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Cocktails with client - HELP!

bosun Nov 7, 2007 10:24 AM

I am taking a client who is a Designer/Architect out for drinks in the rock center area. I was thinking London Bar but heard that the actual bar is small. I don't want to show up and not have a place to sit or be comfortable. Please help me pick a place that will impress this high end client!

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  1. Spiritchaser RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 10:34 AM

    It is small and there isn't a lot "going one" with the design (I love the food at the restaurants but the bar area is a bit lackluster). I don't know if you want just a bar or a happenin' place but if you are looking for quiet/cool place look at the bar in the Warwick Hotel, it's really a throw back to the old days. It may be a little out of the area but there is always The 21 Club. Or for more (much more) laid back there is St Andrew's on 44th. This has no design element going for it but if your client happens to like Scotch, this is the place.

    1. MMRuth RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 10:37 AM

      What about the bar at the Four Seasons hotel? Lofty space, good cocktails, not too far from that area (57th Street). Also, they serve drinks in the spacious lounge area.

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        Spiritchaser RE: MMRuth Nov 7, 2007 10:39 AM

        Would be a really good choice, just thought may be too far out of the OP range.

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          bosun RE: Spiritchaser Nov 7, 2007 10:55 AM

          what about alto? i heard that they had really interesting cocktails.

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            MMRuth RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 10:56 AM

            I did have a great Vodka "martini" at Alto - but not at the bar.

      2. LNG212 RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 10:41 AM

        What about the Campbell Apartment? It's not all that far from where you'll be. And it certainly is a fantastic space.

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          Spiritchaser RE: LNG212 Nov 7, 2007 11:16 AM

          Campbell Apartment - Another good suggestion.

          What do you all think of The Silverleaf? We've been in several times just for drinks and always like it. It may be out of the OP's range but it's in a an awfully nice area.

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          MellieMac RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 11:17 AM

          Why not go up to the Rainbow Room Grill for a drink. If it is a beautiful night, there isnt a more lovely view!

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            MMRuth RE: MellieMac Nov 7, 2007 11:21 AM

            I love the bar up there, and when I first moved to NYC and a friend or I had had a bad day, we would head up there for a drink or too that we could ill afford. I wonder though, if this is a sophisticated, upscale, perhaps jaded client, it might be a bit too sentimental or hokey for them (neither of which I mean negatively).

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              bosun RE: MMRuth Nov 7, 2007 11:55 AM

              I thought of that. Might be a good idea.

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                Spiritchaser RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 12:04 PM

                I had to jump back in to the conversation to add my two cents. For a business type drink I think the RB Room would be a very bad idea, way too touristy and it's lost some of it's polish. I agree it can be the right place for certain things but I don't think this would be one (this is just my opinion).

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                  MMRuth RE: Spiritchaser Nov 7, 2007 12:06 PM

                  Yes - that's what I was trying to get at - maybe in too subtle a fashion!

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                    Spiritchaser RE: MMRuth Nov 7, 2007 12:10 PM

                    I don't think you were to subtle (I figured it out and I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer). I was just backing you up...

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                      MMRuth RE: Spiritchaser Nov 7, 2007 12:12 PM

                      Thanks! I have a number of Latin American rather sophisticated clients and I think they'd find it "cheesy"!

                      Edit - and to be clear (rather than subtle) - I think it is a wonderful NY place, just not maybe the right one for this occasion. And it sure did raise the spririts of my friends and I when we went there - in our early 20s in the early 90s!

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                      MellieMac RE: MMRuth Nov 7, 2007 12:11 PM

                      Hmmmmm, interesting. And boy there seem to be alot of tourists around!

            2. bosun RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 11:19 AM

              Thanks for all the help!

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                MMRuth RE: bosun Nov 7, 2007 11:27 AM

                Do let us know what you choose and "if it fits the bill" so to speak.

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                  bosun RE: MMRuth Nov 7, 2007 11:54 AM

                  Will do!

              2. BrookBoy RE: bosun Nov 8, 2007 06:01 AM

                In addition to the excellent suggestions in this thread let me add:

                Morrell Wine Bar, right there in Rock Center
                Algonquin Hotel, which has several bars and all that great literary history
                The View Lounge in the Marriott Marquis hotel — somewhat kitschy, but great views
                The Modern, right there at MOMA

                Best of luck with your client.

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                  LNG212 RE: BrookBoy Nov 8, 2007 06:03 AM

                  Oh, the Algonquin is lovely. I'd forgotten about that place (only been there once). It was really great -- classic drinks, piano player.

                2. dkstar1 RE: bosun Nov 8, 2007 06:11 AM

                  Yeah, Campbell Apartment or maybe even Brasserie.

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                    peckish RE: bosun Nov 8, 2007 07:02 AM

                    Gilt at the New York Palace Hotel is a stunning place - quite pricey, but the lounge area has a really impressive contemporary architectural design, that could be good for impressing your client. www.giltnewyork.com

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