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Noir: In an area of the city overrun with pricey French restaurants, Noir is a welcome breath of fresh air. From the moment you step inside and see the elegant bar, glimmering crystal chandelier and spiralling marble staircase, you know you're in for a treat. The refreshing and innovative cocktails are brought to you by cocktail veteran Adam DelGiudice, and at $15 a pop they don’t run cheap, but the "Garden Variety" (fresh muddled strawberries & basil, vodka, fresh lime, balsamic, dusted with white pepper), along with every other tasty 'tail on their menu, are well worth the dough. Diners can snack on upscale bar bites like the Alsatian Pizzas, with various toppings including fresh salmon with homemade basil pesto and arugula ($13). Those wanting a more substantial meal can dine under that awe-inspiring chandelier and feast on dishes prepared by chef Jean-Yves Schillinger. If you are seeking a private dining space, look no further than their glass and wine bottle-walled room at the back of the resto. Head to the upstairs bar for a fun late night, complete with oversized punch bowls and a cocktail cart wheeling around to serve you at your seat. While the place may be named Noir, you sure don’t want to stay in the dark about this new Midtown space.