Midtown East’s best bars
Something else that attracts patrons from near and far to Midtown East is the impressive variety of pubs, lounges and drinkeries of all shapes and sizes. It might be a prominent work area during the day, but come nightfall, it’s all about play.
Amongst some of the most popular hangouts is Crimson & Rye, a mighty cocktail lounge that prides itself on concocting some of the best craft cocktails in the East 50s. Located in the lobby of the Lipstick Building, its high ceilings and tall windows make for a bright and airy setting, completed by an impressive horseshoe bar and plush leather chairs.
Next, make sure to stop off at La Biblioteca de Tequila, a sumptuous hideout that boasts an impressive list of over 400 bottles of the finest mezcals and tequilas from some of Mexico’s most prestigious distilleries. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a virgin in the delightful world of agave-based spirits, the ‘librarians’ will help you pick out the perfect tipple.
If you’re in the mood for perfected classic cocktails and delicious, local comfort food, look no further than Hudson Malone, a warm and welcoming “culinary saloon” with an old-school vibe and a lively atmosphere. Everything in this hidden gem is quintessential NYC, down to the characterful owner and bartender.
First date? Pierre Loti is the perfect low-key date spot. Named after a famed French novelist with a love of travel, this unpretentious wine bar offers a great selection of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines, with delicious Mediterranean-style small plates to soak everything up. The bar has two other locations in Chelsea and Union Square.
Last but certainly not least, stroll over to Upstairs at the Kimberly, a rooftop bar perched upon the top of the Kimberly Hotel. Enjoy a splendid 360-degree view of Midtown Manhattan from 30 floors up and sip on fabulous creative cocktails accompanied by delicious small plates to share. The fashionable lounge features three different indoor and outdoor spaces with glass ceilings and walls, so you can comfortably take in the city views no matter the season.