Get dressed to the nines for a sophisticated night out.
Wed Nov 25 2009
Direct your limo driver to the Upper East Side, where you'll begin with candied-pecan bourbon in the Southern Fashion ($16) at Daniel Boulud's new Bar Pleiades (20 E 76th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-772-2600). Then submit to some cabaret-style crooning at Caf Carlyle (35 E 76th St at Madison Ave; 212-744-1600, thecarlyle.com). Book a bar seat ($75--$95) to see regular jazz vocalist Steve Tyrell, then wind down at Bar and Books (1020 Lexington Ave at 73rd St; 212-717-3902, barandbooks.cz/lexington; jacket required), where you can sip a sidecar ($15), nibble on egg salad finger sandwiches ($12) and smoke stogies till 4am.
At the Mandarin Oriental's chic Lobby Lounge (80 Columbus Circle at 60th St; 212-805-8876, mandarinoriental.com/newyork), swill classic martinis ($19 each) and enjoy the view from the 35th floor as the sunset casts golden light on surrounding skyscrapers. Then take your place among the cultural elite at the New York Philharmonic (Avery Fisher Hall, 1941 Broadway at 65th St; 212-875-5656, nyphil.org) to hear Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony (Fri 27, Sat 28 at 8pm; $31--$109). Cap it off at Petrossian (182 W 58th St at Seventh Ave; 212-245-2214, petrossian.com), where the three-course $35 prix fixe includes salmon quenelles and transmontanus caviar.
You don't have to be British royalty to enjoy the five-course tea service at Lady Mendl's (56 Irving Pl at 17th St; 212-533-4600, innatirving.com). You'll peck at cucumber and salmon finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream ($35 per person). Walk off the food coma at Talwar Gallery (108 E 16th St between Irving Pl and Park Ave South; 212-673-3096, talwargallery.com), where contemporary Indian artist Ranjani Shettar's installations are on display (through Dec 22). Polish things off with a Bellini ($12) at Flute Gramercy (40 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave; 212-529-7870, flutebar.com). If you're still sipping at 10pm, stick around for the live DJ.
Party like it's 1925 at sultry speakeasy 67 Orange Street (2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd [Eighth Ave] at 113th St; 212-662-2030, 67orangestreet.com), where the muddled-cherry--spiked Ol' Fashionista ($13) is tops. For a bite, head to Melba's (300 W 114th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd [Eighth Ave]; 212-864-7777, melbasrestaurant.com) for wine-braised beef short ribs ($18.95) under antique chandeliers. Then take in saxophonist Houston Person at Lenox Lounge (288 Malcolm X Blvd [Lenox Ave] between 124th and 125th Sts; 212-427-0253, lenoxlounge.com; $25 plus $16 drink minimum; Fri 27, Sat 28 at 8:30, 10, 11:30pm). Weekend shows fill up, so call ahead.