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T+L Reports: New to the Big Apple Bar Scene

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.

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