My wife and I are looking for a quiet, pleasant clubby place for a cocktail - perhaps at a hotel bar. We used to go to Mark's Bar on the UES but it and the hotel closed. Any suggestions? We'll go anywhere!
For me, both for my NY friends and visitors, it's the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. Classic drinks in a wood panelled room with the newly restored Maxfield Parish mural as backdrop. Can't go wrong here.
To tell you the truth I haven't - I visit NY every 3 months and coudln't do it on my last trip. I hear they've horrible new-age music in it though, they certaily seem to be messing up the dear old Plaza.
That's what I was told as well. My husband went to "check out the bar" at the Mandarin and wasn't impressed, and I think I posted to inquire about it later, and was told that the "good" bar is the one you can't get into unless you are a guest.