Tucked into the tunnellike walkway between Park Avenue and Grand Central, Léa is an upscale alternative for the financial-services suits that populate the area by day. The clientele and the waitstaff have that pinched European look, and you’ll part with plenty of cash in order to mingle: A glass of wine starts at $8, and seats are only for bottle service (champagnes start at $48; liquors, $130). DJs play Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but the schedule often varies, so call in advance. Hard to justify, but there’s a velvet rope outside.
230 Park Ave
|Cross street:||between 45th and 46th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 3pm–2am; Sat, Sun 10pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average drink: $10. AmEx, DC, MC, V|