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:|
1221 Avenue of the Americas
|Cross street:||at 48th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri 4pm–3:30am; Sat 6pm–3:30am|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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48 Lounge is tucked away in cramped midtown with a spacious, upscale vibe. The only thing better than its leg room is its food (their partner is Blue Ribbon!) It's the perfect pre or post-show spot for a drink, but you may feel out of place in jeans and sneakers. But who wears those in New York anyways?