Hi all. You know the drill, long-time chowhound, first-time poster.
I haven't been to the big city in many years and I'm afraid I'm out of the loop. Therefore, I have a few questions. I did a few quick searches and couldn't find anything regarding my queries.
Keep in mind, I will be exclusively downtown, so I'm looking for places in that area.
1) I'm looking for a few good bars/lounges. Basically, something a little upscale but still somewhat casual. And preferably with reasonable prices so that a cocktail doesn't cost me $15. I've heard great things about the Hyatt's Roof Lounge, but am somewhat concerned about price.
2) Speaking of the Hyatt, what do you folks think is the best hotel bar? This will have large bearing on where I make my reservations. Besides the Park Hyatt, I've been looking at The Grand Hotel (Citrus Lounge), Westin Harbour Castle (Chartroom Bar and Lounge), Intercontinental (Azure Lounge) and the SoHo Met (Senses Bar). Does anyone have any experiences regarding these specific establishments?
3) How about the best Jazz bars/clubs in town? Blues? I've heard that the Reservoir Lounge and Healey's were both good each respective genre.
4) I know the steakhouse question has been covered many, many times, but I may as well ask while I'm here. Where's the best place to go downtown for a good steak for under $40-50?
Thanks very much for your time. Cheers.