When the iconic Four Seasons restaurant closed a couple of years ago, New Yorkers were skeptical about what might replace it. Worry no more. Overlooking the new Pool seafood restaurant is this elegant modern lounge where gorgeously garnished cocktails emphasize specific flavor components like “Smoke” (a peaty scotch Whisky Sour) or “Cardamom” (a Daiquiri riff featuring rum, Chartreuse liqueur and vanilla). Onyx tables, deep-set contemporary lounge chairs and royal blue fabric-covered walls give the impression of the world’s most luxurious airport lounge. Small bites—like the Gram-worthy Ribbons of Foie Gras piled artfully atop a huge block of ice—complement the drinks luxuriously.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The menu changes seasonally, but consider the Chamomile, a Negroni riff featuring rye, Campari liqueur and elderflower liqueur.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Yes, that’s a Calder hanging over the dining room. The soaring space was originally designed by starchitects Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe.