I was first hauled to this spot by a crazy older man that went by the handle James-Jim-Jimmy. But that’s a story for another time. The bar off to the left of the entrance is a great little escape from the cold. With a huge fireplace and welcoming sofas and chairs, you really can’t beat it on a cold New York winter night. The bar itself, just a few steps beyond the fireplace, attracts an interesting crowd to its stools and booths. We’ve meet some characters in just a few visits – enough to keep us coming back for more. The barkeeps are affable and professional and we had a good time chatting with them on at least one occasion. If you should find yourself hanging around Washington Square Park, in need of a warm up and possibly a new friend, drop into the Marlton for more than a slim chance at success.
The Marlton Hotel, 5 West 8th St., New York, NY 10011