New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants
NYC's hidden bars

New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

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Michelle Young

Clandestine cocktails, Prohibition-era haunts, and dinner hideaways—these are the best hidden bars and restaurants in the city that never sleeps.

The Back Room

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Of all the hidden bars in the city, the Back Room is one of the few that actually served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (It was run by notorious gangsters Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.) The only indication of it is the Lower East Side Toy Company sign on the street. Go through the metal gate, down the stairs into a dark alleyway, and on the other side, you’ll find another set of steps leading to a door. Inside you’ll be amazed to find a gorgeous ‘20s-inspired bar with red wallpaper, portraits in gold frames, a fireplace, and velvet sofas. Bartenders serve cocktails in teacups and the place fills up on Monday nights for live jazz.

NYC's hidden bars

New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

The Back Room

Of all the hidden bars in the city, the Back Room is one of the few that actually served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (It was run by notorious gangsters Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.) The only indication of it is the Lower East Side Toy Company sign on the street. Go through the metal gate, down the stairs into a dark alleyway, and on the other side, you’ll find another set of steps leading to a door. Inside you’ll be amazed to find a gorgeous ‘20s-inspired bar with red wallpaper, portraits in gold frames, a fireplace, and velvet sofas. Bartenders serve cocktails in teacups and the place fills up on Monday nights for live jazz.

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