- 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.
Best New Old Saloon
From the 2014 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).