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Cocktails with client - HELP!

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. 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. 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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      1. re: MMRuth

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

        1. re: Spiritchaser

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

          1. re: bosun

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

      2. 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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        1. re: LNG212

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: MellieMac

            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).

            1. re: MMRuth

              I thought of that. Might be a good idea.

              1. re: bosun

                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).

                1. re: Spiritchaser

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

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    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...

                    1. re: Spiritchaser

                      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!

                    2. re: MMRuth

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

              1. re: bosun

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

              2. 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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                1. re: BrookBoy

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

                2. Yeah, Campbell Apartment or maybe even Brasserie.

                  1. 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