Don’t be fooled by its Spanish name, which means to bull, Toro Lounge in New York City is styled to transport you to Southern France with its look, feel and food. Toro channels the bullfighting city of Arles, where legendary creative geniuses including Vincent Van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway once sought retreat. The 21st Century version of Arles—darker, sleeker, sexier—resides beneath the Smyth TriBeCa.
With rustic wood-paneled walls and dramatic scarlet sofas lushly wrapping the room, Toro lures guests in not unlike a fluttering matador’s cape. The lounge is completed with black leather, an abundance of candlelight and walls covered with French depictions of bullfighting. Signature cocktails are also French-inspired, relying on figs, melons and blood orange paired with French favorites fennel, lavender and orange zest. A range of music, provided by a DJ on Thursdays through Saturdays, keeps the lounge buzzing.
Topping out at 175 capacity, the lounge is lively, but not packed; thematic, but not kitschy; dark, but refined. Next time you feel like venturing to France for a spell, head over to Toro Lounge. And that’s no bull.