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Sep 21, 2009 06:52 PM

Quality Cocktails- Midtown


Anyone have recommendations for quality cocktails in midtown? We are staying at the Warwick, so somewhere nearby would be great-
Fresh Ingredients are a must!
I'm looking for interesting infusions, creative drinks and new twists on old classics in a sophisticated setting.
Open to suggestions!

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  1. It's not particularly creative but the King Cole bar at the St. Regis is great for classic cocktails.

    For infusions, Russian Samovar.

    1. The Oak Bar at the Plaza for classic, classy cocktailing

      1. Two of my favorites sophisticated places for cocktails are the Flatiron Lounge and the Pegu Club (definitely has new twists on old classics).

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        1. re: Gigi007

          2nd the Flatiron Lounge.

          I heard mixed review of Raines Law Room, but haven't been myself.

          1. re: travpard

            <I heard mixed review of Raines Law Room, but haven't been myself.>

            I have. The drinks are very good, although they're on the small side. But the speakeasy thing - you have to be buzzed in, you're crunched into a teeny booth and curtained off - is just annoying. Please let this trend die.

            Also, the OP requested suggestions in midtown. Raines, Flatiron & Pegu are not in midtown.

            1. re: small h

              Agreed on how annoying the speakeasy thing is. Seriously.

              And you're right about the OP wanting recs in midtown! Maybe the Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel would do? IMHO, it's not as interesting or fun as Flatiron or Pegu, but the atmosphere is sophisticated and drinks are good.

              1. re: Gigi007

                The bar at the Carlyle on E. 77 is elegant.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Who knew that chipmunks had such good taste? :)

        2. 48 (or actually Forty Eight) is a very new, very classy bar/lounge with an incredible staff and really nice inventive drinks.

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          1. re: Spiritchaser

            I've not been there yet. I assume it's on 48th street? What are the cross avenues?

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                Thanks, I think I'll check it out tonight.

          2. And the Bar at the MoMA, great cocktails there

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            1. re: Spiritchaser

              I second the Bar at MoMa, though it can also get crowded. I'd also suggest the campbell apartment at Grand Central station. I havent' had anything more than a basic cocktail but the setting is fantastic. Sort of like having a drink in some Robber Baron's library, like JP Morgan or William Randolph Hearst. If the weather is nice, there is a rooftop bar at the Peninsula but haven't been there in ages

              1. re: preppie foodie

                I love the Campbell Apartment, but some people I've gone with didn't like the crowd. Still I think it's worth a visit for the setting alone. The Bar at the MoMa is also nice