Mon-Sat, 6:30pm-2am; Sun, 6:30pm-midnight
B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Leave it to the Japanese to create a members-only bar that restores our flagging faith in hidden, members-only bars. Bohemian, the Noho sister of a bar in the Nishiazabu district of Tokyo, is tucked into the back of a building that used to belong to Andy Warhol. To reach the front door, you pass through a hallway dubbed “Basquiat Road” (the artist died in his loft at this address). Inside is an apartmentlike, low-ceilinged room containing just 25 plush seats, including a couple of couches and a six-seat yellow pine bar. The white-walled room is Zen simplicity, from the back bar made of tatami mats to a diorama-like mini Zen garden built into one wall to a central skylight that facilitates the art of “tsukimi sake” (moonlight boozin’). Bartenders serve a mix of signature and classic Asian and American cocktails, plying their craft with such precision that each time they present a drink, they shine a spotlight on it. Kiyo Shinoki, formerly the executive chef at Chanto, tells us Bohemian is more of a restaurant in the evening. He serves a mix of American, French, and Japanese small plates (everything from a burger with homemade pickles to short rib sashimi), and then later in the night, until 2am, the space takes on a lounge vibe, with bossa nova, jazz, and Japanese music. As with the Tokyo original that’s hidden behind a house, there isn’t any standing room, just seating at a row of low-to-the-ground two-tops and a couple of couches. In fact, Shinoki says he wants to maintain a maximum 60 percent capacity.Getting In
You’ll need a phone number or referral for admission. If you don’t know anyone, you can email Bohemian for an invitation.
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