Food & Drink

How Many of NYC's 11 Best Frozen Cocktails Have You Had?

Published On 07/27/2015 Published On 07/27/2015
Laura Murray/Thrillist
Salvation Taco
Extra Fancy
Huertas/Nate Adler
Alta Linea
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1. Sweetwater Social 643 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

Sweetwater Social is a Greenwich Village hotspot from an all-star team (Justin Noel of 1534 and Tim Cooper, Shaun Rose, and Udi Vaknin from GoldBar). It's got delectable cocktails inspired by subway stations, a sexy vault-like vibe, and superb game options (foosball, anyone?).

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2. Salvation Taco 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

April Bloomfield's all-day restaurant in Midtown is doling out high-end Mexican street food plates in an insanely decorated space. The menu features plenty of traditional and inventive tacos, available three-per-order or as a more formal dinner, and shareable fusion plates like sticky rice tamale and meatballs with manchego cheese. The Murray Hill restaurant is a hit during the after-work hours, especially when the rooftop is open.

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3. The Happiest Hour 121 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Brace yourself: there is no actual happy hour at The Happiest Hour. But don’t fret, the Happiest Burger more than makes up for it, really. The double-patty, double-cheese, California-style burger is better than an In-N-Out Double Double and comes topped with a similar Russian dressing as the West Coast fast-food fave. The bar's resort vibes shine in its cocktail selection, which includes the Frozen Painkiller, a twist on the Tiki classic that pairs rum with crème de Pêche de Vigne liqueur and coconut, lime, and orange juices.

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4. Skinny Dennis 152 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

On the corner of Metropolitan and Berry, Skinny Dennis is a straight-up honky tonk bar in Williamsburg. The divey spot has 18 draft beers (most of which are domestic), a variety of whiskey, and a very addicting bourbon-and-brandy frozen coffee creation. Old-school country jams play from a jukebox all night long, and there are often live performances from local bluegrass and country musicians.

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5. Extra Fancy 302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg's Extra Fancy serves fried, grilled, and raw seafood, like fish & chips and lobster bisque fries, plus a notable secret sauce-topped burger. It's open late -- until 2am every night -- and its special late-night menu will have you covered should you ever get a midnight lobster roll craving. The brick-and-wood interior is reminiscent of a New England seafood shack, albeit a hipster one.

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6. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe 109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village corner oasis for Caribbean food and rum cocktails is hard to miss, with a yellow painted brick exterior and bright blue storefront leading into a dizzying dining room where pops of red and turquoise abound. Miss Lily's is the place to go for jerk chicken (and salmon, pork, and corn), Jamaican speciality stews with oxtail, curry goat, or vegetables, and sides like charred pineapple slaw and sweet plantains. The island-appropriate cocktails are deceptively strong, and the frozen dark & stormy is a must-order.

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7. The Beach at Dream Downtown 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011 (Meatpacking)

On the second floor of the Meatpacking District's Dream Hotel is its outdoor pool and grill, The Beach. Aside from the glass-bottom pool, the deck lounge includes a full-service bar, two private cabanas, and chaise lounges. The indoor/outdoor restaurant serves upscale snack bar food all day long. Luckily, you don't have to be a hotel guest to hit up The Beach -- all-day pool passes are available for purchase, and the restaurant is open to the public.

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8. Huertas 107 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Executive Chef Jonah Miller is behind this Basque-inspired Spanish spot, which brings a four-course, beverage-paired "menu del dia" to the East Village with eats like pork shoulder w/ turnip and Hudson Canyon tilefish with smoked garlic.

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9. El Vez Burrito Bar 259 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282 (Lower East Side)

With a few "burritos especiales" and a design your own option, this burrito bar caters to anyone. It's only open on weekdays from 11am-4pm, but really that's all you need to grab a burrito for lunch. But don't neglect the dessert menu: their soft serve ice cream comes in two flavors -- chocolate and horchata (!!). Plus you can top it with fun things like churro stars or candied pepitas.

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10. Alta Linea 180 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

From the team behind L’Apicio and dell’anima, Alta Linea takes al fresco dining to the next-level in the garden courtyard of the High Line Hotel. The emphasis is on Italian aperitivi, aka pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, so expect an all-Italian wine list, negronis, and aperol spritz. The food menu revolves around small bites like bruschetta, burrata, and grilled vegetables, but there are also a few entrées.

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11. JIMMY at The James 15 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Inspired by 1970s New York and classic pubs, JIMMY is an intimate rooftop escape with sleek upholstered seating, working fireplaces, and warm wood floors. Located on the roof of The James Hotel in Soho, the bar boasts unparalleled 360-degree views of the city skyline. Grab a chaise lounge poolside in the summer or sip the mezcal, honey, lemon, and smoked sea salt Pure & Simple indoors when the weather turns cold.

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