This dimly lit East Village spot is ground zero for speakeasy chic: Think bartenders in bowties and suspenders and sophisticated cocktails that layer multitudes of ingredients and flavors. Leaf through the expansive menu, or let the bartender decide. This venue practically created the “dealer’s choice” concept.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Ransom Note (Rittenhouse rye, Lustau Solera Reserva, vermouth rosso, Ramazzotti, crème de cacao, orange bitters, aromatic bitters)
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Seating is first come, first served. If you can’t get in immediately, leave your number with the doorman and stroll down the block to Amor y Amargo for a pre-apéritif apéritif.