Bemelmans Bar

Lounge in Upper East Side

Sink into a chocolate-leather banquette and take in the glorious, old-school elegance at this atmospheric bar – the sort of place where the waiters wear white jackets and serve martinis, a pianist tinkles on a baby grand and the ceiling is 24-carat gold leaf. The walls are covered in charming murals by the bar's namesake Ludwig Bemelmans, famed creator of the Madeline books.

Show up before 9pm, when the jazz trio usually starts and a more formal dress code kicks in, if you don't want to pay a cover charge (per person $15 at the bar, $25 to $35 at tables).