reccomend it. However you pay for the ambience.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

I have to admit that I visited this bar after having seen 'Lost in Translations' several times and really wanted to see the place myself. It's definitely worth it if you are a fan of the movie. You will recognize so many things...
As other writers mentioned before, the bar is smaller than it looks in the movie. The views are great, but almost similar to the downstairs lobby bar (on the 41st floor if I remember correctly). So if you don't want to pay for the cover charge (when they have life music) then you can get the spectacular view also from the lobby bar. The life music can be rather loud in the bar itself. The restaurant is just around the corner where the live music fades away nicely.

But the real highlight was the Cheeseburger. You must have the cheeseburger when you go there (along with a Suntury Whisky obviously). Crisply light bread, creamy cheese, soft juicy bacon, a tender wanyu patty, served with ketchup that tastes like a real tomato product and crispy non-oily French fries with a taste of real potatoes. You will love it and remember it for the rest of your life (along with the price of around USD 45.00).

BTW: the chairs are quite close to each other, hence not ideal for business discussions. Best time to visit: between 17:00 and 18:00 (the bar just opened, not cover charge yet, not so many visitors, allowing you to grab one of the few window tables).
Beyond 18:00 you will have to pay a cover charge but you will experience the great view of the city of Tokyo when the night falls - just great! Do not go on Saturday night - it can be just too crowded.
PS: you can get the same/similar view from the Lobby bar or the observation deck in Roppongi.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The view from the 52nd floor was outstanding. $US 22 times 2, $44 cover unless you eat in the adjacent restaurant first. We could see and hear the Sunday night (only) jazz combo (excellent) from the restaurant (tripadvisor would not accept "New York Grill" for our review so thus the New York Bar review herein).

The dinner and wine prices were unbelievable. $17 for mediocre house wine, caesar salad awful, bla fish of the day, duck breast mediocre sauce - sliced but had to spit out many bites because of unchewable tendons. Service was oppressive. After getting wine, they asked for our food order. We said we wanted to relax with the wine first, after we finish, then we will order, every few minutes (we had arrived at 5:20pm to an almost empty room) our waiter asked for our food order and we said not yet. After only about 15 minutes, the m d asked what the problem was, didn't we want to eat? I explained again we want to have a drink first. A few minutes later a different waiter came and we gave up and ordered. Even the least expensive items were horrendously expensive which we expected this but the outstanding food we thought we were paying for was a false hope.

We did find an outstanding French restaurant during our stay in Tokyo, Grill Fukushima at Ueno Park, actually one of the best I have experienced and I look for them in the 46 countries in which I have traveled.

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