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Knickerbocker’s St. Cloud Comes with a Serving of History

By Florence Fabricant

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The name of this stunning rooftop bar at the Knickerbocker hotel did not come from some brainstorming session, but from history. Originally, a hotel called the St. Cloud, built in 1868, was at the site of the Knickerbocker. John Jacob Astor IV bought it in 1892 and eventually tore it down and replaced it with the Knickerbocker, which was completed in 1906. The top-floor terraces, with Beaux-Arts details, and the indoor areas were open to hotel guests, but food and drink were not served. (Enrico Caruso’s wedding was held there.) Now, with the renovation of the hotel, it is an indoor-outdoor bar and lounge run by In Good Company Hospitality, with the chef Charlie Palmer doing light food like tuna tacos and a Cuban sandwich. (Opens Monday): the Knickerbocker, 6 Times Square (42nd Street and Broadway), 212-204-4984, theknickerbocker.com.

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