7 at Fifth Ave.; B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
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The cozy Mansfield Hotel isn't exactly part of the chic-boutique-hotel mania that's swept the city, but a renovation has nonetheless made it one of midtown's most pleasant smaller hotels. M Bar, the Mansfield's lounge, shares the hotel's clubbish appeal, with a wall of books imparting a library vibe and a horseshoe-shaped bar to encourage flirting (it's a hotel bar, after all). With its business clientele and subdued atmosphere, M Bar opts for straightforward, upscale bar selections; specialty cocktails would be considered declasse here. Go for a scotch and enjoy the tinkling jazz coming out of the sound system.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.