Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s the best place for drinks on this barren uptown stretch of First Avenue. At the expansive mezzanine bar, well-groomed singles sip strong cocktails and flirt over thumping, poppy tunes. Bonus for some: The basement lounge allows cigar and cigarette smoking. Ask your neighbor for a light, then cozy up in a plush club chair, or swing by for the live jazz featured at Sunday brunch.
|Venue name:||Merchants NY||Contact:|
1125 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 61st and 62nd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St|
|Price:||Average drink: $9. AmEx, MC, V|