I have a hard time justifying going out in NYC. Yes it's always fun once I get there (almost always), but I can walk to almost any kind of food I would want to eat & not have to fret if I'm going to make the last train of the day!
Sunday, we went in to the City for the auto show and Chris suggested having dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Bar. After we assess our wardrobe situation consisting of jeans and flip flops we give it a go hoping we pass for smart casual ;) We had no idea what we were in for.
After a trip up to the 35th floor we find the bar to be closed (it was Sunday) so we ate in the Lobby Lounge with panoramic sunset views of the park and midtown. Despite its namesake you aren't dining in the middle of the lobby like in some lobby bars. I can't wait until we can go back, it's one of the few places I would go back to eat in the city in a heartbeat! Every aspect was stunning, not overly done & not stuffy. We even dined next to a track-suit wearing Lionel Richie who made us look over dressed.
The Lounge offers a limited yet very satisfying menu like tempura veggies, sliders and even roasted chicken. The food is moderately priced though the cocktails are totally overpriced ($19 mixed drinks!!!). I had the roasted chicken and it was one of the best tasting chickens I've had, I think they must have fried it to get the skin SO crispy. We also had the sirloin salad, cocktails and desserts all of it totally worth going for. How could you not like this view?! Our seats were right by the window - totally magical.