Flora Bar

Bar in Upper East Side

Forget that this is essentially a museum bar in the Met Breuer; Flora is a sophisticated drinking lounge that shows off the building's architectural extravagance. Park yourself at the marble bar or curl into a deep modernist armchair to marvel at the double-story concrete cathedral and gigantic glass wall that leads to a sunken garden: an oasis beneath Madison Ave.

It's also a restaurant where arty types come to dine on plates of jamón ibérico de Bellota, stracciatella with lemon and fennel, and dishes such as lamb ribs with yogurt and mojo verde.