Best Restaurant Bar Scenes in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated spots in NYC with the best bar scene. 

The Clocktower
British · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

"A bit of a scene" , this "chic take on a supper club" in the Flatiron’s Edition Hotel serves "flavorful" New American cuisine with a "British tilt" in a "gorgeous old-world space" with an "ultrahip" billiards room; it’s "firing on all cylinders – and charging for it" , so some just stop in for the "unbelievable" cocktails.
GATO
Mediterranean · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Bobby Flay "hits the nail on the head" at this "happening" NoHo Med where his "wonderfully creative" dishes "burst" with "bold flavors" ; a "Downtown sceney" crowd keeps the "industrial" digs feeling "cool" , and a large front bar area offers a "fun vibe" along with the full menu.
Hunt & Fish Club
Bar · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

"Sleek and sexy" , this marbled, mirrored Times Square chophouse offers "solid" steaks, seafood and game to a crowd of "heavy hitters" – and "wannabes" – who don’t mind the "big price tags" ; the "glamour" gets a boost from "impressive" scenery at the bar.
Red Rooster
Southern American · Harlem · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

"A scene to say the least" , Marcus Samuelsson's "electric" Harlem joint provides "delicious" Southern-accented American fare and "wow" cocktails with a side of "superb" people-watching; maybe it's "expensive for the neighborhood" , but nonetheless it's typically "packed" ; P.S. there's often live music downstairs at Ginny's Supper Club.