When the wind starts whipping through the streets and hats are no longer just saviors for bad hair days, we’re not gonna pretend like we don’t keep indoors, which happens to be a great excuse for holing up and indulging in our favorite libations. And with that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 35 best holiday cocktails in New York.
Whether you’re looking for delicious traditional bevvies or wild new takes on seasonal favorites, our handpicked list boasts the most delectable drinks NYC has to offer (from Central Park to the bottom of Brooklyn). Whether you want to imbibe on a spiced-honey-bourbon concoction at a Cobble Hill hot spot or sip some gingerbread-apple mix at a tony UES boîte, we've got your back. Now go forth and get a taste for these holiday spirit(s)…with options as stellar as these, we’ll be pleased as punch to do exactly the same.
Click through for 35 perfect winter spots for holiday merrymaking.
Housed inside the Setai Fifth Avenue, chef Michael White's classic French-Italian restaurant is one of those special occasion spots. You know — sky-high heels, back-of-the-closet dress and unbelievable food that makes the next day's lunch look, well, wilted. With a classed-up scene perfect for date night, Ai Fiori's combination of tableside service and holiday favorites makes their hot Vin Brule and creamy, homemade Normandy Nog a dressed-up way to ring in the season.
If you're sick of hiding your favorite wares underneath that poofy coat, bust out that glammed up dress and glitzy bib that means business, and rock some kicky pumps like street salt won't ruin ‘em on the way home. You can grab a drink at the marbled bar, too, but when you look this good? A waltz through the dining room is all but necessary.
Ai Fiori, 400 5th Avenue (at 36th Street), 212-613-8660.
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Photos: Courtesy of Ai Fiori
The beach. The waves. The excuse to suck down anything inside a pineapple....summertime being so far behind us is a big-time bummer, sure. But, there are significant upsides to the snowy tundra that lays its sheath over the city, and one of those pops up every winter at Riverpark. Known for its East River-adjacent patio during the warm months, the Tom Colicchio-owned restaurant has just as much of a jaw-dropping view in the wintertime, and a cocktail menu, too. Take the Hazelnut Lantern: a part pumpkin, part hazelnut-infused vodka & tonic that makes carefree Happy Hours come alive again, even without a round of defrosting Coronas. Who wants to be melting on the too-hot sand when you could be kicking back with your besties inside a restaurant-style snow globe?
Those stunning riverside views are perfect after a long day of glaring at your desktop, so round up your Hamptons weekend crew and make it a winter fiesta. Flex your layering muscle by piling a patterned sweater dress under an oversized biker jacket that’ll sure to keep you warm all night, even with those waterfront winds. Just ‘cuz that yellow polka dot bikini is collecting dust doesn’t mean you have to avoid whimsical spots all together.
Riverpark, 450 East 29th Street (at FDR Drive); 212-729-9790.
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Photos: Courtesy of Riverpark
Eating your way through the South would take weeks on end, not to mention more hand wipes than we can count. But, at Blue Smoke, all you have to do is tuck into its red vinyl booths to taste it all. This BBQ haven is like a one-stop culinary tour of the country's top smokehouses, and it's ripe for lip-smacking sharing. We're talking Texas beef brisket, Kansas City spare ribs, Memphis baby backs — and, to wash it all down? The Hayride, a bourbon-based concoction complete with pear brandy, homemade spiced cider, and a cinnamon sugar-coated rim.
Traveling cross-country in one night doesn't get much better than this, especially when you can pop by post-work with as many friends as you can share a slab with. Don a couple of casual cool touches like a flashy leather moto and lace-up heels, and round it out with a crisp button down that provides just enough eating room. With grub this sticky and gooey, just be sure to tuck in a napkin!
Blue Smoke Flatiron, 116 East 27th Street (between Lexington and Park avenues); 212-447-7733.
Blue Smoke Battery Park City, 255 Vesey Street (between West Street and North End Avenue); 212-889-2005.
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Photos: Melissa Hom (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
There are three words that can put the kibosh on any of those jolly, snow-filled good times: year-end reports. Just thinking of crunching those Excel numbers makes us want to shudder, but thanks to Todd Mitgang's new hot spot, Crave Fishbar, taking an hour (or two) off to tuck into their Midtown restaurant's plaid banquettes makes those long weeknights much more tolerable. The Crabhattan, a combination of rye, apple cider, amaro, bitters and vermouth topped with a dehydrated crab apple, is just the thing to keep your mind off those expense reports, too — even if you have to head back to your desk right after dinner.
Their cozy space and impeccable dishes are perfect for post-work drinks, so throw on a trench, grab a co-worker you think will be stuck under the florescent glow just as long as you, and have a proper, abbreviated night out. When you rock Erdem’s floral-splashed skirt under breton stripes à la City of Lights, it’ll be that much easier to remember those glorious days of end-of-year paid vacation are just around the corner.
Crave Fishbar, 945 2nd Avenue (at 50th Street); 646-895-9585.
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Photos: Michael Cinquino (interior), Todd Mitgang (drink)
Whether its a false door, fakey fortune teller shop or a pretend phone booth, the speakeasy entrance is a work of art — and one we’re glad to have. This one-of-a-kind spot is so secretive, though, that not only is its entrance fully marked, it’s open after 11 p.m. and legitimately reservation-only. Hidden inside Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel (former attendees may remember this as the last stop before and after the theatrics), this dark, foggy and downright sexy club has intense cocktails aplenty, but most importantly, a full schedule of unbelievable live performers. Check your coat (and cell phone) inside, grab a table once theatregoers begin to clear out, and be truly transformed into the days of yore.
Even though you’ll feel like you’re in a different world, it’s still winter time outside, so cozy up to The McKittrick Cider, a rye-brandy blend infused with pear and apple cider made in house, honey, and Allspice Dram to round it out. It’s different up there, in the truest of senses, so you can pull off in this dimly-lit lounge — especially an ultra-feminine ensemble like this beaded Alice & Olivia dress with a pearl necklace fit for a modern-day princess. Jewels alone won’t help you reach this hideaway, so get in the door by joining their mailing list, or dropping the ever-elusive Tom a line.
Manderley, 532 West 27th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues); 212-904-1883.
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Photos: Allan Zepeda (interior), Courtesy of The McKittrick Hotel (drink)
There are better ways to toast the season than with two Venti Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos, and at Molyvos' midtown Greek go-to, they've figured out the perfect way to do just that. By blending La Colombe Coffee, steamed milk, and cinnamon with a friendly helping of Tentoura liquor, The Patrinos starts off as a cafe favorite but ends with a kick. Perfect for a post-work pick-me-up or a nightcap that's significantly better than that shot of espresso, this swig-worthy stunner comes with complimentary holiday cookies —perks you're not likely to snag at Starbucks anytime soon.
Having something to look forward to after finishing hummus and tzatziki up front or every last bite of grilled lamb chops in the photo-adorned dining room will make you want to always save your coffee fix for evening time. Dip your toe into the pool of winter festivities by donning these two-tone green pumps, cream trimmed sweater and shiny silver bag for your evening tipple, all prime for wintertime without looking like you’re attending a costume party as Rudolph’s nose. Oh, and the secret perk of throwing on patterned pants post-Labor Day? No one’s gonna notice if you have to unbutton ‘em a bit from imbibing. Good thing we’ve never met a cookie we didn’t like.
Molyvos, 871 7th Avenue (at West 55th Street), 212-582-7600.
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Photos: Paul Johnson
There are a few age-old gems scattered around New York City, and Bemelmans Bar is no doubt one of the best. If you've been, you know all about its old-school glamour, down to the tiered tray of delicate snacks. And if you haven't? Throw on your best Friday night look, grab a loved one, and get thee to the Upper East Side, stat.
The glamorous, dimly lit spot located inside the Carlyle Hotel is something of a dream come true. The walls are lined with artwork by Ludwig Bemelmans, a former hotel resident and author of the Madeline books. (Twelve little girls in two straight lines!) The music, provided through December by jazz pianist Loston Harris, gives you a glimpse of what life was like in a less technological time. And the sophistication, from the gilded ceilings to the spot-on service, is well worth the steep price of a special-occasion trip to this uptown gem.
If fruitcake's your version of toasting to the wintertime holidays, their Gingerbread Apple Christmas Cocktail should be the best trip to the dessert table since, well, forever. Balance the bar's UES femininity with some downtown swag by pairing an oversized, nubbed blazer with a short patterned dress, like a nighttime take on daytime duds. Pass on the overcoat, too — you'll be so snuggled up at your teensy table, you won't even need another layer.
Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue); 212-744-1600.
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Photos: Courtesy of The Carlyle
Beep beep! Those Mister Softee trucks are good for twisty cones on a hot summer day, but when the cold fronts roll in, there's only one vehicle full of frozen dessert goods you'll want to breathe frosty cold air in front of. Coolhaus' epic Dark Hot Chocolate is made completely from scratch, and is so unbelievably good that it's our only pick that won't give you a boozy buzz. Add in your choice of marshmallow (we suggest Salted Caramel) to the creamy 72% dark chocolate mix, and it's like an ice cream sundae that'll warm you up from the inside.
Harness the power of Twitter to track down their treat-filled truck, and brave the brisk temps with a fur-trimmed parka and ultra-long sweater. You could always throw on an extra pair of gloves to warm up, but Coolhaus’ way is a lot tastier.
Coolhaus, location varies across New York, check for updates on Twitter; and on their website.
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Photos: Eve Cooke for Coolhaus
Get ready to feast! Even if we are hand-selecting the best bevvies in town, we can’t mention Red Rooster without mentioning the food, dreamed up by Chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose cornbread and culinary skills are known around the city and the world. This Harlem hot-spot gets so packed that dinners at the geriatric hour of 5:30 p.m. seem reasonable once you get your first bites of his creations.
Yet, between a downstairs jazz club, a celebrity chef, an adjacent pastry shop and Swedish-inspired soul food that’s sure to make you salivate, there’s a ton going on throughout Red Rooster’s compound, which is why we’re shining a light on Harlem Nights, one of the most curious whiskey-based cocktails we’ve seen to date. With a float of bourbon whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of a mix of Bushmills, honey syrup and Mole bitters, this is the best thing to happen to dessert-topped drinks since Zoolander praised the joys of Orange Mocha Frappuccinos. A peplum blouse will keep you dressy enough to tuck into Ginny’s Supper Club post-meal in style, and a pair of polka-dot flats will make that infamous wait less brutal. Though, next to what’s being served up in this part of the city, it’ll be difficult to outshine the grub.
Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue (at West 126th Street); 212 792-9001.
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Photos: Monika Sziladi (interior), Courtesy of Red Rooster (drink)
The classic English gastropub is known for its char-grilled burgers, meaty menu, and the occasional Jay-Z spotting. But, once the temps hit the lower 30s, a new perk appears on the horizon: Mulled wine. Homemade with a blend of sugar and spices, the seasonal treat gets added to the cocktail rotation as soon as you can see your breath from the cold two days in a row. (Chef April Bloomfield's rules!) Even if we'll have to brave ice-covered sidewalks and brown street snow to get a taste of it, we're glad this West Village mainstay gives us something to look forward to in the early days of winter.
Nabbing a stool-height table at this classic pork castle is still as tough as it was years back, so make sure hemlines won't get in your way of kicking back. Dress up on top with a metallic jacquard blazer like this glitzy Topshop number, and throw on a pair of pants that are more eye-catching than a sack full of autumn’s leftover leaves. Trust us: Cider won’t be the only hot item at their upstairs bar.
The Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th Street (at Greenwich Street); 212-620-0393.
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Photos: Courtesy of The Spotted Pig (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
A Christmas Story. Crackling fireplaces. A newfound urge to buy a bag of hot almonds from a street vendor. There are so many things that make wintertime feel special, and an olde-time bevvie on one of the West Village's hippest corners doesn't hurt. We wouldn't say it could dethrone Home Alone on its own, but sipping on A.F. Rapoport's Hot Buttered Rum from Joseph Leonard's wooden wrap-around bar could give any pop culture icon's holiday significance a run for its money.
Surrounded by antique photos and vintage bric-a-brac — restaurateur Gabe Stulman excels at homey comfort and knockout food — you'll want to don your West Village best, especially since you're bound to be up-close-and-personal with your date, and whoever else is at the intimate spot's teensy tables. When you pair figure-flattering winter florals with some of the chicest wedge booties we’ve ever seen, there’s no way even the tables in back won’t notice. Then again, even if they don’t, you can’t blame ‘em for not being able to tear themselves away from the joint’s addictive sriracha brussel sprouts and creative cordials.
Joseph Leonard, 170 Waverly Place (at Grove Street); 646-429-8383.
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Photos: Henry Hargreaves
If we had to pick one restaurant we just love at this very moment, Perla would take the cake. (And the seared foie gras antipasti, too.) Chef Michael Toscano's play on traditional Italian grub yields a mix of high-low menu options (Garganelli with tripe, foie gras-slabbed PB&Js) that, simply put, will blow your mind. Whether you're cozying up to a date at the bar or throwing back with friends in their comfy red booths, this place is always a delicious, non-stop party. Their Paul Harvey A.M.Radio, a crisp mix of calvados, cider and lemon, is almost as low-key cool as the restaurant's buzzing vivaciousness, which has quickly ousted Minetta Tavern as the only must-visit watering hole on the block.
With some of hip-hop's biggest names staring you down from the photo-filled walls, you can get away with some of the riskier duds in your closet at this tucked-away joint. Play off the menu's mix-it-up ethos with a pattern-clashing get-up melding multiple textures. Touches of velvet paired with polka-dot trousers and a truly dreamy coat provide the ultimate downtown pairing to help you kick back in ease. Though, if you've got Missy Elliott's Supa Dupa Fly suit on hand, that's always a good choice, too.
Perla, 24 Minetta Lane (at Sixth Avenue); 212-933-1824.
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Photos: Henry Hargreaves
While our lunch hours typically consist of a sandwich in the glow of a computer monitor, it's a different, siesta-filled story over in Spain. We wouldn't suggest throwing up an out-of-office for three hours to try it yourself, but once you've clocked out for the day? This Soho tapas spot serves as your direct connection to the county's relaxed, small-plate loving culture.
Grab some co-workers, order a few rounds of gambas and patatas bravas, and get a round of Holiday Sangria with Brandied Cranberries to wash it all down. The spiced twist on one of our favorite summertime libations will make you feel like you've stumbled onto a portal to the magnificent land of sanctioned mid-day naps, with a hint more nutmeg. (Just the thing you need after a day full of extra-long meetings, too.)
In this conference-room-meets-girls’-night-out getup, a hefty bauble and the punkiest kitten heels around make your day-to-night transition as simple as an oversized pitcher of the good stuff. Hey, no one ever said “fake it ‘til ya make it” couldn’t apply to pretending you’re on vacation.
Boqueria Flatiron, 53 West 19th Street (at Sixth Avenue); 212-255-4160.
Boqueria Soho, 171 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Thompson Street); 212-343-4255.
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Photos: Courtesy of Boqueria
To get to this underground bar, you’ll have to get to Soho, bypass an unmarked door, and...talk to your neighbor? Yes, it sounds as peculiar as another season of attempting kitten heels, but at 1534, they take ambiance seriously. Whether you consider the bar’s rules to be cheeky or just a pinch invasive, either way, they’ve leveled the playing field for talking up that cutie one table over — and encourage all the wild behavior you haven’t partaken in since the college party-hopping days.
Since you’re already letting your guard down by belting along to that ‘80s Seger classic (rule #8!), sport your most daring overcoat — this Marni metallic brocade number should serve for sartorial inspiration — with a kitschy clutch and glitzy heels for your collective moment in the spotlight. Throw back a shot from the staff (rules #9 & #10) if you’re lucky enough to get one, or order up The White Hand Gang — this mix of whiskey, lemon juice, and rosemary syrup with a dollop of Apricot Preserves will be your fruitcake-in-a-glass, only fancier. Offering a stranger a sip is a perfect way to check rule #7 off of that list.
1534, 20 Prince Street (between Elizabeth and Mott streets); 212-966-5073.
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Photos: Dominic Perri
Though Santa's worldwide journey is weeks away and we still haven't had our fill of neon-colored candy canes, there's big reason to celebrate: the famed Red Hot Poker has finally returned to Booker and Dax's bonkers cocktail list. Why such a drop-everything-and-drink news flash, you ask? Because instead of heating this bad boy up the regular way, the brainiacs at Momofuku's cocktail bar stick a fire-wielding poker into the glass to render the Pernod, lemon, cinnamon and sugar concoction. (And here thought a heavyset man shimmying down a fireplace was the coolest thing we'd ever heard of.)
In this super-small space connected to Momofuku Ssam formerly housing the very first Milk Bar, fanatics used to perch over tall tables to get a taste of their now-famous crack pie and compost cookies. Now? It's all chemistry-laden cocktails as tasty as the porky bits & namesake ramen that's made Momofuku king. Innovation on top of innovation calls for something special, so step it up a few notches and rock your most daring look — or, in our opinion, a jumpsuit paired with a few unexpectedly all-American touches. In a land of savory ice creams, potato chip-filled cookies and various porky delights, anything goes, from the plate to your fashion palate.
Booker & Dax at Momofuku Ssäm, 207 2nd Avenue (at 13th Street); 212-254-3500.
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Photos: Gabriele Stabile
When it comes to neighborhood bars, The Wayland is killing it. Frankly, if we had a sheet full of those gold stars from second grade, we'd award 'em all to the team behind this Alphabet City hot spot. Serving up bevvies with a twist and the perfect boozy grub, it's not just the spot-on vibe that make this place so gosh darn great — it's the thought behind it. Kale-infused margaritas, sausage bread with ricotta — everything here's just a bit more special than usual, down to their French Fig Flip, a lemony mix of fig-infused brandy, egg, and housemade fig bitters.
It’s all about the details, so don something slightly unexpected, like a leather paneled dress that won’t stuff you in like a sausage with a blazer cut to new proportions. Take a friend, take a date, take the out-of-towner who's dying to escape Times Square — no matter who's saddling up next to you at their newly-expanded bar, you're bound to have a kickass time. Especially if you order their oh-so-perfect nut mix and a few things to wash it down with.
The Wayland, 700 East 9th Street (at Avenue C); 212-777-7022.
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Photos: Melissa Hom for The Wayland (interior), Courtesy of The Wayland (drink)
Seasonal boozing is just like holiday presents — it's the thought that counts. And at Lower East Side's answer to frat parties of collegiate yore, grabbing a spiked coffee is as easy as rolling out of bed and picking up a cup of Joe. For the teensy-weensy charge of a typical ATM fee, Hair of the Dog lets you turn your favorite pick-me-up into a prim-o Sunday morning wake up call — the Coffee Spike Special. With a dash of Jameson, Ryan's Irish Cream, Amaretto or anything else of your choosing, grabbing a round of java from Roasting Plant or Grumpy is, well, that much more of a festivity.
Throw on some wedge sneaks, grab the comfiest jeans you can find and gather your wide-eyed (and slightly hungover) friends before Sunday afternoon gets away from you. Or, if it does, just order their stuffed burgers that ooze with cheese, and make an early, greasy night of it.
Hair of the Dog, 168 Orchard Street (at Stanton Street); 212-477-7771.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hair Of The Dog (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
As relaxing as a long weekend in the Tropics can be, somewhere between the summer wardrobe unearthing and "Where's my passport?" panic, the idea of schlepping so far can lose its luster. Once you make it past PKNY's unmarked door on the Lower East Side, though, you can enjoy a Narnia-like wonderland of Polynesian fun, all without having to stuff your precious belongings into a teensy carry-on bag.
Their endless menu offers everything from flaming bowls of elixirs to share with pals to hulled out coconuts filled with the classics, but for this season, we suggest the Happy Ending. What starts as an already delicious pineapple and rum concoction comes served over crushed ice with nutmeg and coconut, like a snow-topped ode to the outside weather you're so cleverly eluding.
This Tiki temple is prime for knocking back a few Zombie Punches with an old friend or seeing a significant other attempt to turn down a Frozen Daquiri. But no matter who you're kicking it with at their festive bar, wearing all of your glitziest goodies and those beloved golden oxfords at once will make you feel like a coconut-swilling goddess.
PKNY, 49 Essex Street (at Grand Street); 212-777-8454.
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Photographed by Sara Haile
It's been a couple of years since the light at the end of the alley known as Freeman's was a well-known secret. But, even if the cat's supremely out of the bag, the perennially-packed tavern is still offering up delicious grub, an intimate scene and a killer lineup of cocktails that'll have the mix of meat-and-drinks sidelining your productivity through the early hours of the following day.
If you wander your way in and manage to grab a table with your special someone in tow, order up their Spot of Gin, an atypical concoction comprised of chamomile-infused gin, lemon juice and honey. Sounds kind of like what you'd give a party girl if she was feeling under the weather, but sniffles be damned, we're down for this anytime. As New Yorkers, it's hard to think the day would come where we'd swap our brunch time coffee for anything hot and floral, but this may be the one to do it.
Get your date night fix on in sleek leathery leggings, and give em a different kind of oomph by pairing them with velvet-toed heels instead of clunky boots. Throw a coat that’s just a bit out of the norm on top, and you’ll be just as intriguing as what’s waiting at the end of the alley.
Freemans, End of Freeman Alley (at Rivington Street); 212-420-0012.
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Photos: Courtesy of Freemans (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
Hurricane Sandy all but robbed us of haunted houses and Halloween frights, but if Apotheke is the closest we'll get to a mad scientist's lab, we're cool with that. The drink options at this Chinatown speakeasy err on the side of Prohibition-era potables, with cocktails modeled after a chemist's concoctions and fresh ingredients sourced from a rooftop herb garden, too. We may have missed the endless nights of October terror, but their Sleepy Hollow, a bourbon-apple mix powered by a dash of butternut squash, cinnamon and spices, makes the return seasonal scares with every sip.
Grab a couple pals and bunker down on the bar's lush seating, in close view of the antique medicinal bottles lining the bar. If we’re all pretending it’s the ‘20s when cocktails are involved anyway, tap into the time’s lush styling with a beaded frock that looks fresh off the set of Boardwalk Empire, and boots that look anything but. And, if you're looking for something that's more 'tis this season with your throwback duds, the Corazon de Fuego — a hot, fruit-filled rum drink — should do the trick.
Apotheke, 9 Doyers Street (at Pell Street); 212-406-0400.
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Photo: Courtesy of Apotheke (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
We're all for out-of-the-ordinary. Manicures that glow in a rave-tastic way, bags that look like gloves — anything that puts a spin on the norm pretty much makes it right on our radar. So, given our obsession with all things atypical, you can only guess how high a secret Mexican restaurant in Chinatown ranks in our books.
Pulqueria's likely the only spot on the block serving up tortilla chips instead of wontons, but thankfully, the surprises don't end there. The Smoking Apple, a cinnamon-y mix of mezcal and apple cider, is just the switch-up we love to see where holiday bevvies are concerned. Hitting the seasonal must-haves on the nose while chowing down on dee-lish platos grandes of enchiladas and carne asada with your girls? We can't see a better reason to toss those Secret Santa funds in a pile, and pool the moolah for a night out downtown. Opt for decked-out jammies like this glittery sweatshirt and silken pants, and avoid making the biggest mistake of your life: suffering from a too-tight waistband all meal long.
Pulqueria, 11 Doyers Street (at Pell Street); 212-227-3099.
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Photos: Courtesy of Pulqueria/Matthias Gaggl (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
We've all been there. The suspenders-sporting mixologist is shaking your cocktail for an uncomfortable amount of time, you're slowly ruining interest in getting something with a sprig of rosemary in it, and when you finally get the sort of green, sort of cloudy mixture in hand, it's terrible. And, for the record, much too expensive.
Ward III, infused-liquor lovers, is where you can seek comfort and refuge from phony cocktail parlors of late . Run by the same people who brought you The Rum House, this TriBeCa booze lounge serves nothing short of prim-o quality elixirs at a price point that understandably matches it. The dim lighting, the expert bartenders, the array of edible bits and bobbins lining the extra-long centerpiece bar — you may not always know what you'll get if you give 'em suggestions and let their masters take a whirl, but you'll absolutely love it.
You could try your hand at their spot-on menu or slug 'em down, seasonal style, with their multifaceted Hot Toddy Menu. Offering up the wintertime drink with three base spirits to choose from, whether you opt for rum, bourbon or Auchentoshen Bordeaux Cask Scotch (for real), you'll be cheers-ing to winter for hours to come.
This dark downtown bar is solid for swinging by on your way back from the office or kindling a new end-of-year romance, so repurpose your favorite fall kicks with a killer brocade skirt. If you want to attempt both at once while sipping your way through the menu, a printed top that’ll make ‘em lean in closer can make that happen, too.
Ward III, 111 Reade Street (at West Broadway), 212-240-9194.
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Photos: Paul Wagtouicz (drink), Courtesy of Ward III (interior)
When it comes to vegetables, we say the fresher, the better. Well, at North End Grill, the proprietors take their produce seriously. So seriously, in fact, that veggies are plucked from a 1,000-square-foot farm atop the nearby Conrad Hotel. Looks like the 'round-the-corner approach to cuisine is working, because the restaurant, run by Top Chef champion Floyd Cardoz, was just named the #1 newcomer in Zagat's 2013 guidebook. To celebrate? The Bishop's Dram, a cold mix of Famous Grouse, spiced Grenadine, Pinot Noir and All Spice Dram, all roused together with orange bitters and a lemon twist.
If you're lucky enough to be enjoying the superbly seasonal drink at the bar or under the eye-catching lamps hanging above the dining room, we suggest sporting a sheer and simple LBD with a fleecey poncho that packs a punch. Perfect for a night out with a crush, and prim-o for stocking away three appetizers without showing. You wouldn't want those ultra-fresh radishes to outshine you, wouldya?
North End Grill, 104 North End Avenue (between Vesey and Murray streets); 646-747-1600.
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Photos: Melissa Hom (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
When it comes to restaurant bucket lists, there are a few places always bound to be included. And, if you add hot spots to hit in a bridge-connected borough, this place would be at the tippy-top of that list in permanent ink. Known for its killer brunch — and understandably lengthy waits — Vinegar Hill House is a gold star in a sky filled with mediocre mid-morning eggs and sad Saturday bacon. The DUMBO mainstay serves up such jaw-dropping takes on concoctions like sourdough blueberry pancakes and shrimp & grits that your weekday cereal will be difficult to face come Monday morning.
Spare yourself from an early afternoon food coma by perking up with their signature Irish Coffee. Swirling Irish spirits inside a steamy cup of joe topped with a dollop of whipped cream is one way to make that wait go by like that, and as perfectly cooked as the Eggs Benedict are, this one’s our favorite brunch pairing above all. So, wipe off last night’s eyeliner, skip the just-rolled-out-of-bed-look and put on your cutest winter frock with a pair of shiny oxfords to boot. Not only will you be bright-eyed for the best beverage of your week, you’ll be perfectly dressed for wandering around the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets before heading back home.
Vinegar Hill House, 72 Hudson Avenue (at Water Street); Brooklyn; 718-522-1018.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vinegar Hill House/Ingalls (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile (drink)
Somewhere between lugging a tree to the top of a six-story walk-up and getting the electricity bill for those (excessive) strands of lights, it can be hard to soak up the holiday spirit, especially when it all feels so...miniaturized.
Thanks to our friends at Brooklyn’s Henry Public, though, you can enjoy the holiday with your friends and loved ones, without needing to tie anything to the top of a car or painstakingly hanging ornaments from a makeshift cardboard tree. From mid-December thru New Year’s, the watering hole serves up a killer egg nog unlike anything you spent your formative years slurping down. Mixed with brandy, rum, cream, egg, sugar, and garnished with grated nutmeg and a float of allspice dram, one swig of this saloon’s delectable concoction will infuse you with more festive spirit than an apartment full of miniature Christmas trees.
Those long, cold weekends are perfect for warming up with an early evening’s round of drinks, so grab your pals (or just the person you know you’ll end up crashing with that night), and get a head start on the pine-scented season. If you snuggle up in a cozy sweater and ultra-thick velvet pants, it almost balances out that tinsel sweater you secretly sport all month long whenever you’re home alone.
Henry Public, 329 Henry Street (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street); Brooklyn; 718-852-8630.
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Photos: Dan Krieger (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile
There are places to get a drink, and then there are places to drink. Char No. 4, thankfully, is one of the latter, and may have even been bestowed upon us by the Bourbon-tasting gods. Their Bourbon Insider, consisting of spiced honey bourbon — essentially, bourbon infused with "tons of holiday spices" — hard cider, and lemon, sorta sounds like the best thing that'll happen across the five boroughs before the year's end.
If you manage to work up an appetite, chef Matt Greco's deliciously indulgent, Southern-influenced bites should keep you and your date going until another round of Insiders creep their way back to your table. And, just like the kitchen, an eye-catching patterned blazer and a bumpy, beaded handbag make a new take on old favorites that much more wowing. Don't blame us if that night's iPhone searches are all pre-emptive hangover remedies — a serving of smoked & fried pork nuggets and a couple tosses back of spiced bourbon is all you'll need to swear off drinking...until you and that certain someone can make it back here, that is.
Char No. 4, 196 Smith Street (at Baltic Street); Brooklyn; 718-643-2106.
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Photos: Courtesy of Char No. 4
Indecisiveness, in New York City, is a burden. When the city moves this fast, even turning right instead of left could be taken as a personal insult. (Though, any excuse to shout, "Hey! I'm walkin' here!" is proudly accepted.) Thankfully, at Smith Street's The JakeWalk, having too many options is a good thing. A very good thing, indeed. Specializing in three things — cheeses (they have an unbelievably wide selection), drinks (their wine and liquor list is almost at novel-length) and maintaining that special little speakeasy-style oomph — the only tough call you'll have to make is on if you'll be having wine and a selection of aged, stinky cheeses, or enough cocktails to imitate the bar's namesake wobbly-legged walk home.
Like the choice-incinerating experts we are, we present your solution to all menu overload: The Mr. October. A blend of applejack, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, allspice dram and Galliano (no, not John), this seasonal special is topped with a dusting of ground nutmeg, and a plate of firm and blue-veined cheeses. Oh, you didn't order that? Just trust us, your friends will be glad you did.
Whether you're saddling up to their wooden bar or grabbing one of the coveted tables with a group (see? that cheese will come in handy!), these touches of electric royal blue and understated glam make the night that much more of an occasion. (As if chowing on cheesy bits and slurping spiced drinks isn’t one already.)
The JakeWalk, 282 Smith Street (at Sackett Street); Brooklyn; 347-599-0294.
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Photos: Timothy Miner
“Cheers” had their namesake hang, Monica and Rachel had Central Perk, and we have Buttermilk Channel. A land where everything’s good, the service is grand and the splurge is so worth it. You might need a trio of SoulCycle classes to burn off indulgent wonders like short rib hash, ham-wrapped bluefish and duck meatloaf, but where else can you have fried chicken and Saxelby Cheesemonger-curated boards with a vegetarian menu on request?
Unsurprisingly, this people-pleaser also offers up one of our favorite seasonal bevvies: the Sailor's Knot, a mix of rums and apple cider served in a tin steamer with a clove-studded lemon twist on the side. A comfy-umfy sweater with a classic chambray will keep you toasty while tucking in for the night, and hey, if you happen to spill some of their stellar grub, it’ll be way easier to get those stains out of this pairing than a silk dress. We say: prepare for the worst and hope for the best, since you’ll be too focused on sipping this Brooklyn outpost’s wintry tastes to notice what meaty bits end up where.
Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street (at Huntington Street); Brooklyn; 718-852-8490.
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Photos: Courtesy of Buttermilk Channel
Nothing sobers you up to the fact that summer is long gone like the laundry list of relatives, pals, co-workers and near-strangers you now have to gift-wrap thoughtful presents for. The second “Black Friday” enters your daily lexicon is when you know the world’s about to become a snow gardens for the next four months and winter’s officially landed. Lavender Lake has proved itself to be a bonafide outdoor destination when the days are long and the sun shines brightly, but with an impressive bar menu and spacious interior, its roomy, relaxed feel lets hours fly by all December, January and February long, too.
While you debate what gadgets, tchotchkes or DIY wonders to pass off to your blood relatives with a bow on top, Lavender Lake has a gift from their elders to pay forward that won’t require a gift receipt. Gin, apple cider, cinnamon and lime juice come together in Grandma’s Cider, a steamy mix that’ll make you wish your mom’s mom spent some time as a mixologist in the late ‘50s. Speaking of, be sure to kick it old school in the style department by channelling the days of Studio 54 in these wide-leg trousers and your best black basics. Grams may not approve of a getup this hot, but what she doesn’t see won’t hurt her.
Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (at Bond Street); Brooklyn; 347-799-2154.
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Photos: Courtesy of Lavender Lake
Even if Union Hall were to sell coal-infused cocktails, this Park Slope wonderland would still be one of the best wintertime bars in our book. With a cozy front library complete with comfy chairs to sink into and a roaring fireplace, you can almost pretend you’re in the best version of home — if home came with a bartender and a massive collection of classic novels.
Between a downstairs venue hosting an impressive rotation of bands, recurring comedy shows and even a mid-restaurant bocce court, there’s really something at Union Hall for everyone. We even stole a glance at their winter drink menu, and that mentality’s the same where elixirs are concerned, too. Our favorite? The KeiKei’s Tea, a mix of Earl Grey Tea and Port with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cloves that was served on long boat rides between Europe and the US. It’s been referred to as “Baby-makin’ Good”, so gird your loins with a cowl-necked sweater and autumnal cords, and whichever patterned boots you see fit. Go ahead and hang you Barbour parka on a hook, but don’t say we didn’t warn you about this drink’s secret intentions!
Union Hall, 702 Union Street (at 5th Avenue); Brooklyn; 718-638-4400.
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Photos: Ben Rosenzweig (interior), Courtesy of Union Hall (drink)
We’ll never really know if George Washington chopped down that cherry tree or not, but one thing we’re certain of is that he’d be a fan of Bearded Lady. The kitschy-cute Prospect Heights bar gives their cocktails tongue-in-cheek monikers, and while a couple of ‘em are good enough for the record books, the Town Destroyer is where it’s at. Named after America’s first Prez, this mix pays homage to when Washington wrote to the Laird family to get his hands on their Apple Brandy recipe. If nothing seems overtly American about a mixing the spirit with pear preserves, lemon juice, egg white and nutmeg, any history buff will clue you in that it’s all in the details — Town Destroyer was Washington’s Iroquois name!
This watering hole makes for some serious drinking — do you see the size of that glass?! — and with the owner himself calling it “light but deadly,” these drinks are a liquor-filled force to be reckoned with. Kick your wardrobe basics up a notch with statement-making earrings and glimmering shoes for a well-balanced outfit you could easily repurpose the next morning if need be. Swap out the sweater and change up your baubles, and the only thing you’ll have to grab in the AM is a fistful of Advil.
Bearded Lady, 686A Washington Avenue (at St Marks Avenue); Brooklyn; 469-232-7333.
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Photos: Catherine Cole, Courtesy of Bearded Lady
If the holidays are all about family, then we're all about Donna's Tiki-take on seasonal favorites. In an effort to replicate his wife's pumpkin pie in drink form, bar manager Jeremy Oertel blends three types of rum, orange and lime juices and pumpkin syrup over crushed ice for his frozen masterpiece, At Midnight. It's better than Aunt Ethel nagging you about getting a boyfriend, for sure, especially since your holiday celebrations have nothing on this Haslegrave-designed temple to inventive cocktails and reclaimed woodwork.
With planked floors, smoothly vaulted ceilings and throngs of locals giving Donna that quintessential Brooklyn feel, gather some friends for one of the year's final weekends to toast the pouring house's offerings before winter's all but passed us by. And, a pair of detailed tights layered under a rule-breaking ivory dress is just the thing to stay warm without stuffing your feet into sheepskin-lined boots. (These shiny skimmers? A much better choice.) Unless you're packing ice skates and magically know when Williamsburg's gonna freeze, we can't think of a better way to spend a wintry Friday night.
Donna, 27 Broadway (between Dunham Place and Kent Avenue); Brooklyn; 646-568-6622.
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Photos: Jess Nash (interior), Courtesy of Donna
With Whole Foods, Soul Cycle and possibly even Apple coming to town, it’s impossible to keep pretending Williamsburg’s still the secret artsy mecca just outside Manhattan. So, if we’re already pulling the wool over our eyes — after all, it is scarf season — we like to tuck into The Dressler to transport ourselves to a time not filled with sugar factories and open lofts, but a Gilded Age of well-crafted cocktails and long evening conversations. The romantic resto’s ripe for a Seamless-reliant couple to break out of their Thai delivery rut, so woo ‘em with rave-worthy steaks and delectable lamb shanks that are well beyond the realm of re-heated spring rolls.
Being as we’re entering the cold, harsh days of winter, we suggest ordering up their Grace Jones, a mix of rum, ginger, lemon and allspice with a bit of pepper to spice things up. And while you’re at it, go the London route and don a collared dress Alexa Chung would die for, paired with brogues and a bowler, since special nights call for daring duds. A bit of meat, a warming drink and a hot date makes for the perfect Saturday night out, even if the night ends on the couch, catching up on Homeland.
Dressler, 149 Broadway (at South 6th Street); Brooklyn; 718-384-6343.
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Photos: Courtesy of Dressler (interior), Photographed by Sara Haile
Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you need to wrap yourself in velvet, dunk your marshmallows in hot cocoa or even stick to hot toddys for weeks on end. Sometimes, the holiday spirit can come from the most unexpected of places, like a sweet-n’-sour cordial that uses ginger snap to round out its flavor. (And, of course, make us yearn for a plate of fresh-baked cookies.)
Calyer’s Snap Sour fits that bill perfectly, no tinsel or strung lights required. And, by sourcing provisions from Brooklyn Grange and Bedford Cheese Shop and throwing dishes like Milk Fed Sweetbreads and Cracked Wheat Risotto into the mix, it’s the spot-on, filling wintertime feast that came outta nowhere. (If you’ve been throwing back the Snap Sours, of course.) Don a green or red dress that isn’t overtly ‘tis the season, and throw on your favorite parka with a pair of statement baubles to dress it up a smidge. Best part is, if that cookie craving lasts longer than expected, those ample jacket pockets are prime for sneaking a sweet late-night treat.
Calyer, 92 Calyer Street (at Franklin Street); Brooklyn; 347-889-6323.
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Photographed by Jacqueline Harriet
New York’s widely known for its hot dogs and skyline and, ahem, friendliness to strangers, but what they don’t always talk about is how NYC is also the land of endless possibility. Whether you want a $1 slice of pizza, a colorful fall scarf or a sack of toiletries, you typically won’t have to walk far to get what you need. The downside, though, is that there’s never really one restaurant or bar you can consider your go-to — unless you live in Astoria, where neighbors can’t stop raving about everything Sweet Afton has to offer.
The beer-battered fried McClure’s Pickles are legendary, the Mac & Cheese piles on three different types and their burger is tops, but the Afton Mulled Cider is what we’re all about. Applejack Bourbon, organic cider and all the fixins (cinnamon sticks, orange peel, nutmeg and clove) make this heated treat one you can rely on through winter’s coldest days. Though, if you’d rather rely on your own sources of warmth, throw a cashmere sweater over your favorite summery dress, and you’ll be as ready for winter as can be. We still suggest you take Sweet Afton’s fruitful assistance — and save us a couple of those french fries while you’re at it!
Sweet Afton, 30-09 34th Street (at 30th Avenue); Queens; 718-777-2570.
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Photographed by Chantal Adair
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