Martinis come in lots of styles and sizes. The tradtional martini is primarily gin with whatever amount of vermouth you prefer. However, vodka martinis, usually sans vermouth, outsell gin martinis 8 to 1 according to a bartender friend. Who, in your opinion, makes the best tradtional gin/vodka martini (no foofy cosmos, pomegranate, melon, pineapple or other types please) in Manhattan? A few of my favorites...
Ben Benson's - ice cold and so big they are affectionately called "bird baths"
Bemelman's at the Carlyle - Beautifully presented in one of Manhattan's most elegant, old school rooms.
Cru- Mad Men meets the millenium at this sleek, yet tradtional bar that flanks the dining room.
Caviar Russe- Features vodka chilled to MINUS 20 degrees Farenheit in a settling that feels like a billionaire's midtown town house.