Linden Room is an intimate bar through the back of new restaurant, Nightbird, also accessible from the side alley. Linden offers just a few seats and a transporting 1930s feel, not out of step with the spirit of Tokyo bars. There’s no bar manager and the menu changes regularly, so consistency can be an issue, but Nightbird chef Kim Alter sources farmers’ market ingredients for the bar as much as the for the kitchen and is directly involved with the cocktail recipes.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The cocktail menu constantly changes, but rather than ordering from the less-exciting spirituous list, explore the seasonal side of the menu where some of the hits can hide, like the crowd-pleasing Ralphie Boy (bourbon infused with peach, tarragon and cardamom and topped with smoked egg white) or Pins & Needles, mixing blanco tequila, Génépy Des Alpes liqueur, hellfire bitters, star-anise-infused cantaloupe juice, lime and a touch of Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira liqueur.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Vinyl makes the tiny space almost feel like an elegant home drawing room. This is the bar for a romantic date or intimate conversation, not a group of friends.