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Any hot spot for Pre-Dinner drinks before Tao?

I'm taking my boyfriend out for his birthday at Tao and made a late reservation so it's a more lively atmosphere. I would like to find a great place for drinks before we get dinner. Anyone know of any trendy bars or restaurants with a bar? Don't want to be too expensive since I'm sure dinner will be.. But all suggestions are welcome and much appreciated!!

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Tao
42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Next door at Four Seasons Hotel! Expensive but you will save on cab fare!

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      The Four Seasons is trendy? This is news to me. Are you basing this on a recent visit? Also, the OP specifically requested not too expensive, and if the Four Seasons is anything, it is most definitely too expensive.

      Serafina's really the only thing I can think of in that neighborhood, and I would recommend it only half-heartedly. Is Ma Peche's bar a good place to sit?

      1. re: small h

        They have a nice bar but it's not very trendy.

        1. re: small h

          ok, ok maybe not "trendy" but nice. Or you can go to the gay bar next door prior-forgot name of it-right next to Four Seasons same side of street.

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

      2. Tao is the place to have drinks before Tao. Go to the upstairs bar to mix it up

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        1. re: princeofpork

          Yeah, I always thought of Tao as the amusing trendy theme-park place to go for drinks, before going somewhere good to eat.

        2. just across from Tao is Lavo. i haven't been, but it's being promoted as a big, all out, Vegas style place. it's definitely trendy. can't say if it's worthy of the hype.

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          Lavo
          39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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            1. re: coasts

              Second Lavo

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              Lavo
              39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

            2. appreciate it! thanks guys!