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Does Mid-Town have a good cocktail bar?

TheSnowpea Oct 25, 2011 08:00 PM

We're staying Mid-Town around Murray Hill for our next trip.

I'm a fan of PDT, Raines Law Room, etc. (10 Degrees is not in the same category but it's a sentimental fave) but sometimes, I just don't feel like ranging really far after a long and lovely but foot-sore day at the museum or a one spent walking around. Heading for a local lounge in the neighborhood has its appeal.

I'm thinking Flatiron Lounge, but wondered if I'd missed anything in the area that serves up cocktails with care and flair?

Please Don't Tell
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Flatiron Lounge
37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

10 Degrees
121 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Raines Law Room
48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

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    kathryn Oct 25, 2011 08:37 PM

    There's not really anything of note in Murray Hill proper (between 34th and 40th).

    But if you are headed south, stop into the bar at Eleven Madison Park. They were recently named best restaurant bar at Tales of the Cocktail. I find the drinks on par with PDT, etc.

    In Midtown (low 40s):

    Lamb's Club has drinks list by Sasha Petraske (Milk and Honey) but they are much pricier than comparable places nearby. The atmosphere is great (search for photos of the bar and of the hotel it's in).

    Lantern's Keep in the Iroquois Hotel is excellent (run by same people as Raines Law Room, I met some Milk and Honey bartenders working there very recently). The list is great and the bartenders really know their stuff. It does close a little on the earlier side (midnight or so).

    Bar Downstairs (cellar bar) at the Andaz Hotel has a list done by Toby Maloney's consulting company (the Violet Hour in Chicago).

    44 at the Royalton Hotel has a cocktail list done by famous bartenders from all over -- Richard Boccato (Dutch Kills, Painkiller), John Lermayer (Florida Room, South Beach; Woodward, Boston), Simon Ford, Willy Shine, Misty Kalkofen (Drink, Boston), and Eric Alperin (Varnish, LA).

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

    Milk and Honey
    134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

    Raines Law Room
    48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

    The Lambs Club
    132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    Forty Four
    44 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    Lantern's Keep
    49 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    The Bar Downstairs
    485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn
      orthorunner Oct 25, 2011 10:40 PM

      Bar Downstairs is an excellent option, has a varied menu and has not been super-busy when I've been. Note that it is in fact in Midtown, right by Bryant Park, as opposed to the location automatically picked up on the side map.

      Another option is Campbell Apartment, in Grand Central, not quite on par with PDT/Milk & Honey, but a reasonable option for when you don't want to travel far.

      JBird Lounge also just recently opened; kathryn, I think you've tried it out? I haven't been yet so can't comment on their style of cocktail, but it looks promising.

      Campbell Apartment
      89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

      The Bar Downstairs
      485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

      251 W 48th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: orthorunner
        TheSnowpea Oct 26, 2011 06:12 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions, Kathryn & Orthorunner!


        1. re: orthorunner
          LeahBaila Oct 26, 2011 06:25 AM

          JBird is pretty cool. Great views, fantastic music (think old school rap and modern hip-hop), and strong, albeit outrageously pricey, drinks.

          251 W 48th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: orthorunner
            kathryn Oct 26, 2011 06:31 AM

            JBird is quite good but a bit too far to walk from Murray Hill-ish. I also find the 8pm opening to be a little late for me -- we often want pre-dinner drinks.

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