April 06, 2009

The Big Apple bar scene just got a boost with two super-sized hot spots. Buddha Bar New York City (25 Little W. 12th St.; 212/647-7314) is an expansive bamboo, silk, and gold-leafed paean to its namesake deity. Sip a Komodo Dragon (vodka, Kahlúa, Frangelico, and espresso) and graze on shrimp dumplings in lobster broth while scanning the crowd for celebrities. Palm trees and fountains set the scene at the 22,000-square-foot 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave.; 212/725-4300), the city's largest rooftop lounge. The Empire State and Chrysler buildings are your tablemates as waiters roll out food carts with chef Zak Pelaccio's Malaysian specialties; don't miss the grilled pork belly with chile-lime fish sauce.

230 Fifth

Home to the largest rooftop bar in the city, 230 Fifth is known for its panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Located on the 20th floor of the former Victoria Hotel, the indoor lounge is adorned with oversize banquettes, beveled mirrors, neon pink lights, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Upstairs, the heated rooftop is lined with palm trees and huge white umbrellas, and during colder months, red hooded robes are available for patrons. In addition to drinks, 230 Fifth offers Asian-inspired cuisine such as short ribs beef rendang, a Malaysian dish served with coconut rice.8892 Una Pizza Napoletana- New York restaurant
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Now known as “Anja Bar”

Ajna Bar

Located in the Meatpacking District, Ajna (nee Buddha) Bar serves cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and sushi in an opium den-like setting, complete with red chandeliers, cloth couches, and a bamboo tunnel decorated with Buddha statuettes. The walls feature gold murals and Chinese calligraphy. Jellyfish swim in tanks above the sushi bar while music pulsates. Executive chef (and Top Chef Season 3 winner) Hung Huynh's appetizers include duck spring rolls and tuna tartare; the Kobe meatloaf with Japanese barbecue sauce is a popular entree.

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