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This spot is stunning from the moment you open the massive front doors (they looked like Renaissance style solid bronze to me- fully windowed).
Tucked inside The Marmara on Park Avenue and 31st, this is a great pick for a last minute drink after work when you want to go somewhere a little more upscale (read- no loud music, no getting elbowed while standing in a crowd with your wine).
This is the perfect place for, say, sipping manhattans and talking work with a client- or maybe a second or third date if you're looking to sit somewhere nice and have an uninterrupted conversation and some privacy. It's never super crowded on weeknights after 6, so you won't have any trouble finding a cozy place to sit and relax.
The north-facing wall is entirely windowed from floor to ceiling, so if you stop in on your way home from the office, the interior is flooded with a great sundown glow.
Beyond that, it's a casual self-seated environment where you can help yourself to an assortment of small bites and order from the stunning, expansive bar.
Even if you already know what you're drinking, I highly recommend you grab a cocktail menu anyway. Every item listed is accompanied by its own little history lesson- some facts about the origin of the drink, the recipe, its evolution throughout history, etc.
Inviting, almost daybed-inspired couches in a palette of grays fill the lounge space, with gas fireplaces flanking the west wall, and one massive abstract art piece ('don't forget your umbrella' is scrawled across the bottom in a playful cursive) facing back from the east. Oh- and the interior actually has it's own signature scent. Definitely a must try spot next time you're in the Murray Hill area.