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New York’s Secrets

These are some of the city’s kept secrets. You can enjoy and reveal, just try not to tell too many other people.


The craft cocktails, presented as prescriptions, are made with local products, including fresh ingredients straight from the rooftop garden. Vintage interior decor reflects the European apothecary theme and cocktail menu changes seasonally and is categorized by their recommended benefits, from pain killers to aphrodisiacs. In addition, Apotheke offers mixology classes. Look for the beaker candle sign right in the bend of Doyers St.

The Lounge at Atera

Atera’s 20-course tasting is the hottest seatery in the city now, especially after the restaurant maintained its two Michelin stars last week. Although it only seats 12, The Lounge a floor below is more approachable, as it doesn’t require a special occasion for a seasonal cocktails from a true mixologist. Come with a plus-one and be prepared to wait for seats. This is more of a date night vibe than a party place.


The best kept secret, nublu is virtually unknown to New Yorkers outside the indie music scene. The Alphabet City venue is behind a painted garage with only one blue light indicating its existence. Halfway between 4th and 5th Streets on Ave. C, live shows begin at 9 p.m. and run till 4 a.m.


Call for reservations, and then enter through a phone booth in the back of Crif Dogs. The mainstay has a set of rules, but pleases with great cocktails and plenty of comfort food. Keep your group small, it’s easiest to get in with under four people.

The Tippler

This bar beneath Chelsea Market is a hassle-free option. There’s plenty of space but expect a line during weekends. Simply look for the “Open” sign, and cross your fingers for live acts. Open until 4 a.m., The Tippler’s setting is especially cozy when its cold or rainy.

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