Much has been written about where to throw back a drink on New York City’s Upper East side, it’s an odd and mysterious place, mostly by way of the fact that it is one of the more subdued residential neighborhoods of Manhattan and indeed all of New York. Few and far between are restaurants and bars, not like it’s rowdy sibling across the Park, The Upper West Side, and certainly not the joyous circus of downtown, Tribeca, SoHo and The Lower East Side. Usually other will say that the only real spot to go would be Be Bar in the Carl… while this is one of our favorites on our list, there are other establishments that can offer you the quiet solitude and refined elegance, especially if you stay below 72nd Street.
Daniel, has a small but very luxuriously appointed spot right off of Park Avenue, the bartenders are masters of their craft and can mix the perfect libration. Separate from the dining room, you can easily have some peace and quiet and can even order full off the menu for snacks.
The Pierre Hotel is second on our list, the bar here is much larger, and completely off the beaten path from the rest of the public scares, not associated with the restaurant in any way, the tables in the corners a lovely spot for a quiet snuggle with your significant other.
Champagne Bar in the Lobby of The Plaza, this will never get old, and is a must stop over, while bright and airy, and not really a place for secret dalliances, the cushy seating and hustle of the lobby never tires.