33 West 55th Street, 10019 - 212 247 3347 - The Shoreham Hotel is a smart little oasis in the center of crazy Midtown New York. I don't know what the accomodation is like but the bar and lounge are great places to meet for that social business meeting.
88 9th Avenue, 15th Street 212-243-8400 - New bars and restaurants in a hotel that has port holes! Great looking builiding which has become very popular in the
last 6 months year and a half. 3+ bars (inc. Hiro, Bottega), 2 restaurants (the Bottega and Japanese Matsuri) and more to come.
The trattoria Bottega has some mighty fine pizza and other menu items are: Tuna on White Beans; Artichokes in White-Truffle Oil; Pappardelle with Rabbit Ragu; Salmon Tartare; Chicken Under a Brick; and Lamb Shank in White Polenta, $19
A recent visit to the Bottega Bar on a Friday Night made me add this warning to this guide: A very tacky, cumbersome crowd visits this place at the weekend!!! Escape the maddening crowds in Meatpacking and get yourself down to Passer By or the Brass Monkey.
If you have to go there check out the bars upstairs and/or Hiro bar.
UPDATE FEB 10: Thursday night in the winter and this place is just quiet enough so you can appreicate what a good looking restaurant and bar this is. Pizza is still very good, the service a little moody - but could be just a one off.
A, C, E to 14th St.
Hotel On Rivington
107 Rivington Street (btwn Ludlow & Essex) 212 475 2600
The Hotel On Rivington is this super-huge new building plumped squat into an aging Lower East Side street. The juxtaposition is amusing but a little disconcerting and also, probably, a sign of things to come in LES.
Anyway - it's still being completed, so I can't even tell you about the hotel (if someone can, please do leave a comment) BUT: I did go to a pretty decent party on Feb 9th in the empty space which, no doubt will become the Penthouse and 20th Floor. No matter, what you might think of this new building - the view from the top is unparalled from any building downtown. You can see the rivers, the bridges, the cityscape from Midtown down to Lower Manhattan. At night, the city looks so still and dormant - it's simply breathtaking.
60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 - The upstairs bar in the Thompson Hotel is a good stop by and I've been to some great nights there and there's oftne a DJ in the corner. Cool grown up crowd that's not afraid to party.
Guy's Diary posts about Thom Bar
FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER : FREAKY FRIDAY
MONDAY 29th SEPTEMBER : TIME TRAVEL TO SEE PETER PAN
2 Avenue Of The Americas, 817 519 6600 - The 203-room Tribeca Grand Hotel is the sibling of the Soho Grand Hotel but who cares: Look out for party night listings - it can rock: Have been to my most 'New York' of parties here. (May need guest list). On quieter nights it's still cool: check the main glam cocktail hotel bar (it's worth a trip just to see the inside of the hotel).
On bigger nights the back room of the bar opens and downstairs a large room for dancing and occasionally some bands.