What’s Your Favorite NYC Bar?

03/03/2010 1:00 AM |

If we had to pick a favorite place that was like our workplace but that wasn’t actually our workplace, we’d probably go with the intern breakroom at n+1. Those kids are smart! And pretty!

Where she presides:
Forum, Union Square E.
Favorite drink:Walt’s Kindgom

I love the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. It’s kinda pricey, and the clientele can be alternately touristy and obnoxious, but the service is flawless, and you feel like you’re stepping into a different era, at least when they retract the TV screens. The best cocktail is the first one on the list, the Walt’s Kingdom. It’s made with orange vodka, St. Germain and fresh mint and it tastes like a birthday party.

Where she presides:
No Malice Palace, Alphabet City
Favorite drink: Jameson
It depends on the mood of the evening and what I’m looking for, but one of my favorites is Scratcher, on 5th Street at the Bowery. I like it because it seems like not a lot of people know about it, and because it’s very laid back. They usually have really good tunes playing from the bartender’s iPod, and the bartenders will chat with you if you seem interested but leave you alone if you’re more interested in catching up with an old friend. There are no TVs either, which I always like in a bar, and the volume level is always a perfect murmur of people hanging at the bar or tables. It never feels truly empty or truly packed.

Where she presides:
Tipsy Parson, Chelsea
Favorite drink:Vodka on the rocks
Bembe in Brooklyn! Or on Sundays, I like the new Boom Boom Room at the Standard. It’s hard to get into, but it’s a beautiful space, and they have absinthe, and ooh! I want to be there every Sunday. The bathrooms are even beautiful, all black lucite and mirrors. I could totally bang someone in those bathrooms.

Where she presides:
Mezzo Mezzo, Astoria
Favorite drink: Grey Goose and soda
Probably Flo Lounge, here in Astoria, on 30th Avenue. They have a really nice ambiance there, though I don’t want to give it too much credit since I think they’re way overpriced. That’s the problem with a lot of places in the city, they charge way beyond your means.