Tue-Sat, 5pm-2:30am; Mon-Sun, closed
6 at 51st St.; E, V at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Just off the grand lobby of the landmark Waldorf-Astoria, this polished Art Deco bar speaks of a bygone drinking era. As you step inside, prepare to be greeted with "Fresh nuts?" as a genial bow-tied bartender scoops some from a silver bucket into your porcelain snack bowl. With its 19th-century landscape paintings, plush armchairs, and etched glass sconces, Sir Harry's has the gentleman's club milieu perfected, and the martinis—the drink of choice here—are as indulgent as the surroundings. Despite this sepia-toned nostalgia, you'll still encounter plenty of business partners talking shop with a laptop between them and the occasional cowboy-hatted tourist talking a bit too loudly. But for the most part, the moneyed clientele chats quietly as the melodies of Etta James and Cole Porter mix with the polite clinking of glasses. So who cares if the only drink under ten bucks is a bottle of Amstel? If you're here, you either have an expense account or you're paying in a currency with a favorable exchange rate.
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