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37 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave. (Flatiron)
New York, NY
(1) 212-727-7741 | www.flatironlounge.com
HOURSMon.-Wed.: 4:00pm-2:00am; Thurs.: 4:00pm-3:00am; Fri.: 4:00pm-4:00am; Sat.: 5:00pm-4:00am; Sun.: 5:00pm-2:00pm
RESERVATIONSRecommended for parties larger than six
DOOR POLICYRelaxed, as long as there is space to accommodate you
PRICE (COCKTAILS)USD 13+
SIGNATURE DRINKSpecialty and classic cocktails such as the Sidecar or the Sazerac
BARYes - restored 30-ft. Art Deco bar
FOOD SERVED?No - but bowls of assorted nuts are complimentary with drinks
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - either the main lounge (175 people) or downstairs Club Room (65 people)
SUBWAY23rd St.-Broadway (N, R); 23rd St.-Park Ave. South (6)
Swish Art Deco hideaway where swing-era music can be faintly heard above the chatter of smartly dressed schmoozers. The posh crowd reclines on plush blue banquettes or perches atop velvet stools lining the restored mahogany bar (a relic from former Sinatra hangout The Ballroom). Partner Julie Reiner has shaped a menu of drinks inspired by the early days of cocktail craft that incorporates fresh fruits and homemade syrups; the drinks recall the age when fine ingredients were masterfully muddled to mask the flavors of bootleg booze (not that these high end spirits need any masking at all!).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Though the lounge remains casual, we’d dress up for a night on the town here with a black tunic or dress, lacey leggings, chic boots, and some statement baubles.
GO HERE WITH
A group of single girlfriends; a date
Singles and twosomes belly up to the bar, while well-dressed groups of 30- and 40-somethings settle into the banquettes after work.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It evokes the Prohibition-era vibe Manhattanites are so fond of, while (thanks to the fab cocktails) still remaining true to a hip and trendy drinking scene–and we love how eclectic the crowds are as a result. This is a great place to take fun-loving coworkers for an after-hours quaff, the girls for a catch up session, or even a date for the sexy surrounds.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It can get too crowded on weekends, making conversation a shouting match at times.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Flatiron Lounge is housed in a historic landmark building dating back to 1900. While classic New York is engrained in the building’s architecture and recreated in the dark wood and ironwork of the main floor, Flatiron Lounge also features a darker and clubbier downstairs space, where more modern touches like gold-leafed walls and current music appeal to trendier crowds. For those into quiet cocktailing, Mondays and Tuesdays (after the weekend rush) are the slowest nights of the week.
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