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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

            1. I've had pretty good experiences at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center...nothing that will blow you away, but the staff is friendly and the after-work (usually post-happy hour by the time I get out 7:30ish) atmosphere has been a good mix of lively and laid-back both times I've gone...

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              Landmarc
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: CarlyNYC

                Oak Bar at the Plaza and the bar at the Ritz Carlton are nice and not too far

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                Oak Bar
                10 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

                Star Lounge
                50 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019