- Kingston Hall
149 Second Ave., nr. 9th St., second fl.; kingstonhall.com
Don’t look for Bob Marley tapestries or limbo contests here. Kingston Hall is meant to evoke the Caribbean islands’ grand postcolonial style of the mid-sixties. The space, founded by the team behind Ninth Ward and Shoolbred’s, has high, trussed ceilings, fabric-lined walls, a handsome billiards table, two working fireplaces, vintage Bond posters, and a cocktail menu filled with rummy riffs on the kind of drinks that are usually embellished with paper umbrellas. Try the Drunken Coconut ($13): fresh coconut water and Appleton Gold Rum in a coconut shell that’s had its top hacked off by a machete-wielding employee.
Best Jamaican Bar
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).