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Best of New York 2014 • Fun

Best New Old Saloon

  • Hudson Malone

    218 E. 53rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-355-6607

    Doug Quinn, the bow-­tied proprietor who spent ­nearly a decade bartending at P.J. Clarke’s , has created the throwback saloon of his dreams. Bartenders prepare regulars’ drinks as soon as they walk in and are quick to furnish ­introductions between ­patrons. The space is deep and narrow, with worn wooden floors and a high, burgundy-painted tin ­ceiling, and paintings of iconic New Yorkers like Toots Shor and Joe Allen lining the walls. Men ­outnumber women, but there’s plenty to appeal to all, including a cocktail ­lineup focused on classics, like the Manhattan No. 2, served straight up with two whiskey-soaked filthy cherries.

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