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Though there isn’t a bar within Asiate, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, New York, you’ll have the chance to wait for a table and grab drinks just steps away at either MObar or the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. MObar, a super-chic favorite among business types for weekday happy hours, has a delightful cocktail list. Belly up to the polished hammered nickel bar and try elixirs such as the Bramble, made with Bluecoat Gin, blackberries and citrus juices, or the Pink Ginger Cosmo, prepared with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur, cranberry and lime juices. At the Lobby Lounge, order an Asian Poire — mixed with Ultimat Vodka, sparkling sake, passion fruit puree, almond syrup and pear nectar — and drink in the gorgeous view of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan until your table is ready.
The Lobby Lounge and MObar, which is located on floor 35 adjacent to restaurant Asiate, are two locations you can utilize while waiting for your table. The Lobby Lounge features a dramatic panorama of Central Park, Columbus Circle and bustling Broadway and offers coffee, afternoon tea from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily, creative cocktails and an eclectic light menu while you wait for your table. MObar is one of New York City’s best kept secrets, and in addition to Manhattan classical cocktails it also offers a wide selection of fine wines by the glass and signature infusions.