Niles New York City, The Atypical Neighborhood Bar

Niles New York City, The Atypical Neighborhood Bar

When I think of neighborhood watering holes—the type “where everybody knows your name”—what normally comes to mind is a dark space with a long wooden bar, complete with a curmudgeonly, yet lovable, bartender and every type of sports memorabilia hanging from the walls. That said, I am about to offer up a neighborhood bar that’s about 180-degrees different: Niles New York City. First off this is a hotel bar and restaurant, which rests in the Affinia Manhattannear Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Although the bar serves plenty of NYC visitors, it’s also the go-to place for a number of locals that work in Midtown West. I used to frequent the bar with friends who worked in the area. And instead of a dark space with a long wooden bar, Niles exudes a contemporary vibe—complete with sleek design elements (think a wall of mirrors and colorful minimalist chandeliers), as well as a modern rectangular bar anchored by a lit-glass decorative column. The bartenders are all friendly, especially Peter—an Irishman who always seemed to know what I was going to order before I even spoke. If you fancy some contemporary American fare, the restaurant’s menu features a number of delectable items and there is a large dining room in the back of the space. For more, click here.    

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