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Mid-town cocktails...I'm parched.

Jill Jul 28, 2006 06:47 PM

Anyone have any thoughts about where to go for a desperately needed post-work drink in mid-town? I'm not interested in some place stuffy or packed. Good atmosphere is key but I'd also like to be able to sit down.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Wilfrid RE: Jill Jul 28, 2006 07:03 PM

    The bar at Alto serves terrific cocktails. Quite small, so the time to hit it is indeed just after work. Later in the evening it will fill up with diners waiting for tables.

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      Bob Martinez RE: Wilfrid Jul 28, 2006 07:33 PM

      Send them to Jimmy's Corner. You know you want to.

    2. Jill RE: Jill Jul 28, 2006 07:27 PM

      Will it break the bank? Just a little worried about that. Otherwise, I think that's exactly what I'm looking for...thanks.

      1. Bob Martinez RE: Jill Jul 28, 2006 07:32 PM

        Un Deux Trois on West 44th is actually pretty reasonable. $8 or $9 martinis. As a bonus, they have food.

        1. Jill RE: Jill Jul 28, 2006 07:34 PM

          So intrigued right now by Jimmy's Corner. What/where is that?

          Okay...update...just looked it up. That's actually a bit more my style, especially the tourist factor which lists at less than 5%, but my friend is a bit more mid-town east than Jimmy's Corner west.

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            Wilfrid RE: Jill Aug 1, 2006 02:47 PM

            Yes, Jimmy's is the finest old school bar you'll find in midtown, if not Manhattan. Boxing memorabilia. Superb jukebox. They'll make you a cocktail, I guess, but no - not what you're looking for.

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            raybird RE: Jill Jul 28, 2006 07:43 PM

            try sakagura for sake! may be a little south of midtown, depending.... 42nd & 3rd ave

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              gutsofsteel RE: Jill Jul 29, 2006 03:44 PM

              Second the recommendation for the bar at Alto. Very good cocktails, nice atmosphere. Cocktails are expensive, but not more than is to be exptected for this level and quality in midtown.

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                belle RE: Jill Jul 29, 2006 07:58 PM

                Brasserie Ruhlmann across from rock center is a good place for drinks. They have a nice bar area with seating, in addition to the outside seating, and very good drinks. I also had the ceviche - i think it was sea bass with avocado and it was quite good. the cheese plate looked great too. the gougeres were cold so i wouldnt do that again.

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                  dbrail RE: Jill Jul 31, 2006 09:29 PM

                  Rooftop bar at Penisula Hotel on 5th Ave @ 55th. Provided it cools down a bit. Drinks are overpriced, but nice setting.

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                    Captain RE: Jill Aug 1, 2006 03:07 PM

                    The saloon in the Oyster Bar in Grand Central. Except for one your way home rush hours, you can almost always sit at the bar. It has free peanuts, a great selection of beer, spirits and wine available by the glass, and a menu with a few good items on it. I know of bars with better slections of beer, or better wine by the glass or whiskey selections, but overall I cannot think of any bar that has a broader or better selection of beverages. I enjoy some of the food (stews, panroasts, simple stuff), but read posts on it before selecting from the menu. It has many detractors.

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