The Chapel Bar is hidden behind an unmarked door in the lobby of a Flatiron photography museum called Fotografiska. It’s in a space that was formerly a cathedral, and it has high ceilings and a massive chandelier that probably cost more than the last car you saw on the street. So if you’re looking for an impressive spot to have a quiet conversation with someone over an elaborate cocktail or two, The Chapel Bar is a great choice. It’s a small, dark room filled with armchairs, and it feels kind of like a members-only club for Bond villains.
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Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
Upland used to be one of our favorite spots in the city, but now it’s mostly just a useful place to have a nice, somewhat boring meal in Flatiron.
Atoboy is a great restaurant for big groups, thanks to a Modern Korean small plate setup that’s affordable and Perfect For sharing.
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The Red Lion
The Red Lion is a big bar in Greenwich Village that’s a good spot to watch soccer on TV during the day, and listen to live music every night.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
If you live or work and Nomad and have been looking for a spot where you can a little rowdy beneath some stained glass windows, Oscar Wilde is it.
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