COUNTDOWN TO NYE
Times Square is brimming with lesser-known haunts. The Aqua Bar in Room Mate Grace Hotel, Hourglass Tavern's BettiBar and Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters are a few unique bars where you can grab an after-work drink and relax with friends or colleagues.
Aqua Bar at Room Mate Grace Hotel
Location: 125 W. 45 St.
Beverage Highlights: 2-for-1 drinks & bar specials Monday through Friday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bites: This bar doesn't serve food, but you can rent out the space for up to 80 people and have your event catered.
Insider Tip: Designed by renown architect Lorenzo Castillo, who has been featured in Elle Home magazine, this newly renovated bar and lounge overlooks a luxurious spa pool.
Location: 373 W. 46 St. on the second floor
Beverage Highlights: Happy Hour is 5:00pm - 10:00pm nightly and includes a variety of $5 offerings.
Bites: The Hourglass Tavern menu is served in the BettiBar, including the daily specials like braised lamb and 16 oz. grilled veal chop, or try the Wednesday seasonal specials.
Insider Tip: Check out the made-from-scratch ginger beer, or if you're feeling bold, try a surprise craft beer with the mysterious beer-in-a-bag special.
Location: 365 W. 46 St.
Beverage Highlights: This bi-level restaurant has a bar on each floor, including an artisinal sake and whisky bar on the second floor. All of the classic cocktails, like martinis, bloody marys, and margaritas, have a Japanese twist. Sushi Seki has 90 different kinds of sake, 120 wines, and 100 different spirits from around the globe.
Bites: Try the pre-theatre menu and check out the oyster bar selections.
Insider Tip: Register to join the Sake Club (no fee to register) to taste rare sake, learn the importance of sake rice varietals from sake sommeliers, and more. You can also stop by during Sushi Seki's Happiest Hour Monday through Friday, 5-7pm, and get 2-for-1 cocktails.