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Oct 28, 2010 07:58 AM

Drinks after Butter

My wife and I are going to Butter for our Anniversary dinner. We are staying in a hotel in Times Square.

I'm looking for somewhere to go for drinks after dinner. We will both be a bit dressed up and are in our mid-20's. Looking for somewhere that we won't stand out with great cocktails. Thanks.

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  1. Temple Bar. It's one of my favorites, and just a few blocks downtown from Butter. The drinks are very well-made, and you will definitely feel comfortable in your fancy clothes.

    1. Try Pegu club in Soho. They are known for their mixologists and the space is nice and sleek.

      Also try Pravda - a Russian martini bar.

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      1. re: banjolinana

        Pegu Club is a tourist-filled screamingly loud nightmare in the after-dinner hours.

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

      2. What day will this be? A lot of the cocktail lounges with great drinks are "no standing" and will have a wait list after dinner on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Unfortunately this not only be saturday but it will be the Saturday before Halloween.

          1. re: rvadog

            The bar at Peels has very good drinks (there's two bars actually, one downstairs and one upstairs), but you may feel out of place if you're super dressed up. The upstairs bar didn't feel especially crowded when I went a few weekends ago on a Saturday night.

            You can also try to make a reservation at PDT (call at 3pm the day of), but it's pretty tough to snag a table there.

            If you don't mind going a bit up town, the bar / lounge area at Eleven Madison Park would work really well.

            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

        2. Head to Death & Co. on E. 6th. Close to Butter and you won't be overdressed.

          Pegu Club is good, but like gutsofsteel said, it can be a bit overwhelming. Little Branch (7th Ave. and Leroy) is another good option, and they don't take reservations so you won't have to work about that. PDT or Milk & Honey would both be great, but Milk & Honey is undoubtedly booked and PDT can be tough to get a res unless you're a persistent dialer.

          Little Branch
          22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

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

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          1. re: loratliff

            Death & Co will likely have a long wait after dinner on a Saturday night. They are never able to give reliable wait time estimates either because some people have one round of drinks while others have five or six. If you arrive too late in the night, you may never get in.

            1. re: kathryn

              Right, but they will take down your phone number and call you when your table's ready. There are plenty of other places to pop in while you wait.

              Additionally, I've always found that they greatly overestimate wait times.

          2. I think you are setting yourself up for a long wait and an unpleasant search if you stay downtown. Maybe consider another neighborhood. You could go to the bar at the Four Seasons.

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