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Ex-Bella's (basement of Brinkley's) stealing a bit of La Esquina's thunder around the corner. Dark, warm, with loads of schlocky plastic trees. Slumming uptown kids and downtown socialite set coppi... read more
Ex-opium den turned medieval apothecary by Austrian mixologist. Only in Chinatown. James at the door working stealth entry behind Gold Flower Restaurant sign. Swank, sexy interior, with distressed ... read more
Huge pan-Asian treat spot. Tao-like energy level, size, and slick crowd. Satay Room for food on sticks, dining room for more dressed up scene. Perhaps a tad loud to expound on your Columbia dissert... read more
Power publicist and interor designer duo open a nautically themed bar for their extended rolodexes. Just got a sea sick re-design from Rafael Cardenas, man responsible for Parker Posey's drapes. St... read more
A Flatiron Lounge for Cobble Hill. Takes its name from a gin, raspberry, lemon, and egg white cocktail, which took its name from a 19th-century Philly speechifying crew. Victorian vibe, pressed tin... read more
Smoke cigarettes and get a neon tan 12 stories above Broadway. Look west to the Hudson and setting sun, east to Central Park and Columbus Circle performers. Cabanas, cocktails, views: your wish is ... read more
A good escape from the chaos of Times Square, though probably appreciated a bit more by guests of the hotel than discerning Manhattan partiers. That said, there's much to like and not much to criti... read more
Hotel spa doubling as lounge scene. Sauna and steam room, but you're here so you can say you swam up to the bar Club Med-style in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Ladies doing the whole heels and b... read more
Williamsburg all growed up, with its own OCD-cocktail bar. Edward Bulwer-Lyttons with grapefruit, crème de cacao, and ginger-infused Gosling's—dark and stormy, get it? Lounge with DJs, café with ch... read more
This is, perhaps, the saloon your grandfather would have loved, had it existed. And while he could still cut a rug of course. Warm wood trim, pressed-tin paneling, and antique-looking furniture dec... read more
Bar in the lobby of the W Hotel on Lexington attracts swarms of after-workers along the rail, plus a lucky few able to snag the comfy sectional seating. Double-height ceiling wards off claustrophob... read more
Friday after-work go-to for Times Square wage slaves. Sleekly generic space decked with palms, flickering votives, lots of beige. Can get crowded, even with second-floor perch. Bar-standard eats hi... read more
Casual Lower East Side bar scene. Can be slow early on, but the DJ gets the dance floor hoppin' (sorry) late nights and weekends. Strong, reasonably priced drinks from the narrow bar, back seating ... read more
The second floor dining room sets the island tone with bamboo floors and seashell-lined walls, fit for serving NY savvy Caribbean cuisine. Brunch, lunch and dinner menus include island favorites fr... read more
Forties-vibed rooftop bar atop Dewey Decimal-styled boutique hotel. Pretty crowd fancies itself literary. Fireplace inside for winter coziness, outdoor patio beckons in summer. Drink in the view fr... read more
Kitschy, camp-themed bar, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and mounted deer heads. Wooden slats and hay awning exterior primes you for great outdoors mood. Inside, toast marshmallows and mak... read more
Stitch in time saves nine-to-fivers. After-work safe bet, long bar and two floors of tables provide elbow room aplenty. Flirtation-friendly low lights, dark surfaces. Garment District nod in the na... read more
City's premier Himalayan pickup scene. Alter ego of Serai, raises the roof at the Rubin Museum every Friday night. DJ in back, tables packed with mix of Chelsea professionals, chic Nepali and India... read more
C U l8r @ Stir! UES types mix it up at moodily lit loungey lounge. Low sofas, ottomans, and pillows to perch on as you sip girly sweet house martinis with names like "Flirt" and "Temptation." Bar m... read more
One-stop shopping with great blend of cutting-edge chic and ready-t...
Michael White of Ai Fiori et al does an Italian steakhouse south of...
South Brooklyn Pizza peeps wrap a stealth Italian spot around their...
Kristi Paras of Zachary's Smile re-ups her Village space with a bou...
Appointment-only, hour-long guided shopping experience. Second show...