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Champagne Cocktail

koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 08:48 AM

When I stayed at the Bellagio in Vegas recently, I had drinks everynight before dinner at the piano bar. There, I had the pleasure of having the most delcious champagne cocktail. In planning a 30th birthday celebration, I am looking for a place to have a similiar cocktail before heading out to dinner. My preference is for a place below 30th street. I have heard good things about Death & Co., but not sure on the location (i.e. where would we go to dinner afterwards). Thoughts...

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    lrbarbie RE: koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 09:00 AM

    I have never been myself, but my friend always talks about Flute which is in Gramercy park. It definetly sounds like what you are looking for. Check it out......


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      italianagambino RE: koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 09:09 AM

      thats what i came on here to suggest...flute...

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        piegirl74 RE: koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 10:05 AM

        I know it's out of your target geographic area, but I went to the Oak Bar at the Plaze Hotel on MY 30th bday for champagne cocktails. The absolute BEST I have ever had. They have recently reopened and I plan to go back soon to see if they are still as yummy.

        The bar at the St. Regis also makes a truly delicious one, but it cost more than I care to admit :-)

        I have never been to Flute - will have to check it out.

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          ChowDiva RE: piegirl74 Nov 13, 2008 11:16 AM

          I was at the bar at the St. Regis about 5 months ago and almost keeled over. If I'm not mistaken the champagne I was drinking was $27 a glass. Avoid the St. Regis. You can have fantastic and more inventive cocktails for far less in places such as Death & Co., PDT, Employees Only, Milk & Honey, The Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, or Tailor.

        2. MsAlyp RE: koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 10:52 AM

          Been to these places, all are great, all can make great champagne cocktails:

          Pegu Club: W. Bway @ W Houston. Has a permant small like of champagne cocktails but can also order classics like French 75. Better for larger groups

          PDT: East Village, St Marks bet 1st ave and ave a
          Faux speakeasy theme, enter though a phone booth in Crif Dogs hot dog shop. Smaller place, amazing drinks. I've ask bartenders there to make me a surprise champagne cocktail before and they always deliver.

          Apotheke: Chinatown, speakeasy theme as well. Been there when it opened and the drinks blew me away, really fresh ingredients not sure how heavy they are on champagne use.

          Flat Iron Lounge: W. 19th street by union sq, same as pegu. Have champagne cocktails listed, they can make upon request, good service, not to small. I like decor at Pegu better though, slightly more classy.

          Also look into Little Branch (7th Ave South).

          Hope this helps!!

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            koc2281 RE: MsAlyp Nov 12, 2008 01:10 PM

            Thanks for the ideas. Flute sounds interesting, but wondering if it is touristy, which is totally not our speed.

            Also interested in Pegu Club. I have never been there, but heard good things about it. Flat Iron is always fun, but can get crowded.

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              MsAlyp RE: koc2281 Nov 12, 2008 01:16 PM

              Angels Share is also in East Village by St Marks if you like that location. If you are interested and have never been to Pegu try it. It's one of my favs because they are always consistent and change their menu often. Right now they have an incredible Early Grey Martini (coming from someone who doesnt like tea OR martinis).

              Just make a reservation though no matter where you go to be safe.

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                Oliverstreet RE: koc2281 Nov 13, 2008 08:41 AM

                Flute's not toursity per se, but it feels sort of generic and dated (the furnishings are definitely showing their age, and not in a good way). I'd go with one of MsAlyp's recs (pref. Pegu or PDT) or Death & Co. It's a super-cool space, and smack in the middle of the EV so there's lots of restaurant options nearby.

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                  koc2281 RE: Oliverstreet Nov 13, 2008 01:28 PM

                  That sounds perfect. Any good restaurant recommendation over there (or a bit more west as we will be traveling back that way). After those cocktails, I assume we would want good food in a fun atmosphere. Something special for the 30th birthday.

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