12 Hottest New Bars in NYC

From champagne parlors to aperitivo
December 11, 2017
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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.
Air's Champagne Parlor
Wine Bar · Greenwich Village · $$$

Delicacies like oysters, caviar and Kobe beef carpaccio accompany scores of different kinds of sparklers at this Village champagne den by Birds & Bubbles and Riddling Widow alum Ariel Arce. A marble bar, velvet seating and deco accents create a luxe yet intimate feel.
The Spaniard
Bar · West Village · $$

The Bua and Wilfie & Nell team is behind this comfy West Village gastropub serving American classics, burgers and whiskey cocktails. Exposed-brick walls, curved banquettes and an oak-back bar add to the handsome feel, while velvet barstools in different hues lend a splash of color.
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.