There was a time, long ago, when I would spend hours getting primped and primed just to hang out, as a regular, in this kind of bar - let me state emphatically - those days are well and truly gone!
Jimmy is way too hip for me - no question. If you are of a certain age you might not feel inclined to push through the models however it is a gorgeous bar and definitely worth enduring the doorman's disapproving gaze for the view alone. As it was on the top floor of my hotel I didn't have to go far or suffer the queue so I must admit to visiting 3 times during the 2 weeks I was staying at The James. Each and every time I felt rather less than glamourous but it was fun to people watch and most importantly take in the most sensational vista! Soooo NY sweetie! Fabulous spot for FABULOUS people ( albeit a lot younger and prettier than myself and my friends!) and it was a bit of a giggle to be reminded how seriously we used to take ourselves.... ha!
Here's a peek - both evening and late afternoon (October 2011)