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Birthday Eats and Drinks Tonight - Finishing Touches - Stumped for Pre-Dinner Cocktails

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Birthday Eats and Drinks Tonight - Finishing Touches - Stumped for Pre-Dinner Cocktails

shaiken | Feb 25, 2011 07:12 AM

It's my birthday!

We have dinner reservations at 8:30 at Alto (53rd Btwn Park / Mad) and an 11:00 reservation for post-dinner cocktails at Milk and Honey. I have the rooftop bar at the Empire in mind for a final night-cap since we're staying near Lincoln Center.

What to do before all that is the problem.

We're meeting my sister-in-law around 6:30-7:00 for pre-dinner drinks and because of the rain / wind forecast, I figured it made sense to do that close to Alto. We plan to have a drink at the bar at Alto as well, but I wanted to do something else first. Normally, I'm a mid-century modern girl and The Modern, Casa Lever and Sprig are all under consideration. However, because it's a special occasion, and the weather is awful, somewhere with big, comfy chairs, moody lighting and maybe even a fireplace appeals. I know all the nearby hotel bars would work for that, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for that either! Gilt, which looks a bit cold, is probably the closest to the restaurant. Finally, I just came across The Bar Downstairs @ Andaz and while it's a bit farther, it looks lovely.

How about whoever can make me the best Lemon Drop Martini wins? I'm late to the party, and have just noticed that vodka is liquor non grata these days, but I've also recently discovered how much I love the perfect sweet tartness of a good Lemon Drop.

Any brilliant ideas???

Oh, and once tomorrow's hangover subsides, we have brunch at Locanda Verde, a matinee and then dinner at Graffiti.

My kind of birthday!

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Milk and Honey
134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Casa Lever
390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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