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Drink recommendations near the Metropolitan Museum?

We are coming into town for the weekend and want to take advantage of the Met's late hours on Saturdays (until 9pm). We are staying in Midtown. I was thinking that we might eat early and then go to the Met until late, then try to get a drink afterward nearby. Or, I could do it in the reverse--get a drink in either Midtown or by the Met and eat dinner late.

It doesn't matter to us. Mainly, I am looking for a place that won't be elbow to elbow with a very young crowd and a few nice wines by the glass/decent beer. Thanks for your help.

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  1. You might want to consider Cafe Boulud's Bar Pleiades (separated from the dining room by a short hallway), on 76th, just off Madison. Given the clientele C.B. attracts, I doubt you will be elbow-to-elbow with a young crowd.

    http://www.danielnyc.com/BarPleiades....

    Photos of Bar Pleiades can be seen in this Cafe Boulud set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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    1. re: RGR

      agree with RGR that Bar Pleiades will provide the crowd/vibe you're seeking. I'd like to throw Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle into the mix. Great taste of old New York and bartenders who know how to mix a martini that will roll your socks down.

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      Bemelmans Bar
      35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

      Bar Pleiades
      20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

      1. re: millefeuille

        I appreciate both suggestions. I had looked into Pleiades earlier in the day and given it some thought. Is the Bemelmans at the Carlyle the only bar in there? I've passed through many times but never had a drink. I am thinking that the Carlyle may be more formal than what we need. We are in the under 40 crowd ourselves but just don't particularly relish the intense crowds at some conventional bars. I would dearly love to sit but know that might be too much to ask on a Sat night.

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        Bemelmans Bar
        35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

        1. re: jlstrasb

          I have not been yet - but how about The Mark? Don't know about the bar scene there but perhaps somebody could weigh in...

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I like The Mark for cocktails. I like the drinks as well as the lighting and furniture. That's where I would go.

      2. Since this is on the front page of Google searches even though it's from 2011, thought I'd mention the Met has a rooftop garden with a martini bar open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30, wine other times. Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries.

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        1. re: RockyMcNuts

          Absolutely go to the Met rooftop garden, I always go there when I'm in NY during the summer. You will love the Carlyle, the murals in the Bemelmans Bar are marvelous. I also recommend the Pierre and the Boathouse.

          1. re: RockyMcNuts

            Bring shades & sunscreen (there's very little cover, and IIRC, very few places to sit down).

            1. re: RockyMcNuts

              Although there are drinks served on the roof they are not very good, def not on par with bar at the carlyle or bar pleiades.....