Speakeasy-style restaurants and bars have been all the rage in New York the past few years. So we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites for your next hushed night out.
Minetta Tavern is the latest from Keith McNally — of Pastis and Balthazar fame — who takes speakeasy chic to the next level with this vintage-themed brasserie in the West Village. The Black Label hamburgers are a huge hit — even at $26 a pop — as are the classic cocktails. Reserve ahead for a table, convenient to these West Village hotels. 113 MacDougal St.
La Esquina has been around for a few years but this basement haunt is still going strong. Enter through a taco stand at street level and pass down through the kitchen to a stylish underground grotto. Awaiting you is a Mexican dungeon vibe– and awesome tacos, tequila, and margaritas. A number of Soho hotels are close by. 106 Kenmare St.
As for speakeasy dens with an emphasis on cocktails, check out PDT in the East Village for its famed bacon old fashioned — and high-end hot dogs — while the classically swank Milk & Honey on the Lower East Side has a members-only policy that makes it one of the toughest doors in the city — but makes the drinks that much better if you can sneak in. PDT, 113 St. Marks Pl.; Milk & Honey, 134 Eldrige St.
–Anja Mutić of EverTheNomad.