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103 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.727441 -73.988542
At 6th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-388-0388 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Hours, DJ, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Outdoor Area, Restaurant & Bar, Singles Scene, Swank

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The spiffy '50's, retro lounge ike has only marginal hints of Happy Days-style nostalgia. Neon lights and Coca-Cola signs were eschewed in favor of a Mark Rothko-inspired motif, with crescent-shaped black booths and splashes of color throughout the loft-like space -- an orange stool here, a yellow cocktail table there. Jazz hums softly in the background, while martini shakers shimmy in time, churning up snazzy classics like Grasshoppers, Stingers and sloe gin fizzes. But even high-minded ike is not without a little kitsch: Resurrected all-American eats like Swanson's TV Dinners are served by waitresses who are so upbeat, it's hard not to envision them cruising up to the tables in bobby socks and roller skates.

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