Arriving later this month, Montecristo Cigar Bar hopes to create a smoker's haven that won't be hiding their aspirations to lure in a luxury clientele. The 3,761-square-foot lounge, bar, store and humidor will replace the long-shuttered Hyakumi Japanese restaurant, offering a "sanctuary" for smokers, a high-end beverage program and even access to some coveted menus.
Montecristo will seat 100 in the bar and lounge, where guests can play video poker on the bar top. The concept designed by the Rockwell Group has been divided into four sections The Signature Bar, The Library, The Courtyard and the 10-seat, private dining area, The Vault Room.
Shoppers can purchase familiar upscale smokes like Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Padron pulled from within a 400-square-foot humidor protecting up to 1,000 cigars.
The bar's top shelf will be stocked with Pappy Van Winkle vintages, 18-year-old Elijah Craig Single Barrel, plus The Louis XII Perfect Pour, offered table side, served in crystal Riedel glassware.
All day dining is described as bar snacks, including the $19 Tasting of Salami, offering "American artisanal salami by Olympic Provisions with mustard and hearth bread." The Tasting of Ham includes "Serrano ham, wild board prosciutto, duck ham, Edwards Country ham with seasonal compote, mustard and crackers."
A serving of imported or domestic cheeses costs $18 each, while pistachios are priced at $9, a blend of seven organic olives $10, cashews are $9, and kettle chips cost $7. The heartiest dish, only available from 5 to 10 p.m., is the Old Homestead Burger, priced at $30. This is the exact same burger, at the exact same price, next door at the Old Homestead steakhouse itself.
For three sawbucks, guests will be treated to a "10 oz dry-aged 'Pat LaFrieda' burger seared in an 800 degree, 50-year-old seasoned cast iron pan, brioche bun toasted in foie gras butter, aged Tillamook Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, duck fat fries and bourbon ketchup."
Michael Frey, a partner in Montecristo and a force behind Casa Fuente and the forthcoming Cigarbox cigar and wine bar, told Cigar Aficionado magazine that guests making prior arrangements can order from the rest of the menu from Old Homestead, plus Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, located a short walk away, or even have dishes brought downstairs from Restaurant Guy Savoy. Any restrictions on this service have yet to be revealed.