This past few weekends I checked out two of the city's spots in the Speakeasy scene. This is something I am very familiar with in cities like San Francisco, but not so much NYC, so it was a good time for something new.
- Milk and Honey (Flatiron, http://www.mlkhny.com/newyork/) - I had heard a lot about this new home to an iconic NY spot, so I was excited to check it out. I made a reservation with the reservations service, and got a spot on Friday for pre-dinner drinks. When I arrived, the room was dark, sparse, and had light music in the background. I thought, ok, this is pretty speakeasy-ish. When we sat down, we met a waiter who gave us the classic water on a napkin, and asked what we wanted. I ordered my usual drink at these mixology-type spots - something with Vodka, Cucumber and Lime. The server surprisingly said, we don't have vodka, so I switched to gin. Next, my friend asked for a regular gin and tonic (an iconic speakeasy drink) and the server said they didn't have tonic. We thought this was a bit off, but took what they had and enjoyed two drinks. When the bill came, the server gave us a receipt for $50, but when I gave my credit card to him, the charge was for $80. I asked about this, and the now seemingly tipsy server said it was an error, but had not even mentioned it before charging my card. In any case, I enjoyed my drinks and company, but I got the feeling the new Milk and Honey was not quite up and running yet, and the server wasn't super helpful. Will wait a bit before I try to head back.
- Bathtub Gin (Chelsea, http://www.bathtubginnyc.com) - I checked this spot out on a Saturday and a Friday night (different weekends) and I found it to be a pretty cool spot. It'd definitely on the chill side, but not too chill, with top 40 music pumping as you order your Lavender Collins, or other concoction. They have an decent wine list, and beer alongside the cocktails, not to mention food. They do take reservations on Open Table, which is a nice way to get in on a busy night. I find this is a stark contrast to the mild M&H, though I suppose less like an old style speakeasy, unless it was later when the crowd got rowdy. Only downside, it takes forever to get a drink from the bar when busy, mostly because they have seating at the bar, so people block the way. Otherwise, it's a good time for a small party. Definitely a fun spot, and hope to go back soon.
Hoping to hit up some of the other speakeasy's in the city soon, until then, Cheers!