Patrons savor the luxe life at this swanky bar, nestled inside the revamped Plaza Hotel.. In Short The grandeur of the Plaza Hotel is perfectly preserved inside this stylish lounge, which features dramatic fuchsia lighting, dark mahogany wood walls, and gold-accented Louis XIV-style furniture. Ascend The Plaza's swanky marble steps to reach the U-shaped bar on the second floor, where tuxedoed waiters shake perfectly mixed (if pricey) premium cocktails, ranging from the classic Manhattan to creative new concoctions like the Hot Voodoo Love ($20)--a martini comprised of horseradish-infused vodka, sweet vermouth, orange juice and a dollop of egg white.
Hits: With a mix of millionaires, socialites, hotel guests and tourists, the Rose Club offers cocktail swillers some fabulous people-watching ops. Accents like fresh flowers, crocodile bar stools and complimentary cashews may help justify the steep prices.
Misses: Despite efforts to rejuvenate the bar with a trendy makeover, the midtown locale, pricey drinks and bottle-service-only table policy keep young drinkers at bay--unless gold-digging is on the evening's agenda.