I'm fond of the cocktail, and the conversation that unfolds over it, especially with my girlfriends. A cup of tea is also my cup of tea, and nails go well with tales, of course. Here's where to catch up after work.
The manicure-and-martini deal can't be beat at this East 14th Street location of the national chain of hipster bars. Head to the back dance room later to throw your sparkly fingers up in celebration.
You're in for a wild old Moscow night at RVR. The pianist takes birthday requests, the flavored vodkas range from lemon to spicy chile, and the night goes on and on in this dark, intimate space.
West Village favorite EO is intimate or wild, depending on the night. Check out Silky Sundays for a cocktail pajama party and burlesque at midnight.
Nurse Bettie has spicy ginger martinis, refreshing cucumber margaritas, and devilish Wednesday and Thursday night burlesque. Pinups line the walls of this 1950s Bettie Page-inspired bar, and gorgeous mid-century vintage furnishings give you a resting spot amidst the fratboy-ridden Lower East Side.
Is it worth the wait? For the drinks, perhaps not, now that you can get an equally lovely, inventive cocktail many places in the East Village. But for the warm, relaxed, civilized atmosphere, not-deafening sound level, and supercomfortable seats combined with the delicious cocktails, yes, PDT is worth every minute spent waiting outside that phone booth. Note the very unique and/or exclusive bottles on the bar and try some new things. Bartenders are professionals here.
This clothing store doubles as a bar so you can indulge in tipsy shopping, and features both local designers and vintagewear. Make sure to check out the basement for vintage hair barrettes, dresses, coats, scarves, heels and jeans.
The Plaza is famous, and rightly so. The historic New York landmark features gorgeous interior design, a plethora of food and luxury shopping, and a lovely afternoon tea at The Palm Court restaurant featuring a choice of pastries, scones, sandwiches and chocolate fondue.
This charming cocktail bar has smart cocktails like The Debonair, with Hendricks gin, lavender honey, lemon and peppercorn, to coordinate with live performances by The Debonairs themselves, a 50s/60s doo-wop band.