New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

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

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You have to walk through a Lower East Side art gallery and through the unmarked door in back (easily mistaken for a supply closet) to get to the bar called Fig. 19. Owned by the guys who run the subterranean dance spot Home Sweet Home right below the gallery, Fig. 19 was originally their private clubhouse, but is now open to anyone who knows how to find it. Inside, beaded chandeliers hang above the bar and tables, candles glow softly in the fireplace, taxidermy adorns the walls, and tufted leather banquettes form cozy seating nooks. Cocktails like the Midnight in Paris are creative riffs on the classics.

NYC's hidden bars

New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

Fig. 19

You have to walk through a Lower East Side art gallery and through the unmarked door in back (easily mistaken for a supply closet) to get to the bar called Fig. 19. Owned by the guys who run the subterranean dance spot Home Sweet Home right below the gallery, Fig. 19 was originally their private clubhouse, but is now open to anyone who knows how to find it. Inside, beaded chandeliers hang above the bar and tables, candles glow softly in the fireplace, taxidermy adorns the walls, and tufted leather banquettes form cozy seating nooks. Cocktails like the Midnight in Paris are creative riffs on the classics.

Michelle Young/Untapped Cities
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