The Raines Law Room at The William

THE RAINES LAW ROOM AT THE WILLIAM 24 East 39th St A dark, cozy space with the feel of a Victorian house; it’s adorned with a fireplace, antique furniture, and a book-lined library. The bar is designed to feel like a traditional Victorian house, with a cozy bar room and a traditional English library room…

The Palm Court

The Palm Court 768 5th Ave at 58th St, inside The Plaza Hotel This spectacular room, with its soaring stained-glass roof, transports you to the times of old-world elegance. It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” When The Plaza opened its doors in 1907, it was advertised as the Greatest Hotel…

The Garret

The Garret 296 Bleecker St Skylighted secret bar atop a burger joint. With couches, books, artwork and a fireplace, the Garret feels like a sunny living room. If you come when it’s not busy, you can bring your burgers up and wash ’em down with one of 14 tap beers or with a cocktail prepared…

The Boathouse (Loeb Boathouse)

THE BOATHOUSE (LOEB BOATHOUSE) East 72nd St in Central Park As one of the most romantic places in New York to have a drink or rent a boat, the Boathouse has been enjoyed by New Yorkers since the 1870s. The Zagat review says it all: “It’s all about the ‘unbeatable location’ at this lakeside American…

The Blue Bar at India House

The Blue Bar at India House 1 Hanover Square A hidden bar inside a private club. The Blue Bar is named for its brilliantly-blue color scheme. With oversized neoclassical windows, it feels like an elegant, bright 19th century New York living room. India House, a New York City landmark, was constructed shortly after the fire…

The Blue Bar at Algonquin

The Blue Bar at Algonquin 59 West 44th St between 5th and 6th Ave A literary landmark made known by the “Vicious Circle,” this is one of the most civilized and elegant places to have a conversation over a superb cocktail. The Algonquin gained notoriety when it became a regular meeting spot for the best literary…

Slowly Shirley

Slowly Shirley 121 West 10th St This is a 1940s-era Hollywood-themed bar hidden beneath… another bar. This subterranean speakeasy features inventive but expensive cocktails, art-deco decor, an intimate dark atmosphere and 1940s Hollywood’s Golden Age sensibility. The cocktail menu is quite a good read, with very unusual names, some of which sound like Hollywood movie…

Oyster Bar

OYSTER BAR Inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St A New York institution serving oysters since 1913. As you enter the room, the first thing you’ll notice is the cave-like multi-arched ceiling laid with interlocking terracotta tiles. They were created by Rafael Guastavino, whose brickwork can also be found in the Municipal Building, at…

Mulberry Project

Mulberry Project 149 Mulberry St The home of bespoke cocktails. Unlike most other cocktail places, Mulberry Project is not a speakeasy, but a lounge, with very loud music, and the atmosphere one would not call classy. Mulberry Project specializes in the concept of bespoke cocktails. A regular cocktail menu exists, but it’s much more interesting…

Middle Branch

Middle Branch 154 East 33rd St Prohibition-era cocktails in a two-story Murray Hill townhouse. Even though Middle Branch is not as hard to find as Sasha Petraske’s other establishments, such as Milk & Honey (now closed) or Little Branch, it maintains the main traits of the perfect cocktail bar: the well-crafted cocktail and the classy…