I always enjoy visiting a lounge for a more intimate bar experience. The comfy chairs, rich colors and dim lighting are instantly inviting. The next time you need to chill out, try these lounges.
Moca Bar & Lounge
2210 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem
If I designed a bar in my home, I would use Moca as my inspiration. The local favorite has an intimate vibe with a classic American menu and comfortable plush seating. Hip-hop, Motown classics and R&B keep the place lively. From 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5-8 p.m. on weekends, enjoy half-price beer and well drinks.
The Uptown Restaurant & Lounge
1576 Third Ave., Yorkville
This rustic wine bar has an extensive drinks list and a relaxed atmosphere with a touch of glamour. The back room is full of skylights, creating an outdoor feel. Daily until 8 p.m. enjoy $4 beers, $6 wine and sangria and $7 specialty martinis. Appetizers like fried pickles are $6. They book live jazz on Tuesdays and live music and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.
277 Church St., Tribeca
This lounge sits below street level, so look for the red doors. You will love the low key vibe, jazzy beat and interesting mixed drinks. All the seating is intimate, so settle in for a long relaxing evening. From 5-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday take advantage of $4 beer, $5 wine and $7 cocktails. Try the cottontail martini with green tea-flavored vodka. They offer live jazz on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.