I work around the corner from this restaurant, but had never been there. When it reopened under new management I heard they were going to have an old-fashioned lounge in the front, with live piano music. There are very few places left in the city where you can hear ""real"" music anymore -- Gershwin, Porter, jazz standards and classic rock -- songs everyone knows the words to. Table XII has Michael Garin, who was the piano guy at the Monkey Bar for over a decade, and the atmosphere is fantastic and fun. The lounge, separate from the main restaurant in the front of the building, is intimate and cozy, and Michael plays and sings with little to no amplification, so you can have a conversation and you won't leave deaf! The bartenders are friendly, the food is wonderful -- you'll feel like it's 1956. Order a bottle of champagne.
Pros: Live Music, Intimate, Luxurious Setting
Cons: Closes early (12:00)