Tue–Fri, 5pm–midnight; Sat, 6pm-midnight; Sun-Mon, closed
B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.
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Bow-tied barkeeps run the show at this velvet-seated Parisian spot in midtown’s Iroquois Hotel. There are four types of ice cubes to add life to the vintage 1920s cocktail list; the Poet’s Dream mingles gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine and a splash of orange bitters, and the Maison Charles is a refreshing mix of muddled mint, white rum and lime juice. Classic drinks are made well, too, and served on romantic marble-topped tables with dripping candles. Tidbits from the Triomphe kitchen—sea scallops, artisanal cheeses, pan-fried chicken liver crostini, and the like—round out the snack menu.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.