Ophelia is an impressive spot for after-work drinks in Midtown East. This cocktail bar on the roof of the Beekman Tower has an indoor/outdoor wraparound patio with great views of Midtown and the East River. The cocktails have some unusual ingredients (like cedar smoke), and they’re all well made, but they’re also really expensive ($16-$28 each). Similar things can be said of the bar food - if you’re OK spending $24 on steak tartare, for example, then you’ll enjoy it. Stand by the bar with clients, or bring a date and reserve a table outside.
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Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen
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District Social is perfect for when you’re in Midtown and you need a not-terrible place to drink with a group.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
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Merchants River House
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Brandy Library is a cocktail bar in Tribeca with a big selection of spirits from around the world.
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Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecôte is a French restaurant in Midtown East where the only thing on the menu is very good steak frites.
Tanner Smith’s is a big cocktail bar that’s useful to know about for group drinks in Midtown.
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