- The Grand Bar & Lounge
at the SoHo Grand, 310 W. Broadway, Second Fl., 212-965-3000
There are newer hotel bars but not hipper. The problem with most is that they’re full of tourists. Here, iconic New Yorkers like Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen relax gawker-free amid a seen-it-all crowd. Summertime sees a grass-covered outdoor space opened as an annex, and during Fashion Week, the bar hosts shows featuring cutting-edge designers who are one or two seasons from the tent. The alfresco scene is tastemaker-casual: flip-flops, holey jeans, and $400 sunglasses.
Best Hotel Bar
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).