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Quiet Bar with a view of Manhattan

excelsior May 20, 2007 10:00 AM

My wife is overseas and I have a bunch of work to do but I want to take this evening off by myself. I am new to New York thought it would be nice to have a quiet sundowner and watch the sun set over manhattan. Suggestions much appreciated

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  1. financialdistrictresident RE: excelsior May 20, 2007 11:51 AM

    A few possibilities - Marriot Marquis in midtown (not on a weekend night, a tourist scene, might be ok on Sunday). Ritz Carlton Battery Park downtown, I forget what floor but gorgeous views of Lower Manhattan, etc.

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    1. re: financialdistrictresident
      steve h. RE: financialdistrictresident May 21, 2007 01:55 PM

      rise bar at the ritz carlton has great views of the battery.

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      wineman2926 RE: excelsior May 21, 2007 06:28 AM

      You have a lot of options in the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle actually. Stone Rose is great as long as it's not prime time. The best time to go is early and avoid Thurs-Sat. It's a great comfortable spot IF it's not crowded. The Mandarian Hotel lounge is great, and you don't have to worry about it being noisy or crowded. Also Cafe Grey. I haven't been to Landmarc yet, so I dont't know if there's a view.

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        cricri7 RE: excelsior May 21, 2007 10:31 AM

        You could have a drink at the Rainbow grill at Rockefeller center. I enjoyed the view so much that I stayed for dinner. I had the pasta with lobster (24$) as an entrée and it was very good. The wine by the glass is around 12$ for the cheapest ones. You feel like in the New York of the 1950's where the waiters and elegantly dressed. I enjoyed it very much. It may be a touristy thing to do, but I don't care because I am a tourist:)

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          haydn1796 RE: cricri7 May 24, 2007 01:11 PM

          And wear real shoes. NO athletic shoes, or they won't even let you in the elevator.

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          bronwen RE: excelsior May 21, 2007 01:00 PM

          The bar at the Peninsula Hotel has great views. Also, you could veg out at the River Cafe in Brooklyn and watch the sun set. The roof garden at the Met has a lovely view too.

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            financialdistrictresident RE: bronwen May 21, 2007 06:13 PM

            The bar in The River Cafe is lovely. You walk in the door and smell the aroma of fresh flowers. They might even have music.

          2. ohromujici RE: excelsior May 21, 2007 08:34 PM

            Arthur's Landing is across the Hudson River from Manhattan. It is right on the water and the view is magical. From the bar (which is usually quiet by my standards) you have an unobstructed view of the entire west side of Manhattan. You can take the NY waterway ferry @ 39th st and 12th ave across the river and voila, you are at Arthur's landing. I would recommend going there at night if you are going for the view.

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              meatfan RE: excelsior May 24, 2007 08:59 PM

              Peninsula Hotel has a really nice view and if its nice out - you might be able to sit outside. I know a few years ago you could! I am going to try out the ritz carlton in battery park next time I am downtown!

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