Milk & Honey, Lower East Side
Installed at 134 Eldridge Street, near the boundary of Chinatown, a plain gray door with “134” and “M&H” in small stickers is the only indicator patrons will find that this hush-hush cocktail lounge exists. If you’ve been granted access (by referral or online reservation–the policy’s quirky but not impossible), behind that door is an exclusive bar called Milk & Honey, owned by The Rushmore Group. Dim, quiet, and awash in browns and goldenrod yellow, the room contains upholstered leather couches and chairs, old-fashioned dark oval frames, heavy draperies, and floor lamps and sconces. Tell the bartender what you like or trust in one of their signature cocktails, and be sure you’ve brought cash.