These days, most New Yorkers are self-proclaimed “foodies.” From bloggers to anyone with an Instagram account – Manhattan is filled with people who live to eat. When you’re in the mood for a cocktail, but want more than a bowl of bar nuts to satisfy your foodie cravings, visit one of these NYC Bars fit for the ultimate foodie. By Sarah Shaker.
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A Southeast Asian menu, featuring a ten-course tasting for only $50, proves this West Village cocktail bar is much more than a trendy watering hole. Sip on serious mixology, such as the Lychee Margarita, while indulging in spicy flavors from plates like the Smoked Duck Sausage Betel Leaf.
This recently opened restaurant and lounge brings a sexy ambiance to Midtown East. Order one of their dangerously strong punch bowls to share with your girlfriends, while dining on Fried Lamb Chops stuffed with creamy ricotta and fresh mint, to soak up your boozy sins.
The Mulberry Project
An unmarked door in the heart of Little Italy leads to The Mulberry Project, a basement cocktail cove. Choose from the daily-changing menu of fresh fruit ingredients to compliment your favorite hard liquors. Just say what you’re in the mood for and your bartender will create a dangerous concoction matching just what you’re craving. Small plates like Braised Short-Rib Sliders or Hand Cut Truffled French Fries with shaved parmesan perfectly compliment the crafted cocktails.
Catching the game over a few beers and want more than wings to stuff your face? The Ainsworth is not-your-average sports bar serving greasy grub. Share an order of Tuna Tartar Tacos or bite into a Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese. With a variety of appetizers and main course plates, no one in your crew will miss standard pub fare during the next big game day.
This past fall, Jimmy’s No. 43, an East Village basement brew bar, launched a Biscuit and Beer Brunch. Get your fill of heavy southern dishes, like their Shrimp and Grits with Heritage Bacon, and sip on a selection of over 50 German, Belgian and Brooklyn suds. For dinner, the kitchen serves a seasonal, locavore menu, keeping neighbors coming back for more than just beer.
162 Ave. A
New York, NY
This Alphabet City venue proudly states on its website that it “is a superb classic cocktail bar with fantastic food, or a superb restaurant with a fantastic cocktail program, whichever you prefer.” There’s a selection of dishes paired with spirits, such as sweetbreads with Calvados or burrata with a mini gin martini. For cocktails, try the Golden Dog (Talisker 10-year Scotch, Lillet, Benedictine, apricot liqueur and Angostura Bitters) or the barrel-aged Rosalind Russel (aquavit, bianco vermouth and Angostura Bitters) with mussels and clams or grilled quail.
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Sarah Shaker is the founder of Bright Lights, My City.