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First night in New York...where to go?!

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First night in New York...where to go?!

I am arriving with my Mum on Thursday 19th June at JFK airport at 5.30pm. We are staying at the Doubletree Metropolitan on 51st St/Lexington Avenue. No doubt we will be feeling tired due to time difference but excited to finally be in NYC. We might possibly be hungry. I

originally thought we'd wander to Times Square and have a look there, then find somewhere to drink/eat somewhere near by. Another poster advised against this. This is our first trip to NYC...where can we go for a celebratory, 'yay we're here!' cocktail with the option of a snack if we're hungry, not too far from our hotel? I am mid 30s and we are celebrating my Mum's 60th. She's a VERY young nearly 60! The most important thing about a venue to us is having a fun, laid back, friendly atmosphere. Classy is good, but definitely not pretentious. Any ideas most welcome! Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

The Kimberly hotel is not far from yours and has a rooftop bar that serves light food. If it's a nice night, that could be fun.

http://www.upstairsnyc.com/index.php

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2. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

Just checked the map. The Kimberly is literally around the corner from your hotel. A bit further away, the Roosevelt Hotel also has a rooftop bar...maybe a 6 min. walk. It's also an easy walk to Fifth ave. from your hotel where you'd find Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral and Saks Fifth ave. Rock Center Cafe and Morrell's Wine bar are both there. Therer,s also a food court underneath Rock Ctr.

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4. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

If you want something NYC iconic the St Regis's King Cole Bar (55th & 5th) is a bit of a treat if somewhat pricey but it does have cabaret entertainment, sometimes famous folks.

http://www.kingcolebar.com/

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5. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

Thank you so much everyone for your great tips! I will have a look into all the places mentioned. Feeling pleased we have more of idea now.

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6. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

Though you won't want to spend massive amounts of time there, I think you will want to go to Times Square at night at some point, just to see it. I'd encourage you to at least walk through. No need to eat or drink there.

If you decide to go ahead and walk towards Times Square, Bar Americain (Bobby Flay) would be a convenient spot along the way. Upscale but not formal atmosphere, very good bartenders, and a good range of food options. You may be able to find seats at the bar and just have a few small plate items (though the full menu will be available at the bar as well)

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7. Re: First night in New York...where to go?!

The Smith midtown is a good nearby place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

http://www.thesmithnyc.com/menus/

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