Chalk Point Kitchen & Handy Liquor Bar (Soho)

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  • Why it’s worth it: The perfect day in Manhattan consists of brunching and shopping…in Soho of course. If you’re looking for a pretty restaurant serving pretty food to pretty people, and more specifically, a charming, market-to-table venture, with an adjacent vintage cocktail bar, we’ve got you covered: Chalk Point Kitchen.
  • Vibe/layout: This 70-seat ‘straunt bolsters the country-in-the-city scheme, in an airy and lush space with white-washed wooden plank walls lined with vintage mirrors and tchotchke-packed shelves. The farmhouse feel of CPK complements the locally sourced and organic menu; however, the most defining aspect of CPK is its downstairs bar, the Handy Liquor Bar, which is a classic, sophisticated and timeless cocktail bar with a fun twist: a fireplace and every 90s childhood game you can think of… yes we’re talking Hungry Hungry Hippos and Operation.
  • Ideal meal…brace yourself: Start with smashed avocado on toast ($6) & homemade blueberry muffins ($6); feast on the banana croissant french toast ($11); wash it all down with the  Collect Pond ($13), a refreshing mixture of pear vodka, St. Germaine, apple juice and ginger beer
  • F.Y.I.: The full-fledged piano bar below CPK, the Handy Liquor Bar, is named after Thomas Hardy, one of the first expert barmen in the US in the 1800s.
  • People behind the ‘straunt: Nightlife operator Matt Levine (Sons of Essex) and Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori (Arthur on Smith) teamed up to open CPK, one of our favorite brunch spots in the city.
  • Address: Soho, 527 Broome St. (between Sullivan & Thompson St)
  • Price: $6-$21

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Hotel Delmano (Williamsburg): Speakeasy

This is not a hotel bar. We repeat, this is not a hotel bar. According to Eater, there is a vague and long off plan to rent out the rooms above the bar, but at present, the name is strictly for effect.

Hotel Delmano | Williamsburg | Speakeasy

  • Getting in: Although Hotel Delmano is nondescript from the street with no signage, once inside, one finds oneself in a quaint, mysterious and enchanting room. The front door is barred by a chain as the main entrance is blocked by a bouncer on the side. Don’t be alarmed if they ask you to wait outside.
  • Vibe/layout: The elegantly curved marble bar serves as the centerpiece for this picture-perfect two-room hideaway, adorned with opulent chandeliers, smoky vintage mirrors and black-and-white portraits of old, important-looking people. The bartenders sport suspenders and frequently climb up the wooden ladder behind the bar to fetch bottles on the high up shelves. The cushy banquettes and secluded nooks make this saloon the perfect place for a date night or for catching up with a friend or small group.
  • Drinks: Delicious, beautifully made cocktails for well under $15? We’re in. The Gentle Julep is our favorite (rye, maple, mint, lemon, angostura bitters) ($11). The Pink Cloud (gin, lemon, house-made cranberry shrub, egg white, shaken and served up) ($12) serves as a seasonal runner-up.
  • F.Y.I.: Alyssa Abeta and Zeb Stewart, the Union Pool owners, and Jeff Hansen, the cocktail man, form the team behind this speakeasy.
  • Address: Williamsburg, 82 Berry St (N 9th & Berry)
  • Prices: $12-$14

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The Garret (West Village): Speakeasy

The Garret Speakeasy West Village

  • Getting in: Do your best to make it past the delicious wafting scent of french fries and burgers, as you must walk into the Bleecker St Five Guys, go past the tables, the condiment stand, and the burger ordering station and make your way to the back staircase.
  • Vibe/layout: This impossible-to-find-unless-you’re-looking-for-it cocktail bar is hidden above a Five Guys, and features two massive vaulted skylights, a glass chandelier, several couches and vintage hourglasses. In addition, The Garret has a sunken private party room decked out with a taxidermied rhino head and copper ceilings. The best part about The Garret…besides the cocktails and the fact that you can snag a burger at literally any time: the pop-in breeziness…no reservations are needed.
  • Drinks: Signature cocktails are made from fresh ingredients right before your eyes, but we highly recommend the Sunken Santa (rum, pineapple, velvet falernum, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, angostura) ($14).
  • F.Y.I.: This speakeasy proudly displays the artwork of NYC based artists, including Bradley Theodore (the swans and skull paintings), Nick Bakita (the rhino head), Philip Mortillaro (the door) and Nathan Driver (painting).
  • ‘Straunt tip: Grab dinner at Jeffrey’s Grocery and then grab a drink here!
  • Address: West Village, 296 Bleecker St (7th Ave S & Bleecker)
  • Prices: $7-$14

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Larry Lawrence (Williamsburg): Speakeasy

Larry Lawrence

  • Getting in: It’s easy to miss Larry Lawrence as it is located down a long, concrete hallway demarcated by one word, “Bar.”
  • Vibe/layout: Before 11pm, this bar is nearly always deserted, but it does eventually fill up with people craving a quiet place to chat, drink and/or smoke, which you can do on the glassed-in upper-deck overlooking the bar. The earthy aspects of this bar, including the open, yet intimate space surrounded by brick, wood-paneling and custom furniture, give it a “ski-lodge” sort of feel. This spacious spot is dimly lit, stylish and sleek. On the ground floor, smoothly carved bar stools and wooden booths mark the perimeter, leaving a large amount of floor space for bigger crowds.
  • Drinks: Beers, wines, cocktails, shots… anything… it’s all about the atmosphere here.
  • F.Y.I.: This speakeasy is named after the owner’s childhood friend.
  • Straunt tip: Eat dinner at Caracas Arepa Bar next door, grab a drink at Larry Lawrence and then head to St.Mazie for another drink
  • Address: Williamsburg, 295 Grand St (between Havemeyer & Roebling St)
  • Prices: $4-$16

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Mulberry Project (Little Italy): Speakeasy

Mulberry Project Little Italy Speakeasy

  • Getting in: On a strip of Little Italy mostly known for its red-sauce Italian ‘straunts and cannoli vendors, The Mulberry Project hides from sight, behind a recessed red door below street level. Reservations for the backyard are recommended and on weekends a doorman will stand outside past 10pm.
  • Vibe/layout: This speakeasy is stylish without being pretentious. The interior is small, long and narrow with a few choice black leather booths along one wall and bright red metal bar stools at the bar. The bright crimson mural created by Kurtis Kulig (aka LoveMe at the Ace Hotel) highlights the speakeasy’s focal point, the bar, transforming it into a “stage” for cocktail craftsmanship. The dim lighting and color scheme, along with the industrial lamps dangling from the low ceiling, illuminate the energy and focus of this speakeasy: cocktails. In the summer, the back graffiti-decorated garden and patio is open (and is AMAZING).
  • Drinks: Order a custom-crafted cocktail. Period. I chose the ingredients of my drink from the chalkboard menu, my poison, desired flavors (sweet, spicy, sour, etc) and a selection of fresh fruit, et voila! My vodka-based mango cocktail with a bit of fizz was delicious! The combinations will vary from day-to-day and bartender to bartender, but the cocktails are all beautifully executed.
  • F.Y.I.: A collection of nightlife all-stars (Milk & Honey, Boom Boom Room, Surf Lodge, Bagatelle, RdV) reinvented their cocktails, menu and decor with this speakeasy.
  • Address: Little Italy, 149 Mulberry St (Mulberry & Grand)
  • Prices: Cocktails are around $15

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Apothéke (Chinatown): Speakeasy

Apothéke is the healer of all your ailments. Think mad scientist meets mixologists meets opium dispensary, full of fancy laboratory gear to emphasize the medicinal qualities of nine types of cocktails: Health & Beauty, Stress Relievers (incorporating lavender, sage, etc), Pain Killers (tequila and spices), Stimulants, Aphrodisiacs (champagnes and cognacs), Pharmaceuticals, Euphoric Enhancers, Therapeutic Treatments and House Remedies.

Apotheke  Chinatown  Speakeasy

  • Getting in: The spot is marked by a “Gold Flower Restaurant” sign and a dapper doorman.
  • Vibe/Layout: This small and dimly lit speakeasy looks like a chemistry project and has a decadent and stylish feel, with comfy velvet sofas and chairs lining the bare brick walls. The mixologists, dressed in white lab coats, stand behind the large marble bar mixing labeled and unlabeled glass jars, filled with elixirs and herbs, constructing the perfect “prescription” for any ailment.
  • Tunes: Cool and relaxed music; there is a weekly line-up of live jazz performances on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. “Prohibition Wednesdays” feature a house jazz band and require a password for entrance (follow @apothekenyc on Twitter for the month’s equivalent to “open sesame”)
  • Drinks: Dr. Ruth ($15-$18, California strawberries, vodka, rosemary, agave nectar, lime, champagne) or Fields of Heather ($15-$18, Heather Tips, Vodka, White Peach, Raspberries, Lavender, Limoncello, Lime)
  • F.Y.I.: All of the ingredients are made in-house daily using local and organic produce and herbs from their rooftop garden.
  • Straunt tip: Grab dinner at Nom Wah Tea Parlor and then head over to Apotheke to grab a relaxed drink. Save at Nom Wah and splurge here!
  • Address: Chinatown, 9 Doyers Street
  • Prices: $14-$20

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The Bathtub Gin: Chelsea Speakeasy

Take a closer look at the back wall of Chelsea’s Stone Street Coffee Company and you’ll find it opens to reveal a low-lit speakeasy, the Bathtub Gin. A copper bathtub takes center stage in this ‘straunt and leaves no question as to the source of the bar’s inspiration.

The Bathtub Gin

  • Getting in: A bouncer blocks the door to the coffee shop, where in theory walk-ins are welcome, but reservations (even last-minute ones) are highly recommended.
  • Vibe/Layout: The unmarked door leads into a smallish bar with damask wallpaper, pressed tin ceilings and silk couches. Grab a seat at the high-top tables in the front near the bar or sink into one of the speakeasy’s plush, damask banquettes.
  • Tunes: Jazz plays early in the evening and gives way to hip-hop and dance music later in the evening.
  • Drinks: Dapper bartenders serve elaborate cocktails, including gin- and champagne-based cocktails.
  • Address: 132 9th Ave (between 18th St & 19th St)
  • Prices: $12-$18

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