Best Mint Juleps in NYC

May 2, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Enjoy a refreshing mint-and-bourbon cocktail at one of these NYC spots that specializes in the Southern classic.

Little Branch
Cocktail Bar · West Village · $$$
Food - · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

This "dark, secretive" Village basement "cocktails oasis" with a speakeasy vibe, serves "bespoke cocktails" that are "conversation pieces in and of themselves" ; despite being "crazy expensive" (and cash-only) it's so "killer" that it's always busy – expect "a bit of a hassle to get a seat.
Maison Premiere
Seafood · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.
Brandy Library
Cocktail Bar · TriBeCa · $$
Food - · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Barkeepers with "encyclopedic" knowledge of brown liquids serve up a "phenomenal" list of "high-end" beverages at this "refined" TriBeCa lounge, an "upscale" destination done up with leather chairs, dim lighting and bottles galore; whether "with your buddies" or on "romantic outings" , it's "truly an experience" – and truly an "expensive" one.
21 Club
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “New York institution” and “class operation” , this circa-1929 former speakeasy in Midtown turns out “dependably good” traditional American dishes in an “old-school” , “dress-up” setting (jackets required, no jeans) with “spectacular” old toys hanging from the ceiling and “serene” private rooms upstairs; an “impeccable” staff furthers the “welcoming” vibes, though you may have to “liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.”
Clover Club
Cocktail Bar · Cobble Hill · $$
Food - · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

A "throwback to the golden age" of cocktail culture, mixmaster Julie Reiner's "classy" Cobble Hill hideout pours a variety of "fancy-pants" drinks served in a "beautifully designed" , speakeasy-ish setting; sure, the tabs are "pricey" , but then again, the drinking here is "something special.
Eleven Madison Park
American · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”