Best place to ensconce yourself in velvet (2008)

VILLARD BAR AND LOUNGE

If only George Costanza had known about the VILLARD BAR AND LOUNGE, adjacent to the Palace Hotel in midtown. This basement lounge begs the question: Why stop at red velvet couches when you can put velvet on the walls and ceilings? You'll rack up quite a bill with the midtown drink prices, but for those on a budget, endless bowls of fancy nuts can make for a nice dinner. Bring your own opium.