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Housed in Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, this icon of a restaurant still honors its 1959 design by modernist Philip Johnson. Everything—from Philip Johnson’s custom chairs and bar stools, to the metal chain curtains, to the Japanese-style pool in the middle of the dining room—is as true to the original concept as possible, making a meal here something of a field trip for Modernist design nerds. Needless to say, it’s one of the city’s true gems: While the Pool Room is a romantic spot for dinner, New York power lunches take place in the clubby, wood-paneled Grill Room. It’s best for expense accounts: With its lofty prices and bustling location, it’s usually packed with business types and Upper East Side denizens. And while it’s an undeniably elegant space for an event, private rooms here are best reserved for big-deal celebrations like engagements or graduations.

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