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Favorite bar at a restaurant to eat at?

Hey all,

What's your favorite bar of a restaurant to eat at? Have tried Babbo, David Burke Townhouse. Like the intimate feel of the bar and I don't need a reservation to get into the nicer restaurants (although I do have get there early).
Thoughts?

Thanks!

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  1. Some favorites for dining at the bar (or counter):

    Marea
    The Modern Bar Room
    Casa Mono
    Lupa
    Bar Boulud
    Perilla
    Po (tiny bar but great bartender)
    Ma Peche (limited menu)
    The Wright

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    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Riverman500

      I went to Ma Peche around regular dinner time and sat at a table in the bar area. They offered the full dinner menu, not the bar menu, by default.

      They also have a raw bar in the main dining room where you can sit and have dinner.

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      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    2. La Grenouille, Picholine.

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      Picholine
      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

      La Grenouille
      3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

      1. What are your priorities? People watching? Food? Drinks? A combination of the three?
        Gramercy Tavern has a good bar with solid food. Bar Americain, not a Chowhound favorite, has a great bar with decent apps. The bar at Scarpetta wins points for food AND the amazing house-made chips. Otto's bar is a fine wine/app destination. I could go on...

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        Gramercy Tavern
        42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

        Bar Americain
        152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: steve h.

          1. Drinks
          2. Food
          3. Ppl - ehh

          Thanks for the recs.

          1. re: steve h.

            I love the bar at Scarpetta but I've never had a great cocktail there.

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            Scarpetta
            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: kathryn

              I drink gimlets or martinis there. Deb likes their wine selection. We both love the chips.

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            1. Here's a long thread with a ton of suggestions on places with good bar dining:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759698

              In terms of cocktails, these restaurants have serious cocktail programs in line with the whole craft cocktail movement & some even have bartenders that have worked at places like PDT, etc
              Gramercy Tavern
              Eleven Madison Park
              The Modern
              Vandaag
              Peels
              Ma Peche
              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              Freemans
              WD-50
              'inoteca gramercy
              Minetta Tavern
              Locanda Verde
              Yerba Buena

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              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

              Gramercy Tavern
              42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              Yerba Buena
              23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              'inoteca
              323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              Vandaag
              103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003