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tdp
August 19th, 2007, 03:27 PM
A travelling companion of mine wants to sample a Manhattan in Manhattan....

We are looking for a 'relaxed' venue for a few drinks - simply to celebrate our holiday in New York.

Nothing to raucous and noisy, but with some good ambience, for a laugh and a chat and a touch of 'people watching' (on a Sunday night).

We'll be in the midtown area - but a little travelling is not a problem.

Any sugggestions?

pacz
August 19th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Drinks at the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 35th floor, great views of Central Park. Go at just before dusk and watch the lights come on.

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/532000040.asp (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/532000040.asp)

The Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel, plus it has a Pool Table!

http://www.hudsonhotel.com/hudson_hotel_library.asp

And the famous Monkey Bar at the Hotel Elysee

http://www.elyseehotel.com/monkey.asp

Enjoy!

Schadenfrau
August 19th, 2007, 06:54 PM
All great bars, but I'm not sure they meet anyone's definition of "relaxed." Could you clarify what you mean by that, TDP?

ablarc
August 19th, 2007, 07:01 PM
The bar at Cafe des Artistes.

Sparkling surroundings and clientele render every conversation scintillating. Strike one up with your neighbor at the bar or rely on a knowledgable barkeep; they all know how to hold their end of any discourse. Last time I got an Ecuadorian who was at once lexicon and jester. He also knew how to fix any drink au point.

A pleasure and a deep relaxation.

(67th St., just off Central Park West.)

Schadenfrau
August 19th, 2007, 09:48 PM
Well, if we're going for all this, I'll suggest Bemelmans in the Carlyle Hotel. They make the best cocktails in the city:

http://nymag.com/listings/bar/bemelmans_bar/

tdp
August 20th, 2007, 07:04 AM
All great bars, but I'm not sure they meet anyone's definition of "relaxed." Could you clarify what you mean by that, TDP?

By 'relaxed' I mean a little laid back, with places to sit, not too noisy (so we can hold a conversation without having to shout in someone's ear).
Music in the background, rather than foreground.

harsaphes
August 20th, 2007, 07:30 AM
well its certainly not midtown, but my favorite "summer" bar, is hands down, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park. 14th floor, inside, outside, great drinks, and great bar food, and the view of the harbor is great.

Front_Porch
August 20th, 2007, 03:35 PM
Steak Frites (a Union Square bistro, less stuffy than some of these other recommendations, but also louder) makes a particularly good Manhattan

www.steakfritesnyc.com

Any steakhouse, in fact, will do a credible job . . .you might want to spend an extra dollar or two to get a "Maker's Manhattan" = a Manhattan made with Maker's Mark bourbon.

ali r.
{downtown broker, former bartender}

tdp
August 20th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Thank you all for those ideas - we will certainly be checking some of those bars and lounges out.
If only our time wasn't so limited!
I like the idea of the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental and the Top of the Tower - anywhere that my friends can drink and I can drink in the view!

One evening, we are going to the Blue Note (on West 3rd) for a 10.30 performance - any suggestions for bars near here for a pre-show drink?
'Come as you are' sort of places this time - jeans and trainers.
We are happy to dress 'smart casual', but will only be packing a limited amount of that kind of clothing.

29 days and counting....!!! :)