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keziah Oct 13, 2010 11:21 AM

I am performing at Carnegie Hall on Saturday afternoon and want to invite friends for drinks after the concert. Can anyone recommend a nice bar within 10 mins walk of the hall suitable for the occasion...it will be early evening and I want to be able to sit and chat...
thanks...

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    Littleman Oct 13, 2010 01:47 PM

    Kennedy's is a nice Irish Pub and Restaurant with good food and a friendly atmosphere. McGee's would be a good choice also.

    Kennedy's @ 327 W 57th Street, New York, NY 212 - 759 - 4242.
    http://kennedys-irish-restaurant-of-new-york.ypguides.net/
    McGee's Pub and Restaurant @ 240 West 55th Street, New York, NY 212 - 957 - 3536.
    http://mcgeespub.com/

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      gutsofsteel Oct 13, 2010 04:12 PM

      I don't think and Irish pub is what you have in mind...

      The bar at the Four Seasons is close by and it's lovely.

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      The Four Seasons
      99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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        Littleman Oct 13, 2010 07:49 PM

        I like Irish Pub's. They won't be near as busy as the Four Season's Bar. I love the Four Season's Hotel. I have stayed there often. But the bar is not lovely. It's a very big bar in a very big room that can be unfriendly. It's also ultra modern. You can feel lost in the big bar area. You could sit and chat if it's not busy but it gets very crowded at times. I don't recall being in there when it wasn't packed. If you are going to walk that distance go to the bar at The Pierre Hotel. It's a fun place and very intimate.

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          MMRuth Oct 14, 2010 04:57 AM

          There are two bars at the Four Seasons - I think the one near the 57th Street entrance might be a bit smaller.

          I also like the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis, but as others have said, it is usually crowded.

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          The Four Seasons
          99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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

        2. Phil Ogelos Oct 13, 2010 07:59 PM

          The Oak Room in the Plaza: nice old New York vibe;
          The Pierre and the Sherry-Netherland -both opposite- but a little too precious, each of them, for my taste.
          Slightly closer to home, Seppi's, inside the Parker Meridien (and about a thirty second walk from Carnegie Hall) I've always found a nice place.

          If you're going to go as far away as the Four Seasons -a hike, really, not "close by"- then you'd find a good dollop more character in the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis.

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          The Four Seasons
          99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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

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            gutsofsteel Oct 13, 2010 08:03 PM

            I adore the King Cole Room bar.

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

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              Littleman Oct 13, 2010 08:39 PM

              The OP requested a nice bar within 10 minutes of CH. The FS's was mentioned then I mentioned The Pierre and you have mentioned the St. Regis. The suggestions get further and further from CH. Seppi's might be the answer. I stayed there but it was a long time ago. I don't remember a lot about the bar.

              I agree on the Oak Bar but you cannot find a seat there after 5 PM 9 out of 10 times. The St. Regis Hotel is a fine hotel and I enjoyed every visit I made there but the bar's about the size of a match box and very crowded. I would hate to see the OP perform at CH and walk a mile to King Cole and find it packed. I believe the OP would prefer some place close and not quite so busy. Manhattan hotel bars stay too busy. Maybe late at night they are not as busy but anytime between 5 and 10 PM they are all packed.

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

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                Phil Ogelos Oct 14, 2010 05:41 AM

                I agree that some of the recommendations here have pushed the geo-temporal boundaries set by the OP [that's what brought Seppi's to mind].

                I have to disagree with your Oak Room call, though: I've been meeting a woman there every Thursday evening at eight p.m. since this past Labor Day, and 9 times out of 10, you *can* get a seat at that hour. The thing about the Oak Room is that turnover there is brisk: it may look packed at 7:45 and seem nearly deserted at 8:10. [The King Cole room is more usually packed, yes, because people come and stay, and stay -in a space that's one-third the size of the Plaza's.]

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

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                  Littleman Oct 14, 2010 07:20 AM

                  Phil..........you keep meeting the lady at the Oak Bar every Thursday at 8 PM and we will see how the record stands on our next Labor Day. I hope you are right. The best luck I have had was before 5 PM when everyone was at work. I could get a seat but I don't drink at 5 PM. I start at 6 PM. Good luck to you and your lady friend.

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                    coasts Oct 18, 2010 08:12 PM

                    Seppi's has closed, unfortunately.

                    I would suggest the Stone Rose - 4th floor at Time Warner.

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                    Stone Rose
                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                bronwen Oct 14, 2010 08:05 AM

                Petrossian is very restful. There's also the Russian Tea Room.

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                Russian Tea Room
                150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

                Petrossian
                182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

                1. Bob Martinez Oct 14, 2010 08:21 AM

                  I'm enjoying reading all the replies to this thread but it might narrow down the field if you define what you mean by "nice bar." Supplying a couple of examples of bars that fit your definition would be even more helpful.

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                    keziah Oct 14, 2010 10:03 AM

                    Thank you for all the suggestions everyone! As it is a very special occasion, not an Irish bar but I think I have decided on a cocktail at the bar of the London (as I am an english girl in New York and it fits my recital theme!)...we'll then move on...I want go to the King Cole bar so thanks for that rec...after all that, i'll probably need to go home and sleep for a month!!

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

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                      Phil Ogelos Oct 14, 2010 10:10 AM

                      The most important thing is your recital, k: more than any meal (for the mouth), of course.
                      And 'London" is a great choice. Our hearts and ears are with you!

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                        Stuartmc910 Oct 14, 2010 12:17 PM

                        There is 81/2 at 9 West 57th Street. I just went to the CH website and judging by that lovely purple dress you are wearing, 8 1/2 is for you!!

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                          Phil Ogelos Oct 14, 2010 07:52 PM

                          I don't know about 8.5 as a bar or grill -it's been at least a year since I've been- but stuart's spot on: the staircase leading down into that space is really, really something: fit for a queenly entrance.

                          [Maybe you could get your claque to wait for you at the bottom and clap for their supper!]

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                            Stuartmc910 Oct 15, 2010 07:08 AM

                            You are so right.
                            " I'm ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille."

                  2. Phil Ogelos Oct 18, 2010 02:46 PM

                    How did your recital go, keziah?
                    And how was the London -is that the Gordon Ramsay enterprise?

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                      griller in the mist Oct 19, 2010 07:49 AM

                      the entrance to the parker meridian is a nice place to sit and have a drink. Its sort of a hallway but still pleasant. Altho I am sure this is too late.

                      God luck

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                        rainbow2 Feb 15, 2014 05:38 AM

                        Went to Carnegie Hall last night and had drinks at the bar in the London Hotel. Perfect venue for pre show. Very festive and bustling . There are little banquette areas, kind of a throw back to glam 50-60's and I had a ginger cosmopolitan and my husband had a wonderful Cabernet. Not too loud to have a conversation. It is a good find. Thank you CH ers!

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                          Leinie61 Feb 17, 2014 10:35 AM

                          We'll be attending a performance there in a couple weeks, so thanks for bring this topic current. Looking forward to pre-show food and post-show snacks and drinks nearby, too. Any suggestions, CH'ers?

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                            kathryn Feb 17, 2014 10:43 AM

                            We usually do Bar Room at the Modern or Ma Peche. Check hours/days of the week, though. I think the Bar Room at the Modern closes earlier on Sundays.

                            Quality Meats and Quality Italian are also near by.

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                              Leinie61 Feb 18, 2014 06:04 PM

                              What about any other choices for great happy hours, drinks and food, anywhere in the city? And thanks for your help. I've enjoyed lurking the boards to plan for our NYC trip.

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                                kathryn Feb 18, 2014 06:06 PM

                                You should probably start a new thread with what you're looking for, price ranges, neighborhoods, etc if you're not constrained by being near Carnegie Hall.

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                                  Leinie61 Feb 18, 2014 06:09 PM

                                  Gotcha. Thanks. Just stream of conscious while asking the question.

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                              Elisa515 Feb 17, 2014 03:19 PM

                              On 56th Street, across the street from the stage door of Carnegie Hall, there is a lovely elegant bar space in sort of a library.

                              For all I know it's called the "Library Bar" but I honestly don't know. Sometimes they shine a light onto the sidewalk in front that shows a martini glass.

                              Does anyone know the name of this place? Even without the name, it's easy to find.

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                                gavspen Feb 17, 2014 03:25 PM

                                Perhaps you are referring to the Carnegie Club?

                                http://hospitalityholdings.com.s16878...

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                                  Elisa515 Feb 17, 2014 05:53 PM

                                  Yes, that looks right. Although I don't remember people smoking cigars. Thanks!

                                  I also liked the bar at Trattoria Del Arte, which is across 7th Avenue from Carnegie Hall between 56th and 57th Street. Haven't been there in a few years, though.

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                                    gavspen Feb 18, 2014 08:12 AM

                                    I just read that cigar bars opened before the smoking ban (2003) were "grandfathered in", so to speak, but I didnt realize this place had been there that long. Guess so.

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                                      Elisa515 Feb 18, 2014 02:05 PM

                                      Yes, it's definitely been there that long--but I don't remember anyone smoking cigars when I was last there.

                                      I doubt anyone would feel overwhelmed by cigar smoke if just going there for drinks and other ambiance.

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                                        Ttrockwood Feb 18, 2014 02:29 PM

                                        Giuliani was a cigar smoker himself and therefore made exceptions....

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                                          small h Feb 18, 2014 02:49 PM

                                          <Giuliani was a cigar smoker himself and therefore made exceptions....>

                                          I think you mean Bloomberg.

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                                  Ttrockwood Feb 17, 2014 03:24 PM

                                  If the timing works for you the happy hour at ma peche (4:30-7pm) would be an option:
                                  http://momofuku.com/new-york/ma-peche...

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                                    Leinie61 Feb 18, 2014 06:01 PM

                                    I think we'll make time for Ma Peche...it would be the first Momofuku restaurant for us

                              2. ipsedixit Feb 17, 2014 06:41 PM

                                Nowadays (as opposed to in October 2010 when OP posted), I might look at Marea, or maybe Rotisserie Georgette which is a bit further away, but walkable within 10 minutes.

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