Renowned for its sophistication, lounge dining has come a long way since confused guests tried eating bar pianos with forks and knives. Fine-tune appetites with today's Groupon: for $26, you get lounge entrées and specialty cocktails for two at Harry's New York Bar, located in the New York Helmsley (up to a $70 value).
The staff at Harry's Bar entertains guests with an elegant array of craft cocktails, small plates, and sandwiches in a refined lounge setting. Duos can cozy up below the vaulted beige ceiling while sipping such specialty cocktails as pomegranate sangria, lovingly made with fresh-cut fruit and sultry splashes of brandy and red wine ($14). The Emerald Summer ($15) sweetens palates with its combination of Jameson whiskey and homemade ginger beer. Romance lips with champagne cocktails ($14–$16) while noshing such lounge entrées as chef-selected cheese plate ($14) or mini truffle cheeseburgers crowned with cabernet-braised onions ($16). Between drinks, diners can observe the clientele of business professionals and UN diplomats, who squelch conflicts arising from flavor diversities in their traditional cobb salads ($16).
Harry's attentive staff showers guests with sophisticated service in the heart of Midtown, near Grand Central. The main bar melds onyx finishes with the glow of subtle, red lighting, offering a warm refuge from outside camera flashes, sightseers, and rogue souvenir T-shirts.