Originally Posted by bigbadbuff
Staying at Le Parker Meridien (56th and Broadway) over a long weekend in late March. We have a few faves we'll be hitting but I thought it would be fun to go on a restaurant/bar crawl one night, just hitting 3-5 places within walking distance of each other, sitting at the bar and having some small items from each. Would appreciate recommendations on what part of town would be best for this if we were looking for a good variety of well regarded places. I'm sure plenty of people have done something similar and have some good groupings they can share.
Robert on the top floor of the Museum of Design has beautiful views overlooking Central Park. Particularly good at night if you sit next to the windows because you are at the apex of Broadway and CPW.
Hudson Hotel has a good outdoor bar, if it happens to be warm enough. The library bar is nice too.
The Dream Hotel bar has some nice views, though not as good as Robert.
For an Izakaya experience, I prefer the cheap and gritty Sake Bar Hagi, but some prefer Totto.