Best Martini in Manhattan--
Martinis come in lots of styles and sizes. The tradtional martini is primarily gin with whatever amount of vermouth you prefer. However, vodka martinis, usually sans vermouth, outsell gin martinis 8 to 1 according to a bartender friend. Who, in your opinion, makes the best tradtional gin/vodka martini (no foofy cosmos, pomegranate, melon, pineapple or other types please) in Manhattan? A few of my favorites...
Ben Benson's - ice cold and so big they are affectionately called "bird baths"
Bemelman's at the Carlyle - Beautifully presented in one of Manhattan's most elegant, old school rooms.
Cru- Mad Men meets the millenium at this sleek, yet tradtional bar that flanks the dining room.
Caviar Russe- Features vodka chilled to MINUS 20 degrees Farenheit in a settling that feels like a billionaire's midtown town house.
A year ago we had great martinis in the lounge area off the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental. Didn't hurt that they were so huge, it took about an hour to drink :) It's one something like the 45th floor and looks out on Central Park.
That Caviar Russe sounds amazing. Back in NY in June. Maybe that will be our splurge.
re: c oliver
Last time we were there we had cocktails at Washington Square Hotel's lounge and my martini was GREAT....and I am kind of a Dirty Martini FREAK...(even have one tattooed on me :)
It was a small lounge, but cozy and the staff oh so nice, could have stayed there all night but had reservations at Babbo, which also serves a great Dirty Martini.
Public has some very interesting martinis - one has rose petals in it. My favorite is the lemon basil.