As I'm gearing up to go back to the city for a couple of weeks...I started musing over fun and new cocktail places to visit. I found a few that sounded oh-so-tempting. Below are the places I hope to check out and sip a delicious libation (or two).
1. Pegu Club
Audrey Saunders' SoHo cocktail mecca is famous for attention to detail, rejection of vodka and superbly mixed cocktails. Several of Saunders' own creations are available, including the Gin-Gin Mule, Tantris Sidecar and Earl Grey MarTEAni. The eponymous cocktail, the Pegu Club, features dry gin, orange bitters, and orange curacao. Asian-inspired small plates served til 1 am.
· Address: 77 West Houston Street (Wooster and West Broadway)
· Phone: 212-473-PEGU
· Prices: Cocktails $12, Champagne Cocktails $16
2. The Double Seven
Leather banquettes, a 90-seat capacity and freshly squeezed juices come together in this cocktail lounge dedicated to decadence. Signature drinks were created by Sasha Petraske(Milk & Honey) and include the Gold Rush(bourbon, lemon juice, honey and hot water, over ice, with a honey ganache) and Pimm's Rangoon. Debauve & Gallais chocolates arrive paired with drinks before midnight.
· Address: 418 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. and Washington St.)
· Phone: 212-981-9099
· Prices: Cocktails $16
3. Flatiron Lounge
Opened in 2003, the Flatiron Lounge successfully mimics a 1920s speakeasy atmosphere with the original 1927 bar, jazz music, art deco styling and an array of classic cocktails. Flatiron Originals include unique cocktails like the Hibiscus Swizzle, Lychee & Lemongrass Fizz and Cherry Smash for those seeking contemporary comforts. The nightly flight features 3 mini-cocktails with a central theme or ingredient.
· Address: 37 West 19 Street
· Phone: 212-727-7741
· Prices: cocktails $12, flights $18
4. East Side Company Bar
Unlike Milk & Honey, Sasha Pretraske's more democratic, more affordable cocktail lounge has a published phone number and doesn't require reservations. Pressed tin ceilings and wooden booths create a great atmosphere for enjoying the cocktails made with care using fresh juice, fresh garnishes and large ice cubes on the Lower East Side. They also offer a light menu, including smoked salmon and hummus.
· Address: 49 Essex St. (Grand St.)
· Phone: 212-614-7408
· Prices: $8 cocktails
5. Employees Only
Walk past the fortune teller and grab a seat at the bar to experience the skillful bartending action upclose at Employees Only. Creative and delicious signature drinks reflect the seasons and the expert bartenders can mix up just about any classic cocktail as well. Watching the bartenders meticulously chill glasses, stir drinks and even taste before serving is nearly as fun as enjoying the cocktail itself. Dinner menu available.
· Address: 510 Hudson Street
· Phone: 212-242-3021
· Prices: cocktails $12