Clink, drink, and be seen at city’s newest and finest. Check out this season’s #attachéapproved roster, from a whiskey drinker’s haven to a Hamptons hideaway in the heart of the city.
Porchlight's Southern charm is a comforting respite from city life with a hint of industrial edge. Raw wooden beams, concrete accents, and exposed brick set the scene, giving an urban edge to the space, softened by down-home décor and seating. Pull up a rocking chair and kick back with a Gun Metal Blue (Mezcal Vida, blue curaçao, peach brandy, lime, and cinnamon) and Danny Meyer’s bar bites served nightly from the pass-through kitchen. Smoked swordfish and warm rice pudding, anyone?
And yes, there’s an actual porch.
271 Eleventh Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets
We can name one place with upwards of 100 whiskey varieties, killer bar bites, and a mutual ex-girlfriend as its muse and namesake. That place is Rochelle’s. Enter the Chrystie Street cornerstone, rife with bearded bartenders and loyal patrons toting creatively crafted cocktails with names as curious as their contents. Go for the Carmen Costanza, served tall with lemon, cherry heering, ginger beer, and Bombay East. Attaché Insider: follow the signs (red neon, that is) for a not-so-secret subterranean lounge, a reincarnation of the former 205 Club with open format DJ sets and a guaranteed dance party.
205 Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets
A kitschy amalgam of old school nostalgic décor, dark woods, and worn leather banquettes brought forth by the team behind Employees Only and Macao, each element from service to crowd and general vibe reflects Belle Reve’s unpretentious setting. Bonus: live music! Don't be surprised if there's a banjo involved. This neighborhood newcomer is perfect for a late night round and some serious bites. Stay tuned for a patio lounge come the warmer months.
305 Church Street between Walker and Lispenard Streets
One of our downtown faves just sweetened the deal with a brand new underground lounge. Bacchanalians gather after hours beneath the Bowery hotspot in an intimate, dimly lit space adorned with portraits of presidents past and plush banquettes lining the perimeter. Scotch sazeracs and burlesque are suddenly a necessity on our weekday agenda.
146 Bowery Street between Broome and Grand Streets
A beach house in Hudson Square -- where do we sign up? Lazy Point’s whitewashed interior and bright, summery cocktails exude coastal vibes year-round. Head out west for Death & Co. vet Jeremy Strawn’s inventive concoctions, ranging from a softened take on the classic Paloma featuring Espolón tequila, grapefruit, lavender, and vanilla to a Oaxacan daiquiri with Silver Scorpion mezcal, dates, Angostura bitters, and Hellfire bitters for a bit of a bite. Kick back and stay a while -- swimsuit not required.
310 Spring Street at Renwick Street
At last, an Upper East Side cocktail spot worth the trek up north. Our new uptown favorite is a time capsule of sorts, transporting patrons to a bygone era through old Americana-inspired traditions and methods along with décor fit for a true speakeasy. Seamstress, helmed by Josh Mazza and Steve Laycock of The Gilroy and Dead Rabbit vet Pamela Wiznitzer boasts a rotating cocktail menu and bar bites by Will Horowitz of Duck’s Eatery. Go for the Wiz Fizz, an intriguing take on a classic with Aviation Gin, cynar, vanilla, lemon, egg white, a bit of cream, and a splash of root beer. We’d say it pairs quite nicely with the kitchen’s braised pork shank. Or anything on the menu, for that matter.
339 East 75th Street between First and Second Avenues