This is a little like cheating on your homework, but I could really use some help from those familiar with New York. My wife and I are traveling to New York (our first time)in December with two other couples (they go occassionally) We're all in our mid 30s and are looking forward to a special weekend. Somehow, I drew the assignment of coming up with some restaurants and bars that will give us Midwesterners a true "taste of New York" I've seen some good restaurant recommendations on this site (but am open to others!) but can anyone recommend some bars with special ambiance and atmosphere that would give us a sense of the "real" New York? We're going to the opera one night, a matinee show at the theater one day, and will probably look to find some live music (local rock /jazz/blues)on the third day. Any "package" suggestions for complementary food and drink would be greatly appreciated. If I get an "A" I'll certainly site my sources and give you all the credit!