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48 Lounge

Critics' pick
1/8
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
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Forty Eight
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Forty Eight
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
8/8
Forty Eight
Midtown West
Despite the lavish setting and expense-account menu, this extravagant cocktail lounge is so surprisingly welcoming, it’s easy to forget you can’t afford it. The drinks deliver: A sugar-free Steve Collins is pleasantly bitter (though it is stevia-sweetened), combining Bombay Sapphire, citrus juices and ginger over crushed ice. The French Forty Eight defies its froufrou fixings (Hendrick’s gin, ginger liqueur, Roederer champagne and strawberries), adding up to a balanced treat. While there’s plenty here to make us skeptical—the prices, the buttoned-up crowd—the place turns out to be a New York paradox: a destination cocktail lounge in midtown.
Venue name: 48 Lounge
Contact:
Address: 1221 Sixth Ave
NY
10020
Cross street: at 48th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 4pm–2am; Thu, Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 6pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr
Price: Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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