February 19, 2013
That Upper West Siders are
flocking to Jennifer Klein’s beautiful new
Dakota Bar, on 72nd and Columbus - just down
the block from the famous building it’s
named after. Since quietly opening,
has become an instant hit..."
Emily Smith PAGE SIX
"Dakota Bar Opens
Out the Menu !"
February 18, 2013
Dakota Bar has opened on the corner of 72nd street
and Columbus Avenue, and the cocktail lounge and
restaurant appears to already be drawing some nice
spot has a long wine list, and a full menu, with
pasta bowls, salads, hors d’oeuvres and “specialty
sandwiches?with ingredients like
starting at $15.
is a popular hostess and a local who lives right
down the block from the bar..."
"Food’s several steps above
typical bar fare:"
March 1, 2013
Klein ...drops a neighborhood cocktail lounge on
Columbus. Bright green barstools and a long
chandelier provide some punch. Seasonal cocktails,
craft beer, and a serviceable wine list. "
"Prosciutto and asparagus sandwiches, portobello
tacos served with poppy seed slaw. Parmesan cheese
straws for nibbling and pasta bowls for the hungrier
and her venues:
"A West Side Wonder."
New York Post
the Bar. A Hit."
bouquet"... "Lovely" ..."Cozy."
New York Times
looking up for the West Side."
"RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR"
West Side Spirit 2007
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March 3, 2013
Though named after the nearby apartment building
made famous as John Lennon’s final stomping ground,
the Dakota Bar is more fit for a modern socialite
than a rock ’n roller. Frequented by tailored
thirty-something women .., its whimsical décor
-- featuring chandeliers fashioned out of brass
instruments, warm cream color scheme, and upbeat
music ... Inviting in its interior. With over
150 wines ($10 ?20/glass), plus inventive
wine-based cocktails ($15-20) and old-fashioned
sugary concoctions such as the Pink Squirrel (crème
de noyaux, white crème de cacao, and light cream),
the Dakota Bar’s drink list is artfully chosen...
sample the Dakota Bar’s well-crafted creations."
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Are Always Celebrating..."
"No stranger to
the Upper West Side, Jennifer Klein has lived on the
same block for thirty-two years and describes the
area as “very community-driven, interesting, and
educational.?She has seen it change over the years
and observes that the neighborhood lacks places for
locals to socialize, relax and celebrate. “People
are always celebrating,?Jennifer stated, and that’s
the niche that The Dakota Bar wants to fill on West
72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.
Though it boasts
an extensive wine list, it’s not just a “wine bar?
(although it would put many so-called establishments
to shame). The Dakota Bar also features classic
cocktails with a twist and fresh ingredients,
and the menu will soon expand to include wine-based
cocktails as well. The Dakota Bar also offers a full
menu to accompany your drink selection including
artisanal cheeses from all over the world.
The world of wine is always changing: there are
always new varieties of grapes from up-and-coming
regions and climates. Tastes in other liquors are
also in flux. “Who would have imagined that
chocolate-infused vodka would have existed??noted
Jennifer. Indeed, the Upper West Side is not immune
to change either.
Jennifer feels people crave more fabulous places
right here on the Upper West Side, and she has
certainly provided this at her Dakota Bar. Once
the weather starts getting better, you can expect
the Dakota Bar to have open doors and outdoor
seating for a great and relaxing experience."
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May 22, 2014
The top-notch Shrimp Bruchetta!
Open since Valentine's Day 2013, The Dakota
Bar has been thriving in the Upper West Side ever
since and the overall experience was one of the best
for us in takeout in recent experience. Owners
Jennifer and Todd Klein are both total peaches and
we loved meeting the stellar husband and wife team,
and it's clear they take beaucoup de pride in their
labor of love, which is of course your dinner. The
Dakota Bar is named after the Dakota building, and
you may know them from Wine and Roses.
We began with the Arugula and Mixed Greens salad,
above. The invisible angle of nutrition named
Bloomberg who sits on Peachy's shoulder applauded at
the party of avocado, pears, spiced walnuts, dried
cranberries, red onions and crumbled bleu cheese in
balsamic vinaigrette. They are detail-oriented here
and remembered to put dressing on the side as we
asked. Totally fresh, this salad was splendid and a
For our main course we tried the Fettuccini which
was accentuated with pancetta, asparagus and peas in
a creamy white basil sauce served perfectly Al
dente. Delicious! And, it's pink and green -a
great color combination. Everything we ate was just
as visually appealing as it was tasty.
Without a doubt our favorite of what we tried was
the Shrimp Bruchetta. Chopped shrimp, avocado,
tomato and fresh mozzarella simply shined their
brilliance on a toasted baguette. We believe you
will be wowed too.
The Dakota Bar is absolutely Terrific Takeout!
We adored it and can't wait to return. Judging from
how popular it was when we popped in we advise the
wise to make a reservation. And oh my goodness wait
until you see the chandelier!
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March 28, 2013
Yoko Will Stop In"
By V.L. Hendrickson
"In the shadow
of one of Manhattan's most
iconic apartment buildings,
the Dakota Bar is a comfortable
and lively new addition to West
Several area bars have closed
over the years, said owner
Jennifer Klein, with new
higher-end retailers and
restaurants moving in. Ms.
Klein, who has lived across the
street from the bar for 32
years, said the neighborhood
needed a place where locals
could "have a few lovely drinks,
some food and good
The Dakota has an extensive wine
list (Ms. Klein previously owned
a wine bar) with glasses ranging
between $10 and $20. Classic
cocktails dominate the drinks
menu, with options such as the
Portly Manhattan, with bourbon, Moscatel and bitters, and the
Pimm's Cup, with muddled
cucumber, lemon and ginger ale
Food options range from
snacks—like olive and parmesan
cheese straws and seasoned
salads and pasta dishes. The
restaurant also has a large
selection of cheeses "If you're looking to nosh
on something at the bar, there's
nothing better than a beautiful
presentation of cheese," said
THE BARHOPPERS PLAYBOOK
The Dakota Bar
The Upper West Side's
May 13, 2013
..."Put away a stiff
cocktail beneath a chandelier fashioned from brass
instruments at this moody retreat owned by...
Jennifer Klein... Drink this: the ginny,
lemon-juiced, jasmine-infused Love Potion Number
"...Food entrepreneur Jennifer's Klein's new restobar
offers an extensive wine list, craft beer, and
innovative seasonal cocktails, with an eclectic food
menu featuring dishes from Spain to Switzerland and
France to Italy..."
highlight of this Upper West Side spot
is that it knows its vino, and it stocks
an extensive selection..."
Friday, April 5, 2013
"REALLY, I AM A NEIGHBORHOOD GUY."
"I ate lunch at the Dakota Bar.
was a Cobb salad, with chicken, avocado,
bacon, roasted peppers, hard-boiled
eggs, and blue cheese.
-- Richard Belzer
Fantastic Outtakes From Richard Belzer’s
Grub Street Diet Shoot at
the Dakota Bar"
Photos: Melissa Hom
for Grub Street.
Order: SVU star Richard Belzer
is a New York icon ?an Upper West Sider
who's also half diehard Francophile. 'I
live in France part of the year, so, you
know, I'm a food snob. A French person
can happily talk about mushrooms for an
hour, instead of like, what do you do,
and how much money do you make?'
his eating habits are "eclectic and
eccentric." But after time in the French
countryside, he's fallen back into a New
York rhythm. We don't make a
habit of running outtakes from photo
Richard Belzer ?today's Grub
Street Diet subject ?was such a good
sport at his Dakota Bar shoot that it felt criminal to keep
the pictures private: a pose that makes
him a dead ringer for Disney's most
famous cartoon restaurant critic,
goofily knowing glances, and a
strawberry that he enjoyed perhaps too
-- by Alyssa Shelasky
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"...Worth the Ambiance"
"...one of the most incredible
that I’ve had the privilege to
Columbia Daily Spectator
by Yvonne Hsiao
March 7, 2013
"The best decision I’ve
made recently was swapping out my checkered Converse
sneakers for nude stilettos. They certainly went better
with the utter chic-ness of Jennifer Klein’s Dakota
Bar—a rather versatile enterprise that is at once an
upscale lounge, a restaurant, and an impressive wine
bar. ...Dakota has earned its place on the Upper West
Side with its beautiful brass instrument chandelier,
sophisticated color scheme of dark and bold, and
tendency to make a patron’s wallet bleed..."
"Dakota carries gourmet bar food..."
"As a cheese lover, I was pleased with the artisanal
cheese platter. First up was a piece of Romano, a
hard cheese from the northern Netherlands with complex
toffee-like notes. Then came the Spanish Zamorano with
its nutty and sharp taste, which was juxtaposed against
its delicate, melting texture. My favorite, though,
would have to be the French Tomme Fermier d’Alsace, a
smear-ripened cheese with odd but delicious hints of
chlorophyll and mushroom.
The entrées were decent in culinary terms, and great
in the context in which they were served. The clean
scent of arugula testified to its freshness, and its
bitterness worked in favor of the crisp romaine.
Permeated with fresh potatoes and water-tamed red
onions, the salad had a slightly awkward, warm
juxtaposition with the sautéed wild mushrooms and
tender, but sodium-chocked, duck breast. However, with
the tangy and oddly citrusy goat cheese, this
experimental dish was complex and satisfying.
The walnut and Gorgonzola ravioli, meanwhile, hovered on
the verge of too indulgent. Walnuts already ooze
palpable oil when chewed—and when paired with such a
rich Italian cheese and beurre noisette, the sage could
not undercut the richness of it all, even with its
bright notes. General consensus around the table for the
drinkers who accompanied me, though, was that the dish
went well with the wine, which I didn’t have.
Although not a drinker myself, it’s easy to see
the ramifications of having a wine connoisseur as
the owner of Dakota. This place boasts over 150 types of
wines, with call brands for white and red wine next to
lesser-known creations and craft beer.
The Dakota Bar is a place I’d go for a splurge (think
first date or birthday celebration), fully aware that
I’m essentially paying for its ambience–which is well
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THE DAKOTA BAR
Entrance on Columbus
Corner of Columbus
Avenue and 72nd St.
53 WEST 72 STREET NY NY 10023
(Corner of Columbus
ROOM SURROUNDING LARGEST SQUARE BAR
ON UPPER WEST
"GREAT FOR IMPROMPTU GROUPS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS."
BAR HOURS :
4:00pm to 12:30am
Thur: 4:00pm to 2:30am
4:00pm to 3:00am
1:00pm to 3:00am
Sun: 1:00pm to 12:00am
We welcome reservations for six
or more, and large parties!
to contact us:
...or call us at
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CLICK HERE FOR DAKOTA MENU
Copyright 2012 - 2014 by Jennifer
Klein. All rights reserved.
The Dakota Bar - TM
Jennifer Klein is behind this funky
bar... Thirty wines by the glass
(prices start at $10) feature
old-world countries (France, Italy,
Spain), and there is an extensive
bottle list with more than 150
selections. For a boozier sip, try a
red-wine-based tipple, or a cocktail
like the Who's Your Daddy, which
combines vodka and Sugar Daddy's
caramel. Nibble on cheese and
charcuterie, a club sandwich or
walnut-gorgonzola ravioli at one of
the multicolored banquettes,
illuminated by a 25-foot-long
chandelier made from brass
* * *
"Let’s face it: when we think of the
Upper West Side, we don’t always think of it as the
go-to destination for exciting nights out. Sure,
there have always been some places to go for a great
meal and cocktails but it’s always been more of a
family-land with limited options ?at least, to us.
That’s all changing now. Downtown darlings RedFarm
and The Smith have opened up shop uptown and there
are more and more cool spots cropping up around the
‘hood. But we have a new
favorite: Dakota Bar.
Opened earlier this year by Jennifer Klein, Dakota
Bar is a fun and energetic bar slash restaurant,
serving up some tasty cocktails and fantastic food
located on the prime corner of Columbus and 72nd
Street. Invoking the vibe of a trendy downtown
cocktail lounge, Dakota Bar has the requisite dark
lighting and flickering candles, good-looking and
friendly staff and comfortable seating at the
wrap-around bar and high-top tables.
Aside from having a great energy, Dakota Bar offers
an extensive wine list and really solid cocktail,
including the UWS Negroni and the bourbon-based
Portly Manhattan ?two of the drinks we sampled and
As for the food, there is a solid selection of
appetizers, salads, pizzas and pastas to sample. The
bite-size Mini Empanadas with black beans, Sante Fe
chili and cheese and Eggplant Fries were delicious
while the Arugula and Mixed Greens with pear,
avocado, dried cranberries and crumbled bleu cheese
is the perfect blend of flavors for a lighter meal.
The selections of pizza include a classic Marguerite,
a Shrimp and Asparagus and a Sausage and Fennel with
jalapeno which was highly recommended by the
gracious and helpful server. Looking for something
heartier? Dakota Bar has a handful of pasta bowls
like the Mushroom Stuffed Rigatoni, Fusilli with
cannelloni beans and broccoli pesto and Walnut and
Now, with the opening of
Dakota Bar, Upper West Siders no longer have to trek
downtown for an exciting night out."
- CHLOE BURNS / Bars in NYC
March 27, 2013
Atmosphere Excellent - Decor
Excellent - Service Excellent
present, the new bar in the area. A
famous name echoing a famous
landmark building. Totally
sophisticated atmosphere, even
glamorous; and a welcome presence on
the Upper West Side. Love it!'
November 19, 2013
"Accomplished restaurateur and wine
pioneer Jennifer Klein celebrates
the Upper West Side’s magic with
this romantic spot featuring
eclectic bites, a stellar wine list,
and creative cocktails (try the Love
Potion Number Wine featuring Bulldog
Gin, Prosecco, jasmine essence,
lemon juice and sugar, served in a
"Dakota Bar Offering
to UWS Bar Scene"
by Emily Frost
January 30, 2013
SIDE ?"With a massive marble bar, swiveling chairs,
chandeliers adorned with musical instruments and retro
cocktails, the Dakota Bar is looking to help revive the
bar scene on the Upper West Side.
The bar will have its grand opening on Valentine's Day
following a year of renovations.
"We felt this corner needed something ?something
whimsical," said Jennifer Klein. "There are so few places to
connect and smile and meet your neighbors."
The Dakota Bar will be open from 3 p.m. (until 2 or 3
a.m. daily) with an extensive wine and beer list and a
roster of signature cocktails.
The drinks will "have a nostalgic feeling, using gum
drops, liqueurs, and sugar daddy cocktails and caramel
liqueurs," said Jennifer Klein. She drew inspiration from drinks
she remembers her mother drinking, like the Pink
Squirrel, typically made with creme de noyaux, white
creme de cacao and light cream.
Klein will also serve a variety of wine-based cocktails:
"You could start with Cabernet with fruits and simple
sugar and pick any kind of liqueur."
Or she said she'd mix white wine with vodka and herbs.
"We are here with [older] people who could relate to
nostalgia...and a lot of younger people will [also]
relate," she said.
In April, Klein will debut a "punch brunch" with several
different punches alongside a full brunch menu.
Klein said she and her husband, Todd, who live a block
away, have always had a fascination with the Dakota, and
decided to name the bar after the legendary building.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant fits 100 people and
Klein said, "everywhere you sit, you can see out the
windows." The bar has a wall of south and west facing
windows that will showcase the sunset and can be opened
in the summertime, she said.
A glamour shot of Klein from her modeling days and dark
tables add to the bar's grown-up feel in the
To add to the atmosphere, which features large green bar
chairs and maroon swivel chairs, the bar will "play
great funky music from every era," she said.
Though the Dakota Bar is surrounded by popular
restaurants, Klein said the bar's emphasis is on the
drinks menu. "We're not a restaurant," she said. "We're
a bar first."
However, the food on offer will come in big portions.
The menu includes: 10 salads, 10 pastas, 10 "really big
sandwiches," Charcuterie, pates, and cheese boards with
three to 12 cheeses."
"We want to fill everybody up," she said."
Nightlife Scene Heats Up
by Emily Frost
March 10, 2013
UPPER WEST SIDE ?"Upper
West Siders have long known that if they want a
good drink and a hopping nightlife scene free of
college students and sports bars, they'd have to
head below 59th Street.
All that's changing now,
heat up the after-hours scene uptown, offering
nightlife options upscale enough to complement their
Owners are recognizing that
there's demand for spaces where patrons can stop in
for a pre-theater drink, sit down for a formal
dinner, enjoy a few rounds of cocktails or celebrate
a Saturday night in style...
Klein, who opened The Dakota Bar, said she'd
also noticed the changes and wanted to be part of
"[Columbus] Avenue desperately needs nighttime
places," she said.
Klein said she's happy her
bar is among the new nightlife options and believes
the competition will stir interest.
happened in the Meatpacking District," she said.
"The more things that come up here, it's going to
...Owner Jennifer Klein saw a need for a
along Columbus Avenue that mixed nostalgia with
bold, modern colors and decor to create a new
after-hours place people would seek out. The
Dakota Bar has a sizeable wine selection, but with
'hopping' music and nostalgic cocktails, Klein was
aiming to create a fun, lively bar.
The Dakota Bar seats about 100 people and will serve
food in large portions, said Klein, who added
that seeing a lot of "cool retail stores" on the
avenue signaled to her that it was time for the
dining scene to catch up.
Klein said she has
partnered with the comedy club
72, which is a few blocks west on 72nd Street,
to draw people to her bar after the shows rather
than having them jump on the subway and head
Downtown. "We felt this corner needed something ?
something whimsical," Klein said."
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