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Times are tough. I am out of work. I am highly educated and I believe my degrees are not only worthtless but counter productive. I saved some money while working for many years and rather than being depressed I am trying to enjoy the next few months (while applying for jobs) and hoping that things do not get incredibly tight.

At any rate, I decided this week to try a few places I have never been too., namely the famed Milk & Honey and the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis hotel. I cannot believe what a rip the St. Regis was. $20 each for mediocre at best drinks served in a commercial atmosphere. The famed "Red Snapper" the basis for the modern Bloody Mary was of poor quality...the diner I go to includes a complimentary Bloody that is better with their $12 Sunday Brunch. The "Red Snapper" was $18 on its own. As for Milk & Honey, its exclusive and the drinks are quite nice...but after waiting so long, I cannot say it was "all that". The first drink I had was a variation on a Pimms Cup, it was excellent but the next two were uninspired. I wanted a grapefruit based drink and got a typical fruity concoction followed by a stiff drink, an "American Trilogy", that was strong and good, but not something I needed to go to the supposedly best bar in NYC for. To make matters worse, it seemed as though the two other tables (their are only 3 in the whole place) were full of the same typical DB's as every other trendy spot in the city. At $15 a drink their prices were in line with the upper-tier places, and quite frankly for this one experience it was fine. That said, I think I will save my money and simply go to Whole Foods beer section downtown. For the same price as one night out I can get ridiculously awesome beer for two weeks.
 

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Nah, didnt suck...just the fact that the prices are so ridiculous you expect the best, or at least not mediocre. I mean, $20 per drink + tax and tip. 2 drinks can be $45 - $50!!! I know places in Manhattan where you can get an awesome dinner and a few drinks for that. On Wed I had a burger, an Ommegang and a Six Point for about $30, and it was great! Just not trendy/famous. It was just to cross them off the list. Pegu club, where drinks are $12 has never disappointed me. Even the Modern, where drinks were $$$, was much better, quality and service wise.
 

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