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Apr 29, 2008 07:20 AM

Wine Bars for Grownups in Flatiron area?

I am planning my sister's 20th anniversary weekend in NY and she is letting me arrange restaurants and interesting places to visit.

On the first night of their arrival (next week), I've got them booked into Eleven Madison Park for dinner but it's an early reservation. Anyone have some suggestions for great wine bars, cocktail bars in the area?

They're super stylish, young at heart fifty year olds who love to people watch.

Could you help us out? I haven't lived in NY in 8 years so my info is a little outdated.

I've got them booked at Babbo and one of Daniel Boulud's restos too so lucky them!

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  1. Aside from just going to restaurants' bars, e.g., the bar at Gramercy Tavern or Craftbar, there are Flute, Metrocafe and Wined Up in the area. I think that Flute and Metrocafe appeal to a younger crowd and tend to be loud and crowded (because you can stand). Wined Up, which is a flight of stairs above Punch, is a table-service wine bar with small plates to eat if you'd like. Out of the three, it's my favorite (and I'm only 27). The people watching there isn't the greatest, though, for the same reasons I've just listed.

    Probably the best cocktail bar in the area is Flatiron Lounge on 19th St. between Fifth and Sixth. If you go early then you can get a booth and the drinks are excellent.

    1. I second Flatiron Lounge.

      1. They could always walk over to the Gramercy Park hotel and have a drink in the Jade Bar. The Rose Bar is gorgeous but they close it to non-guests and many people after 7:00PM. If they were to have a pre-dinner drink, then the Rose Bar is a fabulous place to watch people.

        On Irving Place near 17th Street, there is Cibar (but it gets loud and somewhat crowded) and directly across the street, a new wine bar, Pierre Loti. Also in the vicinity, I've enjoyed a cocktail at the W Hotel lobby on 17th and Park.

        I agree with Flatiron Lounge as a terrific drinking spot.

        Also might be fun for them to have a glass at the bar of CraftBar.

        900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

        Flatiron Lounge
        37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Pierre Loti
        53 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Gramercy Park Hotel
        2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

        56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

        1. I pretty much agree with everything jakew8 said Flatiron Lounge for cocktails or the bar at Gramercy Tavern. The Tavern Iis just a great lively spot to people watch and have some good wine and cocktails. I would sit there all day if I could.

          Another possibility may also be Bar Stuzzichini which is right around the corner. They have some big windows that are great for people watching when it's not to crowded.

          1. Fantastic martinis at cibar on irving--