The Astor Room’s legacy began in the 1920s, when it was built as the commissary to the movie studio opened by Hollywood icon Adolph Zukor. Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, W.C. Fields—all filmed here, and all made their way to the commissary to enjoy a meal between scenes or to raise a glass before heading out at the end of the day, some to their performances on nearby Broadway in Manhattan.
Today the Astor Room is an everyday destination for those who work and live in the neighborhood, and a trip worth taking for those who don’t. It is a place to indulge in a romantic dinner, share a lazy Sunday brunch with family, or meet friends for a signature cocktail or craft beer after a hard day’s work.
Original architectural details—such as the marble staircase once trod upon by the likes of Claudette Colbert and Edward G. Robinson, and the painted terracotta wall tiles Tallulah Bankhead and the Marx Brothers brushed against in their rush back to the set—are complemented by warm woods, buff-colored walls and a burnished-copper pressed-tin ceiling. The Beaver Bar, so named for a former operator who made his fortune in pelts, is a stylistic throwback to a long-ago speakeasy, where soulful strains of jazz music swirl around guests in an intimate embrace. The cozy outdoor patio is a warmer-weather treat, and a refreshing spot to while away an evening under the glow from the lights of the nearby studio gate, a soaring industrial work of art designed by David Rockwell.
Steeped as it is in history and glamor blended with superb service, fabulous entertainment and classic American cuisine that’s a sensual delight, your experience at the Astor Room will surprise and enchant. Time spent here is always time well spent.