FOOD AND DRINK
Moving and Shaking Amid NYC's Craft Cocktail Scene
New York practically invented the craft cocktail scene so if you want to know what the world is going to be drinking in a year’s time, just hit a few of New York’s best bars for a preview. As such, a visit to a few of these places, will give even the novice a swift and spirited introduction to what’s new and noteworthy in hard liquor.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
This may be the most ambitious bar this side of Dubai. Named after a notorious gang of Irish-American thugs that terrorized the streets of New York 150 years ago, this Financial District bar has re-defined the genre of the “Irish Bar.” Now, nothing less than a book-length menu with 60 original, top-notch cocktails and a wonderful whisky selection can ever be considered a serious contender.
30 Water Street, 646-422-7906
The old Milk and Honey space, the bar that arguably started the entire craft cocktail boom, has been updated and transformed into Attaboy, easily one of the most exciting sorta new bars in New York. Ground zero for the Paper Plane and the Penicillin, two modern classic cocktails, it’s an ideal place to learn about what’s up and coming.
134 Eldridge Street
Blow the bank at the NoMad Bar. Located off 28th street, it has a separate entrance from main entrance to the NoMad Hotel that’s home to a few other notable bars, including The Elephant and The Library. The sublime aesthetic and unparalleled service and attention to detail at the NoMad has upped the ante in New York once again.
10 West 28th Street, 347-472-5660
This bar was one of the original serious cocktail bars but, unlike some of the other early shrines to mixology, it’s also always been a serious party bar. Jammed from moments after opening time until nearly last call seven nights a week, this West Village hard liquor mecca is a large part of the reason they call Manhattan the city that never sleeps.
510 Hudson Street, 212-242-3021
Downtown is generally the destination for craft cocktail bars, but with its lovely selection of hand-crafted classic drinks, Midtown’s Lantern’s Keep in the Iroquois Hotel might just be a game-changer. Better still, this elegant lounge remains a fairly well-kept secret that the hipsters aren’t likely to find, what with it being north of 14th Street.
49 West 44th Street, 212-453-4287
Tequila cocktails didn’t get any respect in the craft cocktail world at first, since they first had to shake off associations with slushy Margaritas and cheap shots followed by salt and lime. Mayahuel had a hand in changing that, with its neo-classic, spirit-forward, dry, and elegant tequila cocktails. Have a seat at the tiny bar in this East Village gem and learn to see tequila in a whole new light. Pork belly not so bad, either.
304 East 6th Street, 212-253-5888
One of the original chic cocktail spots in New York, the always hospitable Flatiron Lounge still delivers. The bar oozes good taste, an aesthetic that extends from the décor and music on to the cocktail menu, with Jazz Age-influenced libations served in an exquisite setting.
37 West 19th Street, 212-727-7741
Looking for a drink on the Upper East Side? Look to The Penrose, a quality bar with a neighborhood feel that serves up first-rate original cocktails and lovely snacks in a charming space. With an emphasis on local, fresh and sustainable, it’s a small menu with something for everyone.
1590 2nd Avenue, 212-203-2751
This article was originally published on Februrary 10, 2015