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Hi, This is to celebrate my husband's b'day. He is very picky with both ambience/drinks. Some of his favorite places(in no particular order) are Mandarin Oriental lobby lounge, Palace hotel bar, King Cole bar, Gramercy Park Hotel bar, Modern bar, MOMA 4th floor bar.....

Any suggestions for a very unique experience in NYC?


Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

King Cole Bar
2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Campbell Apartment could be a good place to start out the night. It attracts a big happy hour crowd on weeknights ... not sure what the crowd is like later on in the night or on weekends. Might want to do some reconnaissance beforehand.

    Also the former Salon de Ning has a great large rooftop area (top of the Peninsula Hotel). I can't testify to the quality of cocktails but last time I was there I think I was struggling to find a drink under $20.

    Campbell Apartment
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

    Salon de Ning
    700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    1. Bar Pleaides

      1. Pegu Club has the greatest drinks. The ambience, however, is not so upscale as the places you mentioned, it has a more downtown flavor. Very nice if you go when it's not crowded. You will not find drinks like theirs elsewhere. Bar snacks are great too.

        I agree with asiansupper, Cambell Apartment is very lovely and you won't find any slobs there. Drinks are good and strong, waitresses wear black dresses and pearls. Classy all around.

        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: grouchomarx

          Hi, We had stopped by Campbell apartment recently - did'nt stay for drinks but it looked musty (my opinion). Bar Pleaides was also ~ ok.. Hav'nt tried Pegu Club yet.

          I just made reservations for the Private Rooftop Bar at the Gramercy Hotel. Any opinions?


          Pegu Club
          77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012