There are many spots in New York to grab an unusual or expensive bottle of whiskey. But there are few with as extensive and deep a collection of rarities as this gilded tribute to brown spirits, and it goes far beyond scotch and bourbon. From the brains behind whiskey and jazz mecca The Flatiron Room comes this new spot dedicated to the grail hunter. Live nightly jazz and reclaimed materials, like the century-old flooring and vintage rolling library ladders, add character to the covetable menu, which includes unusual tequilas, rums and more.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The cocktail menu here is no afterthought. But the one that’s going to blow up your Instagram is the Smoking Old Fashioned, made with either rum or rye and arriving at your table with a big cloud of custom wood smoke.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There’s so much going on here, from a jazz brunch and a stellar bottle keep program to private tasting classes, it’s hard to take it all in. The coolest bit for spirits nerds: They’ll bring the entire bottle of whatever you order to check out, like wine sommeliers do, and many hard-to-find gems are available by the glass.