Food & Drink

9 new cocktail bars just opened. Now go drink in them.

Published On 01/06/2014 Published On 01/06/2014
Louie and Chan - Best new cocktails
Melissa Hom
King Cole Bar
Daniel Krieger
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1. Attaboy 134 Eldridge St, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Founded by former Milk & Honey mixologists Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy, Attaboy is an intimate, semi-hidden craft cocktail bar and lounge on the Lower East Side. Operating out of Milk & Honey's old digs, Attaboy builds on the personalized cocktail experience M&H made popular with a menu changes nightly and encouraging guests to ditch the menu altogether; simply tell Sam or Michael what you're into and they'll craft you a bespoke libation worthy of hall of fame status.

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2. Hudson Malone 218 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

Former PJ Clarker's bartender Doug Quinn brings you this classic NY drinkery in Midtown East. This saloon-like spot serves up classic cocktails (Manhattans and Martinis) and comfort food, like their organic grass-fed burgers. The 60s' throwback interior is perfectly Mad Men-esque while still feeling modern and cool.

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3. Louie & Chan 303 Broome St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This dimly lit, cozy joint serves up artisanal Italian dishes like tagliatelle with sausage and caramelized fennel, and has an adjoining speakeasy to grab a cocktail downstairs.

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4. Featherweight 135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Bushwick)

There’s no sign announcing Featherweight in Bushwick/East Williamsburg—just a towering mural of a tired boxer collapsing onto his punching bag. Once you enter the “secret” cocktail cave, a discreet offshoot of neighboring Sweet Science, you’ll be glad you’re in-the-know. The intimate-yet-stylishly-dingy space, all distressed tin and vague tiki touches, takes cocktailery seriously with a considered menu featuring strong sips like Witch’s Brew (jujube-infused gin, lemon, Gran Classico Bitter) and icy, imaginative ones like the Scalloway (scotch, rum, orgeat, pineapple, lime bitters) in a bamboo-shaped glass brimming with crushed ice. Lightweights be warned: Featherweight is not for you.

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5. King Cole Bar & Salon 2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown West)

Tucked away in the St. Regis hotel, The King Cole Bar is full of warm décor and expertly mixed drinks.

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6. Wallflower 235 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

A sister restaurant to The Eddy, The Wallflower offers a plethora of original cocktails, an international wine list, and a menu inspired by seasonal and regional French country fare. The spot doesn't have a sign out front, but if you find it you'll enter a tin-ceilinged space with orange and grey banquettes and a distinctively intimate vibe. The small plates feel like elevated picnic fare, making perfect accompaniments to cocktails (made by Xavier Herit, former bartender at Daniel) and conversation. Both the food and drink menus change seasonally, inviting you to come time and again for a new evening in a familiar space.

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7. Botanic Lab 82 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Mixologists Miguel Aranda and Ignacio Carballido have joined together to offer up some very inventive and creative cocktails at this LES lounge.

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8. Golden Cadillac 13 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The Golden Cadillac is bringing back disco balls, sexy drinks and polyester suits at this East Village spot that has a real 70s feel.

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9. Burning Waters Cantina 116 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

Located in Greenwich Village, the Burning Waters Cantina is serving up south-of-the-border inspired cocktails and drinks.