A bar and cocktail lounge that is second to none, The Campbell Apartment is located in the Grand Central Terminal. A perfect combination of richness and grandeur, this place has lush original touches like leaded glass windows, classy interiors which would take you back in the time as the 1920s, and a fireplace that creates a warm and cozy environment. If you are looking for a classic cocktail night with cheese plates, while you experience luxury and comfort altogether, then head straight to the Campbell Apartment, to have a crazy night here in New York.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Located in the heart of White Plains, The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House has been a downtown institution since opening in 1994. Domestic and international craft beers, bottled brews and over 40 drafts on tap comprise arguably the best beer list in Westchester County. Enjoy a chilled pint with award-winning bar fare of timeless American favorites like burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. On Wednesday and Friday nights, this place comes alive with live gigs by local talent.
McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"
Touted as offering one of the best cocktail menus around, The Raines Law Room is a haven for mixed drink connoisseurs. The drinks list is replete with flavors that will suit any preference, from bitter to sweet and crisp to spicy. Relax on velvet couches beneath classic murals that give the lounge a distinctly 1920s appeal, drink by candlelight in the garden, or enjoy the privacy of a banquet-style parlor. Whether you want a signature cocktail or prefer to order from the carefully curated selection of beer, wine, and champagne, The Raines Law Room will leave you at once satisfied and wanting more.
As the inspiration for the pub on the hit tv show, "How I Met Your Mother", McGee's Restaurant & Pub is a Hell's Kitchen staple. Find the usual fixings of an Irish pub here, from the draft beers and large HDTV's to the mahogany topped bar and friendly bartenders. However the pub grub is far superior to many other similar establishments, with gourmet burgers, Irish fare, and homemade desserts.
The striking blue balustrade along with the blue carpet is a welcome break from the warm color tones and lightning at the Carnegie Club. It is a grand Gothic setting to one of the best jazz performances in New York. Carnegie Club, a short walk from the Theater District is an elegant place to lounge over wine, cigars, live music and leather bound publications arranged in hand carved bookcases. Relax beside the stone fireplace or climb to the mezzanine level for a quiet evening. This is also a coveted event location for up to 175 guests.
The taste of Italy in a glass is what you will find at the Briciola. It is a small and quaint wine bar with some of the finest vinos from Venice and the Italian country side. The decor and ambiance is warm and intimate, making it ideal for a nice romantic date or to catch up with a friend over a glass of delicious drink. Their collection includes Cichetti and other regional street wines. They also serve some Italian bites to have with your wine. So choose or ask your waiter for help in choosing a dish that complements with your wine.
If you find yourself longing for seafood and you happen to be in Hell's Kitchen, make your way to this small bar above Joe Allen. A nice hang-out spot after a hard day's work or a hectic shopping trip, it attracts locals and tourists alike. Try your luck at the raw bar, or munch on some delicious sandwiches. Antipasto is also a favored option here. So pick your favorite dish and a drink to go with it. Enjoy your meal!
Though not advertised much, Bar Seki has garnered much hype since it is the venture of Chef Seki Shi. This ground floor establishment with an open kitchen, elegant light fixtures and sleek furniture is a lovely spot to enjoy contemporary Japanese fare. The kitchen helmed by chef Edward Wijaya features a menu that is full of creative techniques and inspired cooking styles from other cuisines. Their cocktail list is a delightful concoction with the American and Japanese whiskeys as its base. They also have a good selection of sakes, if you wish to try some. Reservations are highly recommended.
You know you've arrived at Rudy's Bar & Grill when you see the giant ceramic pig standing outside. Visitors to this local dive bar enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, where most of the locals don't take themselves too seriously - the booths are even covered in duct tape. If you're hungry, they offer tasty hot dogs and other American comfort food to go along with your beer.