Midtown East’s newest cocktail bar was designed by SHoP Architects with a nod to old New York glamour

January 13, 2020

Photos of Bergamo’s by Rachel Vanni

Busy but relatively dry Midtown East got a new cocktail bar last week with Bergamo’s at 26 Vanderbilt Avenue. Located on the ground floor of the Company building—a tech incubator designed by SHoP Architects—the sprawling 8,530-square-foot lounge was inspired by old New York glamour and features a vaulted ceiling with custom tiles that nod to the historic Guastavino vaults at nearby Grand Central Terminal.

Other decor details include a 63-foot, handcrafted walnut bar made by Bauerschmidt & Sons, a mix of eclectic vintage furniture sourced from around the world, and jungle-motif wallpaper. The bar seats 90, and overall the space can accommodate 275 guests.

Bergamo’s is the first project from Company You Keep Hospitality, a division of Company. The cocktail menu, developed by beverage director Anthony Merlino, focuses on “pitch-perfect classics” and a creative list of house cocktails that will change seasonally. Craft beers, wines by the glass—including organic and biodynamic options—and spirit-free offerings will also be available.

Photo of Bergamo’s by Rachel Vanni

Chef Tien Ho (an alum of David Chang’s Momofuku, Má Pêche and Ssam Bar and former vice president of culinary & hospitality at Whole Foods) will helm the kitchen, which focuses on small plates and snacks with an Italian bend. Chef Ho will serve as culinary director for Company and have a hand in all upcoming projects.

335 Madison Avenue, Company, SHoP Architects

335 Madison Avenue, Company, SHoP Architects

335 Madison Avenue, Company, SHoP ArchitectsRenderings of Company by SHoP

With the goal of creating a community for NYC’s burgeoning tech sector, the Company campus will host a range of amenities, including a wellness center, an outdoor terrace spanning an entire city block, additional dining venues, and a theater that will be open to the public. These will continue to open in the months ahead.


Photos of Bergamo’s by Rachel Vanni

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