If you are a cigar lover, or married to one like I am, the Carnegie Club is the spot for you in Manhattan. First, the atmosphere is beautiful, evoking an earlier time, with beautiful traditional leather, wood, upholstered furniture
and decor evoking the 1920s or earlier. Very warm and timeless. Second, the service is quite good - friendly without being intrusive. Third, the cocktails are delicious and the small plates menu looks good (we didn't order any food as we went here for drinks before a dinner reservation nearby). Finally, the cigar menu, though not huge, has a pretty good selection of cigars.
General Info: The cigar menu states that there is a minimum purchase of $25 per person, of which at least $15 needs to be tobacco. They seem to be flexible on the tobacco portion, though, as long as at least some of your party orders cigars, such as if only one of a couple smokes cigars, or perhaps 4 people in a party of six order cigars, but all six order a drink or two. My husband and I went to the Carnegie Club together - I had two cocktails (no cigar) and my husband had a cigar plus two cocktails. Between us, we spend considerably more than $50 - and they certainly didn't raise a fuss because I didn't purchase a cigar. I assume this "rule" is to keep the focus on the Carnegie Club as a cigar bar, so that it doesn't fill up with people only interested in cocktails, leaving no space for cigar smokers.
The Carnegie Club also has live music on Saturday nights with their Sinatra Saturdays, featuring an orchestra and a singer, but as we were there on a Friday, I can't comment on that. I do know that reservations are essential for the Sinatra show, and highly recommended at other times. We had reservations fairly early (about 5:30pm) and while there were people there, it wasn't packed. But it started getting busier as it got later.