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The Peninsula New York Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave., nr. W. 55th St. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-903-3097 | www.salondening.com
RESERVATIONSNot necessary; only accepted with at least two weeks notice
DOOR POLICYRelaxed as long as you dress appropriately
PRICE (COCKTAIL; BEER)USD 22-28; USD 16+
SIGNATURE DRINKNinglet; Ning Sling
FOOD SERVED?Yes - a cocktail menu of eclectic Asian shared plates
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No - but outdoor terraces available to book
SUBWAY5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M); 5th Ave.-59th St. (N, Q, R)
Though named after Madame Ning, a fictional Shanghai socialite of the ’30s, this stylish Midtown bar and lounge on the roof of the Peninsula Hotel attracts more of a polished exec type than sexy scenester (there’s no party to be seen here, unless that party consists of high-altitude winds and exorbitantly expensive cocktails). Instead, velvet ropes have been traded in for private terraces tricked out with luxurious oriental daybeds and stunning views of Fifth Avenue, Manhattan’s city skyline, and the Hudson River. A much warmer scene is found inside, where glowing lanterns illuminate tiny tables crowned with Asian-inspired small plates.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
The business crowd looms large here, so opt for a sleek top and blazer with pencil skirt and appropriate heels.
GO HERE WITH
A mature date; significant other; after-hours coworkers
Mostly business professionals and expense accounters who can foot the hefty bills plus a handful of wealthy European tourists and hotel guests.
WHY WE LIKE IT
From this 23rd-story perch, the panoramic views of Fifth Avenue and the Hudson are just breathtaking. It’s a beautiful space for private parties, and the intimate indoor lounge is quite the elegant spot to take a romantic interest.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The prices are pretty outrageous. (USD 28 for that shrimp cocktail is pushing it, but USD 16 for a beer is absurd.) Keep close tabs on that complimentary bowl of mixed nuts–apart from the views, it’ll be the only thing that comes free!
GOOD TO KNOW
The space was inspired by Republican Era Shanghai, when the city was known as “the Paris of the East.” There are two outdoor lounges as well as the inside bar.
Hong Kong; Shanghai; Manilla
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