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First date suggestions: E 50s and 60s

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Looking for suggestions for a first date in the East 50s or 60s. This is a "drinks" date, so a place with drinks that maybe also had some bar bites/tapas/etc., would be perfect. Cocktails and wine preferred over beer.

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  1. You might consider the Monkey Bar, 60 E 54th St in the Elysee Hotel. Www.monkeybarnewyork.com. It's a classic New York place from the 40s/50s that has been recently updated. Bar plus full restaurant. Cozy, clubby and retro cool decor. Vanity Fair hot spot.

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    Monkey Bar
    60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

    1. If coffee would work, Nespresso was my first date of choice. Madison in low sixties, very comfortable chairs and plenty of room to talk quietly.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        The brightly lit, half retail shop? No way....

        And OP says nothing about it being a coffee date.

        1. re: thegforceny

          Instead of merely criticizing a responder, suggest something, answer the question!

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Sure... Upstairs at Le Colonial, PJ Clarkes, Accademia di Vino, Bottega del Vino...

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            Bottega Del Vino
            7 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

            P.J. Clarke's
            915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

            Le Colonial
            149 E. 57th St, New York, NY 10022

      2. I agree with Le Colonial upstairs. Sooo many places in that area... You can also go to Opia or to Merchants downstairs. David Burke Townhouse has a nice bar area and you can go next door to Brio for dinner.

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        Le Colonial
        149 E. 57th St, New York, NY 10022

        Opia
        130 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

        1. I like Fig&Olive, there is one in the 50s and one in the 60s.

          1. Great suggestions; thanks hounds