Food & Drink

Tribeca's new tavern with an underground speakeasy

Making a strong case for being Tribeca's new go-to date spot, Church Street Tavern is a dark, sexy, candle-lit affair lined with tiles, tin, dark leather, and old-school New York vibes that's serving cocktails, raw bar offerings, and modern American plates from a chef who's worked under David Bouley, Gordon Ramsay, and Daniel Boulud.

Oh right, and there's an exclusive underground speakeasy called Bandit's Roost (!!!!) with a separate street-level entrance in back that you'll get to walk through if you 1) have a VIP membership card, 2) are hot and/or the type of person who usually gets into clubs, or 3) are Bono.

Kick it off with the Tavern Board seen here (it's loaded with meats and cheeses and pickled everything), or go with the pumpkin bisque -- hey, it's fall.

Sate yourself with all manner of sea and land goods, like these lamb chops with big white beans and coriander relish, a grilled branzino, or the crispy rock hen with Sherry reduction and a duck fries salad. We're not sure how that works either, but we're getting it.

Come for happy hour or come for way-after-happy-hour, when you can just pull up to the bar and get down with oysters, clams, or king crab from the raw bar, plus interesting cocktails like their take on the margarita with chipotle/berry puree, tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, and Combier.

Or go with the Lady Killer (you WOULD!): a mix of vodka, St. Germain, Aperol, and lemon juice. 

And here's just a peek at the downstairs speakeasy -- it's going to be hard to get into, what with the membership cards and the code to get in. But if you manage it, it'll be excellent.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he enjoys a good lamb chop with his Lady Killer as much as the next guy. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.