Manhattan – Midtown West
753 Ninth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts
Manhattan, NY 10019
The name suggests a wine bar, but patrons at this midtown drinkery tend toward the hard stuff. Sure, there are 15 vinos by the glass (among them Black Opal, a peppery Australian shiraz), but it's the gargantuan martini selection that really blows us away: More than 200 of them--from the pomegranate-based Nadia's Perfect 10 to the fruity Champagne Supernova--are named in the tome of a cocktail list. Paper-covered tables populate the front room, and postcurtain actors congregate in the back, where couches lend a coffeehouse feel. Stop by for a first date--the drinks make for fine conversation fodder.
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