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You want someplace cool but not forbidding, neither empty nor too crowded. Then you remember the old standby: Botanica. After a movie at the Angelika, you walk over to the subterranean saloon, a cavernous, low-key space that won't intimidate the doctor your misguided friends set you up with. Luckily, you don't have to make a doctor's salary to cover the tab here, and the comfy armchairs and love seats encourage intimacy; you get extra miles from your cleavage/booty (delete as appropriate) when you bend over to reach the low coffee table. When the doctor turns out to be not so bad after all, you suggest moving to the quiet back room (semi-deserted for canoodling). Who knew discussing gastroenterology could be so arousing? Sunday Soiree, a weekly show with comics from Comedy Central and Sirius in Botanicaas back room. Sun 7pm.
Unlike at some asshole joints, it appears that at dark, homey Botanica, if you clock in enough time at the bar, you will get some back. Lagging behind my Jameson-zealous friend one evening, the supernice lady pouring drinks surprised us by giving him one on the house--and sweetly telling me my next one would be, too. (Karmically, this almost made up for the fact that last year, in a fit of besotted smittenness, another friend simply gave the winning woman tending bar my fancy lighter,... More »
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