Love it or not, Midtown is a necessary evil when it comes to post-work meeting spots. (It?s the inevitable link between your geographically scattered contacts.) Here are three new places to add to your entertaining cache.
If you?re all about the wine and cheese Mozzarella & Vino doles out wine-bar staples (imported salumi and burrata for days) but in a much more airy space. Take advantage of the longer afternoons and grab a table in the glass-encased, sun-drenched back patio. 33 W. 54th St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); 646-692-8849 or mozzarellaevino.com
If you like your cocktails with a view Get ready for a river-to-river vantage point at Bar 54, now the city?s tallest rooftop lounge. Though it?s a bit early for alfresco season, the space has both indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of fireplaces to go around. Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 646-364-1234 or timessquare.hyatt.com
If you?d rather stick closer to the 6 The library-chic coffee shop Ground Central now doubles as a tapas bar in the evening. Snack on bacon-wrapped dates and ham croquettes while splitting a bottle of Malbec with friends. 155 E. 52nd St. (between Lexington and Third aves.); 646-964-4438 or ground-central.com