created by | Lucia
transit | walkable
distance | 0.7 miles
est. transit time | 14 minute walk end to end

When you’re feeling like a ten and looking to have a special night out this guide brings together some of the best bubbly, steaks and views in Midtown. This is one of my favorite outings when celebrating a special occasion. Even if that special occasion is, “just because”.


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King Cole Bar

$$$$ Stately, historic hotel bar serving classic cocktails
@ The St. Regis New York
2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
(212) 339-6857


The St. Regis is old New York. While you’re never really out of place in formalwear in Manhattan, you are certainly in the right place here if you happen to be in a gown / black-tie. The King Cole Bar is a superb place to begin a special evening. In addition to being one of the first places in America where the Bloody Mary was served the bar is also made famous by Maxfield Parrish’s masterpiece King Cole mural.

Grab a table or a seat at the bar, most are first come first serve. The exception is Table 55. Table 55 must be reserved. It’s the only table with access to an exclusive chef’s custom designed menu and a bespoke wine list from the hotel’s coveted cellar. Expertly curated tableware from Christofle and Bernadaud complete the stylish dining experience. That will run you about $2,500 a night.

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Quality Meats

$$$$ Steakhouse in a hip, industrial space
57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 371-7777


After drinks at the King Cole Bar you’ll be a short walk a few blocks north and one avenue west to get to Quality Meats. If you arrive a little before your reservation they also have a great bar where you can grab a cocktail before you’re seated. Quality Meats has the menu of a classic Midtown steakhouse with the vibe and setting of a newer fresher downtown restaurant.

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Salon de Ning

$$$$ | High-end rooftop bar in the Peninsula Hotel
700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
@The Peninsula
(212) 956-2888


There is a bit of backtracking here but it’s well worth it. The Peninsula is located right next to the St. Regis so after dinner and dessert you can stroll back down Fifth avenue (always a nice walk at night). Salon de Ning is the rooftop bar at the Peninsula. The prices are what you’d expect (expensive) but the rooftop is perfect. It’s intimate and perched quietly overlooking Midtown and Fifth Avenue. The perfect place to get a bottle of champagne and enjoy the night.

Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection

4 star hotel | rooms $200-$300/ night
60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-1066

Obviously both The St. Regis and The Peninsula are exquisite hotels if you’re looking to stay in the area. Both, however will be very costly. If you’re not only feeling like a ten but spending like an 11 and the $600-$1,000 a night bill is manageable then they are excellent choices. If you’re looking for something slightly more economical but still looking for a superb stay in Midtown then checkout Hotel Elysee.


“Clean, comfortable and beautiful room, a good size for 2 people.”

- Dawnie, Philippines. Booking.com

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