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Orient Express Cocktail Bar

4.6
4.6
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Orient Express Cocktail Bar in West Village.
The Orient Express may have inspired iconic novels and films like 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 691-8845

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women

  • Private party facilities

    Please send us an email through the link on our website or using orientexpressnyc@gmail.com to get a quote.

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Cross street

    Greenwich Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A/C/E/L to 8th AVE. 1 Christopher St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 33 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Cocktail Bar

  • Manhattan

    Cocktail Bar

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  1. V

    Vasili

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Service was all men. The kind of men that totally made my date feel uncomfortable. It was very loud and the table they sat us was directly under the restaurant computer so I constantly had these guys over my shoulder bustling and we eventually were moved to another table close to the bathrooms… this is a glorified dive bar. No real hospitality at all

    Orient Express Cocktail BarResponded on July 20, 2022Hello, We are not only men operated place. Visiting us on a Friday doesn’t reflect the truth. Almost half of our guests,regulars,friends and also some of the people that we work with who owns or represents liquor companies are lgbtq+ members; some of them are in active position in the community. In fact, they are hosting parties at our bar, frequently, which makes us proud and happy. Thanks for your visit.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, friendly people.
  3. KL

    KatL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were great and volume level was perfect for a date, felt busy but still intimate
  4. EP

    EffieP

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Can’t say enough about this small bar in the West Village. The drinks and small bites were excellent. The service was exceptional From the moment we arrived till the moment we left, the servers and manager did everything to ensure we were happy. I would highly recommend for a friends get-together or a date. A hidden gem in the West Village!
  5. B

    Brianw

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Was far too loud
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will definitely return
  7. d

    david

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Only there for drinks. Waiter was a very friendly guy. Great spot on the way to a local restaurant. Looking forward to next time.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    HORRIBLE experience. Made a reservation for 6 for my partner’s birthday and told friends that live nearby to meet us for a drink there as well. The bartender refused to serve us because more than six people showed up - the place was completely empty. I will NEVER go there again. I live in the neighborhood and could not believe how despicable the treatment was. Pretty place with no substance. They don’t know how to run a business. Good luck.

    Orient Express Cocktail BarResponded on November 18, 2021Thank you.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was super accommodating and attentive
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a cool space with great cocktails. Staff is also really friendly.
  11. e

    ecpnyc

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a great place for small bites and drinks. Service is a little unattentive, but friendly. Great atmosphere and pricey but good cocktails.
  12. C

    Cloudsinthsilverlining

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  13. y

    yanao

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!!!
  14. WV

    WestVillager123

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  15. NR

    NneyaR

    New York Area

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great for date night. Absolutely will be coming back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Did not have table ready, did not have a table available. Were rude about it. Disappointing, I used to like this place very much.
  17. DA

    DART

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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.
  18. B

    Beth

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    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.
  19. KA

    KimberlyAlyse

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Cocktails were interesting but the service was terrible
  20. e

    ecpnyc

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  21. k

    kayp

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Nice vibe and mostly cocktail bar. Food limited but good. Quite loud in the evening and later
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I arrived on time and find a sign on door that says closed for private party. They informed me there was a mistake. Unacceptable.
  23. s

    ssanka

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    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.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2016

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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.
  25. l

    live2dineout

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Best cocktail bar in the west village!
  26. N

    Nicim

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    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.
  27. EP

    EParker

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing vintage style cocktails served in a train car. It's small and fills up quick.
  28. N

    Nicky

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2013

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    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....
  29. m

    mandyreno

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My boyfriend and I always love it here. The cocktails are perfect and the charcuterie and cheese platters are superb. Very sweet and romantic.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went for drinks only - they were not cheap but they were good. Bartenders were busy but friendly and helpful
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2013

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    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.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2012

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Orient Express Cocktail Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 691-8845.

Orient Express Cocktail Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Orient Express Cocktail Bar

325 W 11th Street, New York, NY 10014

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Greenwich Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A/C/E/L to 8th AVE. 1 Christopher St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 691-8845

  • Private party facilities

    Please send us an email through the link on our website or using orientexpressnyc@gmail.com to get a quote.

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