Orient Express Cocktail Bar

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Orient Express Opens in the West Village!

The Orient Express may have inspired iconic novels and films like Dracula and From Russia with Love, served as the setting for bravado characters like James Bond, and been featured as the backdrop of Agatha Christie's most famous works, but the famed vintage train continues to ride through modern culture with its latest stop in NYC's West Village, where Turks and Frogs owner Osman Cakir has re-conceptualized its famous voyages into a posh, time-reversing cocktail bar with a flair for the spirits of yesteryear.

Its look reflects the nostalgia of train travel: Amid the sexy amber glow, warm vintage-tinted beech wood panels, faux windows and bronzed luggage racks, the bar—a handcrafted Caesar Stone beauty—is the clear focal point. Above it, the ceiling curves to each side, and behind, bartenders bedecked in old-school vests and neckties shake and pour cocktails designed by Sam Ziar.
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e
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great place for small bites and drinks. Service is a little unattentive, but friendly. Great atmosphere and pricey but good cocktails.

C
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a phenomenal place, so transporting - or should I say “trains-porting” since the wonderful Orient Express train cat motif works its magic along with the great coffee brewed in a classic brass espresso machine. A when the quietude of weekend breakfast and jazz gives way to late afternoon and then evening, cafe transitions in the soft glow of the lights into an intimate, buzzing bar of fine mixology and snappier tunes.

y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with a colleague of mine for a business dinner/drinks meeting. Besides the fact that it was a perfect atmosphere, the drinks, service and staff were outstanding. I was a bit hesitant at first, hearing this was often a crowded and popular place on weekends, but it was exactly what I needed on a weekday. Music was on point with the ambiance, the handsome bartenders ;) and the impeccable cocktails, all highlights of the night. Thank you Orient Express, I’m getting back on the train ASAP!!!

WV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was surprised to discover that this hidden West Village jewel would surpass my expectations. This bar has some of the most knowledgeable bartenders I've ever encountered, they were happy to guide me through the menu and made great suggestions. I definitely recommend trying the Evening in San Juan cocktail. Last but not least, the music selection was great and created a very warm and welcoming vibe inside the bar. My reservation went very smoothly, they had a great table ready for me and they had already taken care of my special request. Highly recommended.

NR
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great for date night. Absolutely will be coming back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not have table ready, did not have a table available. Were rude about it. Disappointing, I used to like this place very much.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation. Got all the way there and the place was closed for a private party... So I was put out and disappointed to say the least.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great bar, with a great vibe. However, they aren't taking reservations via OpenTable anymore so although they were very kindly able to accommodate our party of 6 this wouldn't be a guarantee.

KA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Cocktails were interesting but the service was terrible

e
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere and terrific drinks. Grateful that reservations are taken as it is a small space and things are a little cramped and pushy around the bar. The only drawback was that at one point they turned the music up really loud, seemingly trying to silence conversation and drive people out. That was not the most pleasant end to an otherwise very nice evening.

k
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice vibe and mostly cocktail bar. Food limited but good. Quite loud in the evening and later

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived on time and find a sign on door that says closed for private party. They informed me there was a mistake. Unacceptable.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation for 5 people but it seemed like there wasn't really room for 5 people when we showed up - 3 people were cramped on one side of the table because there were no seats. Also, service was kind of slow because there wasn't too much staff. The bartenders were taking the orders, making the drinks and then dropping it off at the table. It was still a fun place (good music) but its better for smaller groups.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This quaint train-like bar was amazing. The music was great and the drinks were delicious and very time appropriate. We went to celebrate a birthday and the whole time we were sitting there with big grins on our faces because it was a fantastic vibe.

l
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Best cocktail bar in the west village!

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was a cute restaurant two years ago. Set up like the Orient Express train from movie days it shares a kitchen with the restaurant next door. At this point it offers only a small (stained) menu of very common appetizers and very small drinks served in old-fashioned cocktail glasses. The charcuterie plate offered 2 pates, 3 meats and pita bread slices. No pickles or other garnish AND none available to bring from the kitchen. They were out of Bombay Sapphire Gin, didn't carry Rose's Lime or cranberry juice...so lower quality gin for martini, and no gimlets or cosmos could be made. Music was rock and roll instead of period sounds you would expect. No wonder it was empty on Saturday night at 7:00.

EP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing vintage style cocktails served in a train car. It's small and fills up quick.

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2013
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We love Turks and Frogs and thought we'd try Orient Express as the two spots have the same owner. Unfortunately the service experience is worlds apart. We went to Orient Express last weekend for drinks and appetizers and were one of three occupied tables during our time there. The wine was fair and the appetizers were good but the service was the poorest we've experienced since moving to NYC. The wait staff congregated by the bar socializing and getting their attention was beyond difficult. When we finally did get someone's attention it was clear that we were frustrated. The waitresses response was to exude venomous attitude for the remainder of the dinner which made the experience unpleasant to say the least. Off the list....

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I always love it here. The cocktails are perfect and the charcuterie and cheese platters are superb. Very sweet and romantic.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for drinks only - they were not cheap but they were good. Bartenders were busy but friendly and helpful

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Orient Express was nothing like depicted on the website. It was dark and unwelcoming. The lighting was so poor that no one could read the menu. The welcome was non existent and we left within two minutes of arriving.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was horrendous. I had an opentable reservation, and when I arrived and told the bartender, he just pointed to the back so I took a seat. We had to wait at least 15-20 minutes before I grabbed someone who was walking by to let them know we didn't have a waiter or menus. This level of being ignored lasted until a new waiter came on for his shift. Definitely not going back, unless I am sitting at the bar.
When I pay over $100 for a few cocktails and a plate of hummus, I expect a little more service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got there early, when there were only a few other people. The ambiance was great. We could appreciate all the detail that went into the place and have a nice conversation. Further into the night, it got very loud and packed; there were people standing right next to our table waiting to get a seat. Overall a good experience, but I would suggest going early if you don't want the typical bar scene.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2012
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

We came for pre-dinner cocktails, which were quite delicious and unusual. Food was just average, but we only had some hummus as a nosh to tame the alcohol. Great old-school cocktails.
Casual atmosphere. We had a lot of fun.