Esteemed NY Hounds,
San Francisco Hound in town for a week (staying in Midtown) and would love some recommendations for really excellent cocktails, within decent cabbing distance from Midtown. I'm a big fan of those cocktails with fresh ingredients, housemade infusions, interesting combinations of ingredients, and all that good stuff. The "scene" is nowhere near as important as the craft (though in my experience oftentimes they are inseparable), but I'd prefer room to sit and low enough noise level to converse with companions. It can be attached to a restaurant, or not.
In San Francisco, some places like this that I love are Rye, Alembic, Nopa, Bourbon & Branch, etc.
Any advice for a neophyte is vastly appreciated! Thanks in advance....