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Bars & Restaurants
The crowd at Pianos – a popular Lower East Side bar/club – skews younger, promising you may meet your next great hook up, although not necessarily your next relationship. Pianos doubles as a music venue and dance club, with the first floor acting as a regular bar.
Bemelmans Bar is an iconic, upscale haunt in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The famed piano bar is known for its hand painted Madeline murals painted by Madeline illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans for whom the bar is named after. A drink at Bemelmans Bar transports you to a vintage New York glamour of decades past; here you’ll meet an older, wealthier crowd.
St. Marks Street is an eclectic mix of ethnic cuisine, tattoo parlors, hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs, dive bars, and novelty shops. On St. Marks is Bua – a fun bar with good happy hour specials, outdoor seating and weekend brunch. The best time to come is during happy hour when East Villagers flock to Bua for $7 cocktails and $15 wine carafes.
At 230 Fifth, young corporate New Yorkers congregate for overpriced cocktails and stellar views of midtown Manhattan – including an uninterrupted view of the Empire State Building. Brunch is a popular time to visit 230 Fifth, although a visit will require advance reservations, as is Happy Hour (Monday-Friday, 4-7pm).
Gallow Green is an outdoor, rooftop bar that is popular in the summer time. Gallow Green is above the interactive theater production, Sleep No More, at the McKittrick Hotel. What sets Gallow Green apart from other rooftop bars in the city is its unique decor that transports guests from New York City to a place more reminiscent of the the Louisiana Bayou, making it a great conversation starter.