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!
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.
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.