12 Hottest New Bars in NYC

From champagne parlors to aperitivo
December 11, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Say what you want about NYC's dwindling club scene, but the fact remains: The Big Apple is still the nightlife epicenter of America and possibly the world. In our quarterly update, check out 12 new bars that are currently burning things up with killer cocktails, craft beers and more. Did we miss your favorite new watering hole? Tell us in the comments.

The Office NYC
Cocktail Bar · West 50s · $$$$

Tucked into The Aviary, an offshoot of the Chicago bar by Alinea’s Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, this rarified spot on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental serves high-end cocktails, ultra-vintage spirits and fancy bites (which can also be ordered as a playful tasting menu with drink pairings). The richly designed space has a clubby, old-time style, and reservations are recommended.
The Pool Lounge
Seafood · East 50s · $$$$

A mother-of-pearl bar sets the luxe tone at this cocktail lounge overlooking The Pool in the relaunched space of the former Four Seasons in Midtown, accented with mirrors, rich woods and shimmery deep blue hues. Cocktails each emphasize a single ingredient (such as watermelon or cucumber) and are accompanied by oysters, caviar and other high-end bar snacks. (Reservations are recommended.)
Vini e Fritti
Italian · NoMad · $$$

Danny Meyer completes a Roman trio (including Marta and Caffe Marchio) with this NoMad wine bar that rounds out its reds and whites by the glass with spritzes, sparklers and digestivi, plus fried Italian snacks, salumi and panini. Soft lighting and black and white photos accent a casual space where the payment is plastic-only, with no tipping.
The Drift
Bar · Greenpoint · $$

Giving a swanky redo to the former home of Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern, complete with tufted leather banquettes and barstools, this cozy hangout from the Commodore and El Cortez team keeps the menu simple, with Southern-accented food like boiled peanuts, a smoked chicken sandwich and banana pudding. The lighthearted cocktails (including frozen choices) are nicely suited to the patio when the weather warms up.
Super Power
Cocktail Bar · Crown Heights · $$

Tiki drinks rule at this Crown Heights hangout that’s big on rum, colorful garnishes and frozen cocktails, with decorative fronds and fruit bowls around the bar. Items like pulled pork sandwiches and banh mi dogs are also served, and there’s an oyster happy hour too.