The city’s most anticipated bar recently has been the NYC branch of Chicago’s famed experimental cocktail mecca, The Aviary, and its accompanying “speakeasy,” The Office. The speakeasy opened first, high up in the posh Mandarin Oriental, New York, pouring high-concept drinks in a refined setting that feels equal parts modern Mumbai whiskey club and J.P. Morgan’s private study. A highlight is the wide selection of rare, vintage spirits and apéritifs dating back almost a century, available by the (expensive) ounce. Luxe small bites (rich with foie gras, Iberico ham and caviar), from The Office Experience menu, and New York-inspired cocktails round out the evening.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Expect the menu to change and update in the first few months. But you owe it to yourself to try its take on an Amaretto Sour (made with black truffle, Cynar liqueur, lemon juice, whole egg and salt). Or order a cocktail flight and try several for around $190.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Rather than serenade guests, a vintage radio dispenses a welcome tipple.