Leave it to a rap entrepreneur (Jay Z) to bring a club vibe to a sports bar. The club's name comes from a baseball term for a record set by only four players in the history of the sport: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano became members of this record-setting club by hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a single season. The luxurious multifloor arena-like space features dozens of flat-screen monitors, Italian marble floors and DJs spinning rap and hip-hop.
This 90-seat specialty cocktail house with an original outpost in Chicago offers creative and innovative cocktail inventions, such as the Wake and Bake: a mix of rye, coffee-and-orange-infused vermouth and coffee liqueur, served in a clear plastic pillow filled with an everything bagel aroma. A full food menu is on offer a la carte or in prix fixe options. D (nightly). $$$$
Once an actual Prohibition-era speakeasy, this hidden bar brings back the past with an entrance hidden in an alley alongside a "Lower East Side Toy Company" front. Inside, beer is served in paper bags and cocktails in tea cups. Mon-Sun 7:30 pm-2 am, Tues-Thur 7:30 pm-3 am, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm-4 am.
Formerly a sign factory in the 1920s, this intimate variety theater has a New Orleans-style decor—dramatic chandeliers and velvet balcony booths—and hosts late-night acts, from human oddity shows to avant-garde striptease. Dress to impress.
Tu-Sa: Doors open 11 pm, multiple shows from 1 am.
The tried-and-true commuter bar in Grand Central Terminal is housed inside the legendary Campbell Apartment and recently reopened after touch-ups and the added swank of elegant wall sconces and a marble-top bar. People-watchers can observe the everyday comings-and-goings of Metro-North railroad riders from Connecticut, the Hudson Valley, Westchester, Harlem and the Bronx while snacking on crispy tuna tartare tacos and New York State cheeses with walnut raison toast.