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Diners' Choice: Cocktail Bar restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Cocktail Bar cuisine in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lady Blue restaurant
4.6
4.6 (142)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Inspired by the alluring nature of the late 1970’s New York, Lady Blue is an ode to a remarkable decade of transformation. An oft-forgotten character from the Broadway classic, Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein, Lady Blue’s combination of seduction and grace narrates the main protagonist’s transitional phases, symbolically encapsulating both the wonders and challenges of life in that era. The ambiance and aesthetic of Lady Blue aim to invoke the nostalgia of a quintessential time period for the Broadway community and our darling city.
Top review
Brooke
Dined on May 27, 2024
The service was pretty quick, the ambiance was super cute! The food was delicious and the drinks were good as well. I can’t wait to go back for their brunch special .
A photo of The Tusk Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (39)
$31 to $50
Seafood
NoMad
About the restaurant
Influenced by its setting steeped in The Evelyn Hotel's history (est. 1905), The Tusk Bar marries timeless elegance with free-wheeling flair. Look for bright takes on classic cocktails by Tristan Brunel and culinary partner Jeremiah Stone’s version of an oyster bar and seafood-driven, small plate-focused menu with desserts by Fabian Von Hauske (Stone's co-chef in their acclaimed Lower East Side restaurants Wildair and Contra). The glamorous space marries the spirit of the roaring 20s with the convivial attitude of mid-century cocktail parties, sharing the timelessness of a warm welcome, a well-made drink, a freshly shucked oyster - and a good time.
Walk-in's welcome.
Top review
hosivevip
Dined 5 days ago
all the seafood is fresh and sublime. non-seafood options are delicious. desserts are rich with texture. drinks are tasty and clean
A photo of Gair restaurant
4.3
4.3 (28)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
DUMBO
About the restaurant
GAIR (BROOKLYN, NY)
Located at 41 Washington Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn on one of the world’s most famous intersections, Gair is Dumbo’s premier destination for elevated, distinctive cocktails, locally-sourced, seasonally-inspired dishes, and an unmatched environment. Conceptualized and owned by architect and Dumbo local Kevin Cimini, Gair was developed to create an elegant yet approachable neighborhood bar and restaurant that serves as an oasis for the Dumbo community, as well as an authentic New York experience for visitors.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 8, 2024
Chips were really good, drinks were good as well. Nice design
A photo of Bee's Knees & Honey Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (37)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Bees' Knees is Williamsburg's newest restaurant & cocktail lounge. Dine or drink on our main Floor, or Upstairs in the 'Honey Lounge' for a more intimate experience.

Join us for our R&B playlists, group dinners, dates, and private events. Specials include $1 Oyster Mondays, Tuesday - Friday Happy Hour, and Ramen Sundays.

Freshness and creativity are our favorite ingredients. The drinks are balanced, yet strong; Our menu is Japanese & American with a twist. If you’re looking for a superb culinary experience, email or call us to make a reservation!

Looking for a place to watch sports? We have drop-down projectors on both floors!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
We came for a birthday for my wife. We had such great service and the staff was so kind. The food was great and we couldn’t have asked for a better spot!
A photo of Madame George restaurant
4.8
4.8 (48)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Rockefeller Center
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Manhattan, Madame George is a swanky New York cocktail bar, made for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers. Join us for live music every Friday and Saturday evening.

Featuring an extensive cocktail program inspired by New York City through the ages using refreshed & modern techniques while referencing historic & prolific cocktail culture. The plush, eclectic cocktail den offers an intimate hideaway for cocktail lovers and city goers alike.

Step from the busy New York streets into a whimsical space, where luxe textures and bright accents form a striking canvas for creative cocktails. A place vaguely nostalgic, yet original; comforting, yet provocative – and like its namesake muse, a captivating mystery.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Very cool speakeasy style atmosphere. Great drinks and apps, background music fortunately not too loud. Great evening!
A photo of Ascent Lounge New York restaurant
4.5
4.5 (330)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Located on the 4th floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge offers an incomparable cocktail lounge experience. Presenting stunning views of iconic New York destinations, Central Park and Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge presents exceptional product and service in a sophisticated, inviting atmosphere. This Premium Cocktail Lounge and Multi-Faceted NYC Event Venue is designed to provide a variety of elegant experiences, from early evening cocktail hours and late night VIP Reservations to Private NYC Corporate Events and Social Celebrations.
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ZayM
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
This is a 10/10 recommendation for multiple different events. The music was amazing, the service was exceptional and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was so relaxing and elegant. They have a cute little menu consisting or bite size appetizers which is great for sharing. I would highly recommend this restaurant for your next date.
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4.6
4.6 (335)
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
NoMad
About the restaurant
Nubeluz by José Andrés is a lightbox in the sky, bringing together the Spanish word for cloud (“nube”) and for light (“luz”). Located on the 50th floor of The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, Nubeluz offers modern interpretations of classic cocktails and small bites coupled with remarkable 270-degree views of the New York City skyline.
Top review
ElizabethD
Dined 3 days ago
They made my birthday extra special by bringing out a 🧁
A photo of The Rickey Cocktail Lounge at Dream Midtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (51)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Midtown West
About the restaurant
The latest addition to the Dream Midtown Hotel is an inviting craft cocktail lounge with an unconventional, yet mildly familiar drink menu. The Rickey features an impressive wine list that pairs wonderfully with a seasonal small bites menu. Appointed with plush velvet sofas, this sumptuous lounge with brass and copper accents is anchored by an elegant marble bar.
Top review
BarbaraAvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Great little gem!! Our waiter was so accommodating and so charming. I tried a martini with vodka, strawberries,balsamic and crushed peppercorns. When I voiced some hesitation, he said he’d bring me a different drink if I didn’t like it. Well, I loved it. Subtle but unique flavors. Prompt service…great for pre-Broadway lounging.
A photo of The Highlight Room NY restaurant
4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Chinatown
About the restaurant
The Highlight Room’s real showstopper is the spectacular view of the city through a glass wall that spans the entire width of the room and folds back to allow access to the outdoor terrace. From there, guests can lift a cocktail to the expansive views — north to the Empire State Building, south to the Freedom Tower. The north and south sides of the room are lined with two-toned leather and velvet banquettes positioned to take advantage of the cityscape views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bar, set off by wooden arches and antique mirrors, complements the greenery, and elaborate, candelabra-style chandeliers allude to the candles that would illuminate the German garden as evening fell. Layers of premium materials — plaster, brass, velvet upholstery, caramel drapery, terrazzo tiles — add a dose of playful luxury. Although the bar is open to the public, the overall sense is of a swank member’s club, a private Eden commanding the sky above the Lower East Side. Must be 21+.
Top review
JohnGvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Beautiful terrace and attentive staff. Food was a surprise to compliment the delicious cocktails.
A photo of Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (877)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Lincoln Square
About the restaurant
The Empire Rooftop is located on the top floor of the iconic Empire Hotel and overlooks the Lincoln Center complex. With over 8000 square feet of interior and exterior space, The Empire Rooftop has a seasonal open-air East Terrace, a West Terrace with a retractable roof cover, an Interior Main Lounge, and a seasonal Sun Deck. Enjoy our Signature Empire Sunset Cocktail, a light bite from our appetizer menu, and take a photo in front of the iconic neon sign to complete your experience.

Guests of all ages (accompanied by a Parent) are welcome on the roof until 8PM, when those under 21 must vacate.

Visit our website at www.theempirerooftop.com for more information.

Top review
CharmaineB
Dined 1 day ago
Great service! Staff was friendly and attentive. Loved the mocktails
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