Here’s our monthly roundup of New York City’s new bars that we’re most excited about. Check back often as we’re constantly updating this page.
Tokyo Record Bar
Underneath the sparkling-wine bar Air’s Champagne Parlor comes Tokyo Record Bar, a loose homage to Japanese vinyl lounges. During the two earlier-evening seatings guests drink and dine on an izakaya tasting menu (think sashimi and braised pork belly) and get to request songs to be played; later in the evening food and drinks are a la carte and records are spun by a DJ. Drink options include beer, sake, and cocktails like a sake-and-tonic or a wasabi mojito.
Where: 127 McDougal St., New York City
When: August 31, 2017
Blue Light Bar
Those who cling to nostalgic memories of the famed No. 8 will be delighted to find that at Blue Light Bar, the space’s successor, much has been left unchanged, from the 12-inch records lining the walls (which are themselves are now a luscious shade of turquoise) to the general sceney-ness of the crowd. Located above The Lately, Blue Light Bar offers house cocktails in every color of the rainbow (literally—you order them by color), while vintage magazine covers grace the walls to enhance a slightly louche ’70s vibe. For now, it’s open on Fridays and Saturdays only—additional days will follow.
Where: 357 W. 16th St., New York City
When: September 9, 2017
The team behind beloved bars The Wayland and Good Night Sonny have now added a third East Village bar to the mix. Lost Lady has a nautical theme and a mildly divey feel. Cocktails are rum-leaning and festive (we’re fans of the pina colada made more complex with Aperol); food offerings are primarily tacos for now.
Where: 171 Avenue C, New York City
When: September 13, 2017
Actor Alan Cumming’s “pop-up cabaret” has outgrown his dressing room (where it began during his time in Cabaret), moving into an actual dimly lit East Village bar slash performance space with a professed intention to be both inclusive and debauched. Club Cumming’s eclectic offerings include readings, drag shows, piano nights, and dance parties.
Where: 505 E. 6th St., New York City
When: September 15, 2017
The team from Chicago’s Alinea and The Aviary, led by chef Grant Achatz, have brought their concept to NYC, specifically to the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Columbus Circle with a jaw-dropping view of Central Park. Achatz and crew have introduced two new spots: The Office opened at the end of June, with a cozy leather-and-wood “speakeasy” feel and a focus on vintage spirits, while The Aviary NYC, open this month, maintains the same molecular gastronomy-but-with-cocktails program as its Chicago sister bar, with a tasting and a small-plates menu program. Here in NYC, The Aviary will be open all day, giving rise to cocktails like the Wake and Bake, with rye whiskey, coffee, orange juice, and a pillow of bagel-scented air.
Where: 80 Columbus Circle, New York City
When: September 27, 2017
The “Wake and Bake” by @micahmelton For the Aviary NYC. Many people have been asking us how the NYC Aviary will differ from Chicago. This is a good example of how we have nudged the food and drink based on the new location. The drink: Aviary Selected Mississippi River Distilling Company Rye, Coffee & Orange Infused Vermouth, Coffee Liquor, Everything Bagel Aroma. Basically a NYC breakfast infused Manhattan. The wake part of the name is easily disciphered, the bake part is from the use of the volcano vaporizer used to fill the bag full of aroma. Well played @micahmelton #cocktailnames 📷@ahemberger