I fell out of the cab and floated up the steps to SoHo's Thom Bar. Located in 60 Thompson, this New School Hotel bar is ranked among the top choices in Manhattan. The key to Thom Bar: getting a seat in one of the nooks in the back. Sunken couches and reasonably eclectic patterns offer the urban-chic you're seeking. A DJ offered Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, among other main stream hits.
I sipped on the Clementine Cosmopolitan (even, tasty, mastered) before graduating to a Ketel Martini, up with a twist. The cocktail server kept a steady flow of drinks- a detail that I have affection for (attempting to flag an inattentive server is never sexy).
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