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Cocktails in Flatiron district

We're going to Eataly for a Valentine's Day dinner tomorrow night and have about an hour between work and dinner reservation. I did a search on this board for cocktails in this area and keep seeing Flatiron Lounge. Anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. Probably sound like a broken record but you could always try hitting the bar at EMP. Jim is mixing up some mighting fine cocktails. Given that tomorrow is V-Day it may be crowded at the bar but I thought I would mention it.

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

    1. Craft Bar is at 20th and Bway, just south of Eataly. Not sure how their cocktails are specifically, but thought it might fit the bill.

      [edit]... on second thought, since it's also a restaurant, maybe it'll be too hard to squeeze in on Valentines Day?

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      Craftbar
      900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: MiriamWoodstock

        Their cocktails USE to be fantastic but we tried twice recently (first time when it happened, second time to see if it was an off night) and they were far from anything special and craftbar is starting to look a little long in the tooth to boot.

      2. Gravy (21st between 5th and Park) has very good cocktails.

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        Gravy
        32 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

        1. Raines Law Room. It's very romantic especially if you get one of the curtained, private booths. The server only comes after you ring the bell -- otherwise they don't disturb you. They take reservations only on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. Not sure if they are treating V-Day as a special day / weekend night. Email ASAP and ask?

          Not a whole lot of great cocktail lounges in and around Eataly, sadly. Raines Law Room, Flatiron Lounge, and the bar at Eleven Madison Park would be my picks. Those would be the only ones that really come closest to a Milk & Honey or Pegu Club, etc.

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

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

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

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          1. re: kathryn

            +1 times infinity for Raines. EMP is closer if that's an issue but as kathryn said one of the curtained booth would be the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

            I feel compelled to add that I think we get spoiled sometimes living in NYC. Most cities in the country, nay the world (cue Jame Lipton voice), would die to have bars as good as Raines, FL, and EMP within a five or six block radius.

          2. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I was thinking EMP myself so maybe we'll do that.

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              I just had a "Campfire" there and I may have found my new drink.

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                Great cocktail!

                We also loved the English Milk Punch, Fig and Thistle, and Bitches Brew when we went in December. Hopefully they still have their hot chocolate, eggnog, etc. It was not on the online menu back then, but on the printed version.

                Just make sure you don't fill up too much on the housemade potato chips, green olives, and roasted honey peanuts they give you now.

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

                1. re: kathryn

                  No housemade potato chips, green olives, and roasted honey peanuts in sight last night. All the better actually, as dinner at Eatlay was quite filling and delicious.

                2. re: Spiritchaser

                  The Campfire sounds excellent Spiritchaser. I just looked at EMP's cocktail menu. I have just acquired a taste for Scotch and love drinks made with Italian amari. Thanks!

                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                    We wound up going to EMP last night and I of course had to try the Campfire. Wow. What a great drink. I wasn't prepared for the smokiness of it, but I guess by the name of it I should have been. The first sip was a bit jarring but by the third sip I was a slave to it. Thanks again for the recommendation Spiritchaser.

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

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      You are more than welcome. We were at the bar last night as well. We hadn't planned on going out but I started thinking about the Campfire and we decided to stop in for one. Glad you enjoyed it.

                      1. re: Spiritchaser

                        What time were you there? And do you know what kind of scotch they use? I asked the waiter but 1 Campfire and 4 different glasses of wine with each course of dinner later, I forgot what he said.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          We were there from about 5:00 to 7:30/45.

                          They use Laphroaig as the Scotch BUT there is also some blended scotch as well (J&B). On a sidenote, if you like the Campfire try the 23 Skidoo if you get to Beecher's some time.

                          1. re: Spiritchaser

                            We were there from 6:45 to about 7:30. Nice to "meet" you!

                            Yes, Laphroaig is the one I couldn't remember. Thanks.

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              Same here, if I had known you were there I would have treated (the Campfire anyway, the wine would have been all you).

                              1. re: Spiritchaser

                                Well, thank you! The wine was with dinner at Eataly, so you were safe on that account. :)