Mon-Wed, noon-2am; Thu-Sat, noon-3am; Sun, noon-midnight
1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
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It's only natural that the Time Warner Center, having already attracted some of the city's hottest restaurateurs, should also house this whiskey hotspot. The behemoth 5,000-sq. ft. lounge is capable of seating 300, and its massive windows facing Central Park make the city itself feel like a hired character. Leather and light wood paneling, plush banquettes, and muted lighting lend the enormous, marble-floored space surprising intimacy; despite the expectation of male models rubbing shoulders with vamping shopaholics, there is a kind of calmness that pervades. In addition to specially concocted martinis and cosmos, cocktail connoisseurs can switch over to high-end ports and cognacs.
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