Best Bars Gramercy, NYC
Classic, artfully crafted cocktails that you simply cannot do without at these great Bars in Gramercy Park.
The House Restaurant - Gramercy Park
Take a trip back in time at The House Restaurant in the tony Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan.
If you have ever imagined what it would be like to live in 19th century New York, you'll find an authentic and charming taste of that romantic era within these artfully decorated walls.
Housed inside of a magnificently restored 1854 carriage house, this rather unique restaurant has three different dining spaces.
The first floor parlor is comprised of a large bar and antique-style tables and chairs, replete with candelabras on the walls.
The main dining room is located on the second floor and it is truly a sight to behold. The red brick walls, fireplace and candle-lit tables bring one back to a slower, less hectic time and place. You feel as though you are dining in the private house of a genteel family. And the impeccable, friendly service that you'll find at The Restaurant cuts across the centuries.
The centerpiece of the room, though, is a large oval-shaped window that affords an excellent view of the street below. They simply do not make windows like this anymore.
Downstairs, in the basement, is a cute private dining room, which is perfect for family gatherings or corporate meetings. During the Summer months, you can opt to dine outdoors on their patio, which is located near the main entrance.
Even back in the days of Washington Irving, New Yorkers liked nothing more than to relax after a hard day's work, with a pint of beer in hand and some good conversation. Some things never change; nor should they.
The House, therefore, in keeping with tradition, hosts one of the best cocktail hours in the neighborhood. On Monday through Friday, from 4 until 7 PM, you can score selected, half-price appetizers, craft beers, cocktails and house reds and whites.
We've been talking a lot about the nostalgic charm of this restaurant. But there is nothing old fashioned or out of date when it comes to their hip, contemporary approach to mixing a cocktail.
One of the bars' most cutting-edge libations is the Pom Pepper Martini with pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice and jalapenos. Another adventurous drink is the J.O. Ward, which consists of rye whiskey, campari, grapefruit liqueur and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's shaken just the way you like it and then poured over ice.
A dose of lavender syrup really seals the deal for the Lavender Basil Sparkler, whose other ingredients include Lillet white, basil and sparkling wine. Muddled grilled pineapple and passion fruit puree form the perfect complement to jalapeno-infused tequila in the fabulous Pineapple and Jalapeno Margarita.
The food menu contains some very intriguing choices such as the House signature lasagna with wild boar, pancetta and thyme as well as a luscious pasture-raised New York State lamb loin.
For dessert, go with either the ginger vanilla creme' brulee' or the Nutella S'mores Fondue for two. The perfect sweet ending for a night to remember.
Location and Hours
121 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
Monday 4:30 PM to 11 PM
Tuesday to Thursday 12 PM to 11 PM
Friday 12 PM to 12 AM
Saturday 11 AM to 12 AM
Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM
Dear Irving - Gramercy Park
As far as having a spectacular ambiance and one of a kind cocktails, the management at Dear Irving has raised the bar so high, it's somewhere up in the stratosphere.
Having already achieved tremendous success with The Raines Law Room, the owners decided to take their love of cocktails and eccentric glamour one step further. The result is Dear Irving, a cocktail bar and lounge that has, count'em, not just one or two but four different rooms; each one representing a specific historical period.
Be ready to return, again and again. because one visit just won't be enough time to take everything in.
Upon entering, one of the first spaces you'll see is the 1960's themed JFK room. A stylish room that would be suitable for John Kennedy or even James Bond himself, the space has upscale, 60's style couches and chairs as well as memorabilia from the Kennedy years. Any moment you expect Sammy Davis Junior to be dancing and singing his way through the doors.
If you are a fan of the legendary series Mad Men then you will recognize and appreciate the style and panache' of this stunning room.
The F.Scott Fitzgerald Room takes you back to the glamorous 1920's and the era of the Great Gatsby. Long drapes, decorated with crystals and sequins add to the tastefully outrageous decor.
On your visits here, in between cocktails, you can also explore the Americana Abraham Lincoln room, which has its very own bar in addition to velvet chairs and couches.
Last, but certainly not least, is the slightly garish and larger than life Marie Antoinette Room. When you sit down on a sofa, to sip your cocktail, you might be forgiven if you think that you've somehow been transported to Versailles or Paris' ornate Elysee Palace.
But let's be real, no matter how captivating the decor is at any bar, good looks will only take you so far. if the cocktails don't back up the glitzy ambiance, then you've got a losing proposition on your hands.
Head mixologist Meaghan Dorman and her staff, though, have come up with a primo list of cocktails that will not only satiate your thirst but capture your imagination.
The Fresh Ink portion of their cocktail menu features the bar's newest house creations.
A very aromatic and delicious drink is The Confidant, a cool blend of gin, lemon juice, cocchi americano, nocino, egg whites lavender bitters and Perrier.
Somewhat stronger, with a pop of smoked pepper, is Whiskey Business, whose ingredients include rye, ancho chile liqueur, cinnamon, lemon and angostura bitters.
The whimsically named Mr. Mason (maybe, because it comes in a Mason jar?), is both crisp and fizzy with just a hint of pickle in it. Perrier water and dill aquavit serve as a base forblanc vermouth and a garnish of cucumber shrub.
The second part of Meaghan's cocktail menu is made up of time-honored libations. These classics are some of the bartender's favorites. These cocktails are mostly mixed true to the original recipe or the bar keep does his or her own particular riff on the drink. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Dear Irving's take on the Stone fence, (bourbon, lemon juice, spiced pear, dry cider and creme' de cassis), adds an extra touch of fruit to the formula.
Lively and delightful is the Hope Road Julep, a tantalizing mix of port, Jamaican rum, apricot juice and mint. The bar's interpretation of the classic Rusty Nail, adds a hint of bitter chocolate to the honey, scotch, drambuie and amaro sibilla.
A delicious blend of gin, grapefruit juice, pamplemousse liqueur and rose' cava brings a floral air and a dry finish to the vice versa, a cocktail that will remain in your memory long after it leaves your lips.
Location and Hours
55 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 2 AM
Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 3 AM
Sunday 5 PM to 1 AM
Flatiron Lounge - Chelsea
With happy hour cocktails, like the Beijing Peach (Jasmine vodka, peach puree and lime juice) coming in at only ten bucks a pop, it's no wonder that the bar is crowded every night with a smart and sexy mix of date night couples and local office workers looking to unwind.
From the outside, the Flatiron Lounge looks like just another bar. But once you're inside, you know that you are in a very special place. Decadent indulgence and romance never go out of style here.
Located inside a building that dates all the way back to 1910, the Flatiron Lounge blends art deco decor with a contemporary and sassy vibe. It all starts with their gorgeous bar which was originally built in 1927. Meticulously restored, this historical bar (Frank Sinatra and other luminaries used to drink here), is a comfortable setting in which to chase your cares of the day away.
No need to be shy. Just pull up a stool and make new friends while you enjoy a beer or classic cocktail.
A row of Jazz-Age inspired blue and white stained glass lights illuminate the bar. Hundreds of vintage cobalt blue mirrored glass tiles cover the walls in the table area. If the bar's a bit packed then just grab a seat at one of the eye-catching deep red circular booths. It's your move. Just make sure that you make the most of your night. You won't want to waste a moment here.
You know that the cocktails here have to be a cut above the competition. Why? Well the co-owner is famed New York mixologist Julie Reiner and she wouldn't have it any other way.
Julie and her team have come up with a long list of libations that will envelop all of your senses. Glance through the menu, put in your order and let the magic of a well crafted cocktail transport you to some very cool places.
In the mood for something fruity and refreshing? Then try the Port Light, which uses both lemon and passion fruit juice to complement the Grenadine and bourbon whiskey. Julie has created several interesting takes on a classic Tikki drink. The best of the bunch could very well be the Blue Hawaii, which blends vodka and rum with pineapple juice, a slice of lime and blue curacao.
A couple of other drinks of note are the Juniperativo (junipero gin, pomegranate, mint and lime juice) and After Midnight, a cocktail that packs a powerful punch with a generous pour of knock your socks off Mezcal, sherry, benedictine and sweet vermouth.
Location and Hours
37 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Monday to Wednesday 4 PM to 2 AM
Thursday 4 PM to 3 AM
Friday 4 PM to 4 AM
Saturday 5 PM to 4 AM
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