The Story: “I think our area was lacking a great cocktail lounge with some vibe and energy,” said David Rabin, partner at the Meatpacking District’s new Bar Nana, pointing out that the fun restaurants and bars that already exist in the area lack quality food and drink. “We felt there was room for a great-looking cocktail bar with some delicious light bites. We recently started opening at 6 PM so shoppers and people who work in the area can grab an early drink.” The lounge takes its name from Emile Zola’s famous novel, and the drink selection is heavy on the pisco and cachaca.
How to Get in: Rabin points out that there are really two different times, with two different strategies: “There is no 'door scene' for the after-work crowd. Later at night, we have to watch our capacity because there are a bunch of partners with a lot of friends who come down quite often. Earlier in the week is simpler, but I'd say on Thursday to Saturday, the best recipe is to dress nicely, come with only a friend or two or with as diverse a group as possible, and above all, be polite, whether we have room or not that evening. Door people have a tough job, and I think we have some of the nicest people in the biz out front. They respond well to people who are not throwing attitude from a block away.”
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