Forty Four at Royalton

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
44 at the Royalton
Midtown West
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This glam lobby lounge is one of midtown’s finest spots to bend an elbow. The luxe interior is matched by a smartly curated drink menu, tended to by the Cocktail Collective—an all-star squad of booze slingers, plucked from the country’s best bars. Choose from “Classics” inspired by the grand hotels of yesteryear—like the superbly balanced rye-and-cognac–based Vieux Carre, served with a hulking rock of ice—and “Originals” that showcase riffs on traditional quaffs. Among the latter, we liked the Stone Place, a twist on the Ward 8 featuring rich aged Jamaican rum shaken with house-made grenadine and freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices. Once you sink into a leather armchair and sip one near the blazing fireplace, it’s dangerously easy to forget about the bill waiting for you when you’re done.
Venue name: Forty Four at Royalton
Address: 44 W 44th St
New York

Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon 7am–10pm, Tue–Fri 7am–1am, Sat 8am–1am, Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park
Price: Average drink: $16. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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