B, D, E at Seventh Ave.; 1 at 50th St.
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With only marginal success, the Sheraton's lobby bar tries to recreate the romantic notion of the hotel lounge: The dark wood paneling, plush leather easy chairs, and working fireplace are meant to evoke a room in a snooty social club where ruddy-faced executives might go to smoke cigars and sip at snifters of VSOP. Because it's barely separated from the bright lobby, however, there is not quite as much mystery and intimacy here, and the crowd tends more towards fanny-packed septuagenarians staring at one another in silence and plotting routes on subway maps. The bar serves as a Starbucks by day and maintains its degree of comfortable familiarity by night: In contrast to the mad city outside, here is a bar that could easily be found in a Sheraton in Indianapolis, or for that matter in the Denver airport.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.