Ada's Place

 

517 W. 38th St. (btw 10th Ave. & 11th Ave.)

Cocktail Bar $$$-$$$$

Tues-Sat 5pm-midnight

Ada's Place is the bar upstairs from Legacy Records, the same people also behind Pasquale Jones and Charlie Bird (some of my favorite restaurants in the city).  Cocktails are top notch (and range from $18-95) and would be a good spot to have a drink before dinner downstairs (but not necessarily somewhere you just "walk by").  They have a small food menu (and you can make a reservation six days out on Resy).  Check out the menu here - they do reserve space for walk-ins!