Poutine, cocktails, and that radio theme you always loved
New York

Named for the technique used to make old-timey records, this Americana-inspired spot is decked with ephemera from the golden age of radio, like dogs listening intently to a gramophone (you know how dogs used to LOVE gramophones) and former radio station signs. They've got a middle bar room with a mirrored ceiling that's bookended by a front sitting area and a back room that's private party-able, thanks to a really cool sliding gate. Food like poutine and grilled wild boar sausage are on hand, but the place is definitely drinking-focused. To wit: an accessible selection of beers, plus cocktails like the Menlo Punch, which is essentially iced tea and lemonade with Pimm's No. 1 and your choice of floater, so feel free to John Daly that bad boy up. Scope the pics for more details:

The Nipper's Tail in a julep cup is made with Lillet Blanc, Carpano Antica, ginger beer, and a splash of OJ. This is the one you want to "sip all day by the pool", except they don't have a pool.

The Floozy: strawberries, lime, and syrup muddled together, then finished with vodka. "It's actually not that sweet", but the fact that they garnish it with an actual flower from a bouquet on the bar will make your date think otherwise about you. Yeah, player! Man, you're good.

Tables up front.

The couch- and wood-laden back party room.

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1. Hill & Dale 115 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Hill & Dale is a Lower East Side cocktail joint named after the technique used to make records back in the day. It has brick walls, leather sofas and Victorian decor that creates a moody vibe. Look forward to both classic and inventive cocktails in addition to menu items that elevate cuisine from the 20s and 30s.

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