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, it
has become an instant hit..."
Emily Smith PAGE SIX
October 17, 2013
will celebrate her birthday with
her lovely Dakota Bar
on the Upper West Side..."
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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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
May 13, 2013
THE BARHOPPERS PLAYBOOK
New York Magazine
NAMES Dakota Bar:
The Upper West Side's
"...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..."
..."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 Wine ($14)..."
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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November 19, 2013
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
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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
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Copyright 2012 - 2014 by Jennifer
Klein. All rights reserved.
The Dakota Bar - TM
"Neighborhood native 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
"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."
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March 27, 2013
Atmosphere Excellent - Decor Excellent - Service
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
-- Frances Apgar
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Upper West Side's
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, as restaurateurs
heat up the
after-hours scene uptown, offering nightlife options upscale
enough to complement their food menus.
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...
...Jennifer Klein, who opened The Dakota Bar, said she'd
also noticed the changes and wanted to be part of the comeback.
"[Columbus] Avenue desperately needs nighttime places," she
Klein said she's happy her bar is among the new nightlife options and believes the competition will stir interest.
"It happened in the Meatpacking District," she said. "The more
things that come up here, it's going to bring people....
...Owner Jennifer Klein saw a need for a sophisticated bar
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,
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
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,"
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