Hung out with a college friend and her work friend and his college friend tonight at a bar called Varjak on Eighth Avenue near West 55th Street in Hell's Kitchen/Midtown West. Yes, it's named after Paul "Fred" Varjak from Breakfast at Tiffany's, but they don't overdo the connection: Just two small photos from the movie -- the kiss in the rain and Holly with the cigarette holder, I think -- in the back near the restroom. Instead, the walls are covered with original local art.
It's a narrow little bar with a few tables in back, but they have nightly jazz, fresh fruit cocktails, Guinness on tap, an assortment of wines, and a nice overall vibe. Around 10, a singer and a jazz combo set up in the front-window alcove and started playing. We didn't stick around for a whole set, but they seemed pretty talented. And if you wanted to talk, you could still hear each other, and if you wanted to listen, it was loud enough.