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
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 Lost Lady
Bar · East Village

Model ships, seafaring images and captain’s chairs convey a nautical theme at this East Village bar from the owners of The Wayland and Good Night Sonny. Along with rum drinks, frozen cocktails and an on-tap “Sailor’s Choice” (you pick the spirit), there are tacos, happy-hour specials and a shuffleboard table.
The Pool Lounge
Cocktail Bar · 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
Bar · 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
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.
Diamond Reef
Bar · Bedford-Stuyvesant · $$

Spun off from Attaboy, this Bed-Stuy bar serves tropical cocktails and slushies in a lofty, wood-paneled space dotted with bright turquoise seating. A backyard with a parked food truck is in the works.
Bar · Cobble Hill · $$$

Reopened in Cobble Hill following a move from the East Village, this chic hangout focuses on inventive cocktails plus a handful of standards, along with a few bar snacks. The banquette-lined, deco-accented space is named for fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and further hints at its fashion inspiration with an antique black sewing machine anchoring its tap beer system.
The Lately
Bar · Chelsea · $$$

A collaboration by the teams behind Scarpetta and the Garret, this Chelsea hang has a retro feel with cabinlike woods and glamorous fixtures as a backdrop for cocktails, frozen daiquiris and draft beers (plus cans with a shot). There are also snacks like bratwurst, boiled peanuts and quinoa hushpuppies.
Until Tomorrow
Cocktail Bar · Clinton Hill · $$

House-infused syrups, tinctures and spirits go into the intricate (and creatively titled) cocktails at this chill Clinton Hill bar drawing locals with happy hours and a hip soundtrack. Elevated bar bites might include chicken mousse toast or a lamb belly sandwich, all in compact digs outfitted with exposed-brick walls and deeply grained wooden fixtures.
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
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.