Even if the legend is true and the Bloody Mary was really invented here, King Cole Bar - an extremely fancy cocktail bar inside the St. Regis Hotel - feels much more like a place to drink a martini. The fur coats and businesspeople who probably should’ve gone to bed two drinks ago make for very good people watching, and the comfortable leather bar seats and booths with table service also make it a good option for a cocktail date in Midtown.
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Hidden behind red velvet curtains inside Midtown's Le Parker Meridien hotel, this staged hole in the wall with eternal lines has NYC's best burger.
Xi’an Famous Foods
On one hand, Xi’an’s presence in Midtown is great because this area desperately needs more cheap and delicious things to eat for lunch. On the other hand, no one at your office wants to be around for the aftermath of those spicy cumin lamb noodles you ordered.
Haswell Greens is a huge live music bar in the Theater District that’s a good spot to get a cocktail if you still have energy after seeing a show.
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Arthur’s Tavern is a small live music bar in the West Village that’s been around since the ’30s.
Paris Blues is a historic jazz bar in Harlem with performances every night, but it feels a lot like a dive bar.
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