Classic Cocktails in Manhattan
My father is coming to visit me in Manhattan for the weekend and has requested a night at a classic NY cocktail bar. We're talking no-frills Manhattans/Martinis, a knowledgeable bartender and an old-fashioned NY decor. Not too worried about cost, but we don't need it to be stuffy either. It can also be a restaurant! Wondering if anyone has any ideas or favorites.
Thanks in advance!
Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle is, to me, the quintessential Manhattan bar. Art Deco decor -- brown leather banquettes, black granite bar, and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling -- with fabulous, whimsical murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, the Madeline books illustrator...and of course all the classic cocktails. Just delightful!
The bar at Monkey Bar might work. Good cocktails (list is done by Julie Reiner of Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club, Lani Kai), great decor. Might be a little loud due to the after work crowd, but a Saturday will probably be OK.
Another good option would be the pub room at Keens Chophouse. Say hi to Miss Keens at the bar, and don't forget to peruse their amazing scotch list.