We recommend the cortado and the Ridgway Margarita, though not together.
The Polo Bar in Manhattan famously boasts some of the hardest tables to come by in New York – not that regulars such as Mr Woody Allen and Rihanna seem to have a problem. It’s also the inspiration behind Ralph Lauren’s latest venture into hospitality: Ralph’s Coffee & Bar, which recently opened next door to the brand’s Regent Street flagship store. As the name suggests, the house-blend coffee and cocktails are the big draws, but the food is impressive, catering for both American (club sandwiches, cobb salads) and European (tuna tartare, celeriac soup) tastes. The decor – saddle-leather banquettes, a polished-brass bar and dark wood panelling – provides a nod to its equestrian-themed, er, stablemate, and given that it offers just 36 covers, it’s likely to prove just as difficult to get into.