The Townhouse

Bars, Cocktail bars Midtown East
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Think of an all-gay 1950s country-club dining room: A narrow space with stone-colored walls, skinny beige chairs and full-length mirrors. The reflections make for prime eyeballing, but most of the deep-pocketed, silver-haired dan-dies in crisp Oxfords seem to already know each other. The menu is prim and predictable. The shrimp cocktail was a little wilted. Entrées like pan-seared filet mignon in a spicy green-peppercorn sauce had some flavor, but a roasted lamb shank was rubbery. If the Townhouse’s secret is its shockingly reasonable express-lunch deal, its claim to fame is its bar (down the street), where the gentlemen gather around the piano for drinks and show tunes, and perhaps some risqué stories.


Venue name: The Townhouse
Address: 206 E 58th St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–3:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–3:30pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun noon–4pm, 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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