Good martini near Shimizu?
Going to Shimizu tonight and looking for a place to have a good martini - like one might get at Keens for example - in the area around 51st and 8th Ave. Some things I'm trying to avoid: loud music, bad bartenders, theater district ripoffs - though I'm happy to pay premium for a well stirred cocktail in a pleasant environment. Any suggestions?
Good plan! A martini before Shimizu sounds like a great evening. I actually had a very good martini at the bar at Shimizu. They had very good gin (I believe Plymouth). I don't think the bartender had too many customers order one so I walked him through it. Still, good olives and very good stuff. Probably not as good as the sushi you'll have right after.
You could also try Marseille. Not too far away.
I can't vouch for it specifically, but I believe that Vice Versa is right across the street. They may be able to make a good martini. Enjoy Shimizu!