Pebble Bar is housed in a legendary and historic four-floor townhouse at Rockefeller Center. Formerly a watering hole named Hurley’s (1892-2000), the space has a storied history. Hurley’s was long known for famed regulars like Johnny Carson, who had a personal back entrance, novelist Jack Kerouac, who’s writing on Hurley’s inspired the Pebble Bar name, David Letterman, who regularly filmed on-air on the third floor, and decades of Saturday Night Live cast and staff, who dubbed the space “Studio 1-H.”
On the ground floor, a welcoming foyer is paneled in oak and tiled in a mosaic design. The second floor is built around a back-lit bar and offers dark stone tables, brass drink rails, vintage RCA speakers and a view over Sixth Avenue. The third floor features a marble-lined oyster bar and a dining room that seats 35 around leather-upholstered, curved banquettes. The top floor, which is reserved for private parties, is reverently called Johnny’s, after Carson. It can host up to 50, has a bar, sofas and black piano, and is accessible via a hidden entrance in Rockefeller Center.
There's a tightly focused prix-fixe menu which threads Japanese, Korean, and Mexican flavors through seafood and seasonal vegetable dishes - from king crab dressed with passionfruit drawn butter; chilled lobster; big-eye tuna with pickled cherry tomatoes to parker house rolls with black truffle and a soy butter glaze.
East and West Coast oysters with an apple mignonette; whole Maine lobster with horseradish cream and pear-habanero relish; and a traditional shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce; smoked and torched mackerel with scallion-ginger puéee; and burnt cheesecake with brandy caramel.
Martini 1-H (named for “Studio 1-H,” the nickname NBC crew members gave Hurley’s) and the Carousel (named after a nearby jazz club), made with mezcal, pineapple, cinnamon, chipotle, Campari and lime.