It takes more than just a good sales pitch to win over hotshot clients in New York City. If you want to impress the out-of-towners, or even the corporate city dwellers who just want to be sassed up if it means them opening up their checkbooks, here are some of the best spots for a night on the town to entertain and win over a bigwig looking to throw back a swig…or ten.
Salon de Ning
(at The Peninsula Hotel Rooftop)
700 Fifth Avenue (Betw. 54th and 55th Streets)
Open Daily 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday Brunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (thru Sept. 26)
Unparalleled décor straight out of a James Bond movie set in the Far East, rooftop views that cause instant drool, and delicious cocktails to impress any boozecentric exec. This is hands down one of the most beautiful lounges we’ve been to in this city. Four words: you can’t go wrong.
(at The Trump Parc)
100 Central Park S. (Betw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.)
Open Mon.-Tues. 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Wed. 4:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Thu.-Fri. 4:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.; Sat. 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.; Sun. 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Upscale and intimate with extremely comfortable digs and a far-from-pretentious staff eager to make your stay as warm as possible. Located in the Trump Parc, it’s everything you’d expect of a bar inside one of the billionaire’s many pads. Did we mention it has an absolutely spectacular single malt, tequila, and specialty cocktail menu?
Lexington Bar & Books
1020 Lexington Ave. (Betw. 72nd & 73rd Streets)
Open Daily 4 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Its got a cocktail menu inspired by the James Bond ladies, a whiskey menu as vast as the avenue it’s named after, and a cigar menu impressive to any connoisseur. Along with its two sister bars in the city, they fancy themselves as “The World’s Most Refreshingly Civilized Places To Meet.” Just as much, we fancy it as one of the city’s most refreshing places to sip on cocktails and sample hand-rolled cigars with some potential investors.
26 E. 63rd Street (Betw. Madison & Park Aves.)
Open Mon.-Tues. 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Wed.-Sat. 12 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jazz, cigars, whiskey, and supreme sophistication. That’s what our experts praised after taking their business to Club Macanudo. It’s a bit louder than some of our other selections, but for clients looking for more than just a quiet drink and good food, the club provides a setting that is second to none.
56 Irving Place (Betw. 17th & 18th Streets)
Open Mon.-Wed. 5 p.m.-1 .a.m.; Thu.-Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
There’s nothing too spectacular about Cibar, but it’s quiet, it’s cozy, it’s classy, and it’s never too crowded. Located in the quieter streets of Gramercy, sometimes not-too-spectacular is just what you need to get business done. It’s got the feel of a mansion’s study, with strong cocktails and tasty finger food to make a fine addition to any business meeting.
378 Park Avenue S. (At 27th Street)
Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
With a beyond delicious menu from top to bottom, an extremely comfortable dining room in a ritzy surrounding, and a classy clientele to boot, Hillstone is the perfect place for dinner and drinks. It’s not too loud, not too quiet, and is especially fitting if your client is single and looking.