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Need a place for good cocktails/drinks near Columbus Circle tonight. I like Stone Rose, but it's a little aggressively sexy, and I'm looking for something with similar quality cocktails but a more low-key atmosphere. I'm also considering The Library at Hudson Hotel, or drinks at Bar Boulud (if they have them, as DBGB does - all I see on the webiste is the menu). Any suggestions or opinions on the above welcome.

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Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Stone Rose
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

The Library
356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Marea, Picholine, Ma Peche, Lincoln, and Boulud Sud all have very nice bars. I'm not a big drinker though so I can't comment on the quality of their cocktails, but I assume they're all on the same level as DBGB and Stone Rose.

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

    Stone Rose
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Boulud Sud
    20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: H Manning

      I've never *just* had a drink there, but I've been very impressed with the cocktail program at Ma Peche.

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

    2. http://www.nickandtoniscafe.com/

      I had a good Manhattan there after a work meeting in the area. I can't attest to the food though as I only had a drink. But atmosphere wise this could be what you looking for.

      1. Cafe des Artistes, on 67th St. just off Central Park West, just reopened as the Leopard at CdA. I always liked the bar there and loved the murals, which have been preserved.

        Does anyone know if this might fit the bill?

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        The Leopard at des Artistes
        1 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: rteplow

          I went a couple of times at Robert in the Arts and design museum at 2 Columbus circle. It has a great view of Central park and the restaurant is beautiful. I never had dinner there but went a couple of times for drinks.

          There is also the bar in the Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill. The bartenders are excellent there! Their yuzu margarita is the best.

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          Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
          308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

          Robert
          2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        2. How about the bar at the Mandarin Oriental? Not cheap, but a nice spot.

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          MObar
          80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

          1. The Empire Hotel Lobby is a pretty good place for drinks in this area. Very dark and modern, yet low key. I enjoy it, it is somewhere in the middle - not too glam, but not too casual. Bar Boulud has no bar area that I would feel comfortable drinking (and not eating) in, so I might advise against it. However, they do have a fantastic wine list!

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            Bar Boulud
            1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023