Nightlife in Manhattan


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  • The Ainsworth
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: The Ainsworth facet_type_id: f4f35d90-5f38-1032-8af6-518461427712 html_text: The Ainsworth’s 65 TVs broadcast the latest sports games, but the gourmet eatery is far from a typical sports bar. Nestled in the heart of Union Square, the 7,000-square-foot space mixes high and low—in both the literal sense, with a mix of low-slung couches and lofty, chandelier-dotted ceilings, and a metaphorical one. The culinary team grills premium cuts of steak, such as filet mignon and bone-in rib eye, alongside classic sports-bar fare enhanced with upscale touches. The house BLT, for example, adds a seared tuna steak to its traditional ingredients, and the grilled-cheese sandwich swaps out the standard neon-orange filling for rich gruyere and caramelized onions. The bar takes a similar approach with their array of cocktails, such as the house bloody mary, which incorporates Belvedere vodka, a splash of Texas Pete hot sauce, and a celery stalk plucked from the Monopoly man’s own garden.
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    122 West 26th Street
    New York, NY US
  • Russian Samovar
    Continually plying guests with a classic Slavic spread of house-flavored vodkas, champagne, caviar, and dumplings, the Michelin-recommended Russian Samovar has also earned a place in Manhattan's heart as New York magazine's Best Bar for Drinking Vodka with the Russian Intelligentsia with its clientele of expat artists and performers headlined by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Red fringed lampshades cast a swaddling glow across a long bar where Polish, European, and American grain and potato vodkas take in essences that range from mellow apple cinnamon to more challenging horseradish and pepper. Caviar, herring, vereniki, and cured meats provide padding for the gourmet libations and raw materials for illustrating concepts of classic Russian architecture. Every night, live musicians regale the diverse crowd with folk violin, guitar, and singing while waiters strum steaming, more substantial plates of chicken kiev and beef stroganoff.
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    256 W 52nd St
    New York, NY US
  • Gizzi's
    The atmosphere at Gizzi's hums with a perfectly calibrated balance of lively music and intimate conversation fueled by eclectic, upscale American dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. High-backed booths, brick walls, and a flat-screen television surround guests as they chat over lemon-and-lime-marinated shrimp ceviche and delicate but filling salads that toss beds of mixed greens or arugula with pears, walnuts, or fried shrimp. Flame-kissed skirt steaks mingle with Achuk Chuchuk salade, as well as lamb chops that just leapt off the sizzling grill like a spooked spatula. While socializing over the mixologist's painstakingly shaken and stirred libations, guests can get toes tapping to live music performances scheduled throughout the week, or hone their critic's eye during independent-film screenings held every other Sunday.
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    16 W 8th St
    New York, NY US
  • Amity Hall
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Amity Hall facet_type_id: fb735620-5f38-1032-bdff-7c86810c733e html_text: When people need insight about their world, they climb mountains to consult with the gurus who live atop the peaks. If they want insight about beer, they need only climb the wrought-iron stairs that lead up to Amity Hall’s bar. Every bartender boasts the title of Cicerone–certified beer server, tested to prove their expertise and knowledge of all forms of beer. They pull the taps on rotating drafts and pop the top on bottled beers to pair every guest with their perfect match. To complement their brews, diners pick plates from a menu that includes flatbread pizzas and stuffed burgers that can hide chipotle peppers, aged gouda, or your house keys. Wooden booths and distressed painted brick flank both levels of Amity Hall. Upstairs, a 20-foot high-definition TV displays sporting events, whereas DJs spin music on weekend nights downstairs.
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    80 W 3rd St
    New York, NY US
  • Wine Bar Inc
    As noted in its Zagat rating, WineBar's intimate table arrangements "make it easy to make new friends." Indeed, from their perch at the long, flower-adorned tables, gathered groups pass around assorted pan-European small plates as new acquaintances clink glasses of sophisticated vino culled from the impressive collection dominating the wall space. Soft lighting glints off this East Village café's crimson accents, reflecting off the tables' glossy wood and illuminating sharable French cheese plates, Italian flatbreads drizzled with truffle oil, and exotic gelato flavors. WineBar's more than 100 varietals hail mainly from Italy, France, and Spain, sparking conversations of worldly travels, semesters abroad, and fruitless pursuits of Carmen Sandiego as guests sip by candlelight or quaff al fresco on the seasonal sidewalk patio.
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    65 2nd Ave.
    New York, NY US
  • Session 73
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Session 73 facet_type_id: e91a2740-5f3a-1032-9cbe-604c7badabf7 html_text: |- Patrons at Session 73 satiate not only their taste buds but also their eardrums by devouring casual American fare in a restaurant and lounge that fuses its dining and bar areas with the thumping beats of live music. The menus of casual American fare and music—the latter of which has featured such bands as Sideways, The Ronald Reagans, and Daddy NoBux—have even been known to draw in celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. In addition to a local artist showcase on Sunday, Session 73 reverberates with live rock rhythms every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and pulses with salsa music on Monday, as patrons swivel their hips and waggle their ears on the dance floor. Craft cocktails sporting clever names such as Lemon Ginger Mojito and Gin and Jam Martini keep the movements fluid.
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    1359 1st Ave
    New York, NY US

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