This bar is Le Marquis’s attempt to bring cachet to its boutique hotel. The tiny space is fronted by glass and done up in what might be kindly described as dressed-up Holiday Inn: a curved, red-marble bar with a padded leather edge; nondescript wood furniture; and plenty of mirrors and chrome. There’s enough room for a weeknight guitarist, but nowhere to hide from the drunk, too-friendly locals. Generous bowls of senbei (rice crackers) and nuts are a plus.
Le Marquis, 12 E 31st St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–12:30am; Sat, Sun 4pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R, W to 28th St; 6 to 33rd St|
|Price:||Average drink: $8. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|