Rainbow Room Reopens In New York

The Rainbow Room, in midtown Manhattan, was for decades synonymous with glamour but it was closed in 2009. Yesterday, however, two days after the 80th anniversary of its original inauguration, it reopened to the public following a refit even more lavish than the $20 million renovation it underwent in the 1980s. The tables are still arranged on tiers, so that all 220 diners have a clear view of the dance floor and stage (as though it could compete with Manhattan at night). Disappointingly, Mondays are the only night of the week it will be open to the public for dinner, which will be cooked under the supervision of British chef Jonathan Wright. (The venue will also be open to the public for buffet brunch on Sundays.) Otherwise, the Rainbow Room remains the preserve of private events and weddings. Meanwhile, a new cocktail lounge called SixtyFive is opening next door on the 65th floor. It will be open from 5pm Monday to Friday, and enjoys similarly peerless views.

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