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Drinks before Mesa Grill

Can anyone recommed a place to have a few drinks before dinner at Mesa Grill. The area around Mesa seems a bit of a wasteland, but maybe something within ten blocks or so?

Thanks.

Lloyd

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Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Flatiron Lounge is very liked by people who like high-end cocktails. There's another such place a few doors down, not remembering name. I think Flatiron is a bit more glossy. Boqueria? Spanish.
    Raines Law Rooms - around the corner almost from Mesa; use Search for actual drink quality.

    Also, what about Mesa. It looks like drinks would be festive and quite good. Though maybe you want the different-places experience?

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    Boqueria
    53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Flatiron Lounge
    37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Raines Law Room
    48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: yebo

      Second Flatiron. It's better on non weekend nights though. Gets a bit crowded and loud.

      Rye House is around there too but way more crowded and loud. A lot of the people who are there don't seem to be ordering the house cocktails, which are really good.

      Boqueria is more wine than cocktails.

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      Boqueria
      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      Rye House
      11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

    2. It is a bit of a wasteland. The bar at Gotham Bar & Grill is very nice, a gracious and pretty space. I must say that I had an absolutely appalling experience at the Flatiron Lounge and nothing would persuade me to go back.

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      Gotham Bar and Grill
      12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Deb Van D

        What happened at Flatiron? Did you have bad service or bad drinks or both?
        JeremyEG
        homecooklocavore.com

        1. re: JeremyEG

          Both, actually. We were unfashionably early and the person who made the drinks was no bartender. If you thought a poorly made drink would cut you some slack on the price you would be sorely mistaken. I can get over a lot of things, but a slightly warm slightly sweet martini isn't one of them. The whole vibe felt kind of Playschool.

      2. 10 blocks is a big range - that takes you as low as 5th street - so you have places like PDT on 8th, angels share on 9th, etc.

        but to be really close i would go with flatiron lounge, hands down

        1. on 15th between 5th and union sq west is park bar. crowd can be loud at times but a solid place for a drink right by mesa grill. though, why would you go to mesa grill?

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          1. re: sam1

            I thought about having drinks at Mesa but figured checking out a cocktail lounge might be more interesting.

            1. re: LloydG

              i think sam1 was questioning your choice of restaurant, not asking why you don't just have drinks at the bar @Mesa Grill.

          2. Rye House would be a good option. 17th/5th.

            As for cocktails there, I recommend the Convivialist. ;)

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            Rye House
            11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

            1. Check out the offerings at Tocqueville, about a block away. Not inexpensive, but v v classy.

              1. there's also the Underbar at the W Hotel in USQ.

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                Underbar
                201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

                1. We ended up at the Flatiron Lounge, which ws not crowded (we were there from about 7:15 until 8:30). Had a couple of good cocktails and then headed to Mesa Grill. I hadn't been to Mesa in years, but I quite enjoyed the meal. It may not be the latest or best addition to the NYC dining scene, but the food was reliably good.

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                  Mesa Grill
                  102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                  Flatiron Lounge
                  37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011