Middle Branch, part of the late Sasha Petraske’s cocktail-bar family, is an airy two-story cocktail bar tucked into a corner of the city where there are few such boîtes to roam: Murray Hill. You’ll have to look hard for any signage but once you figure it out you’ll be privy to signature classic cocktails and new inventions. But we’d just go for the bartender’s choice. Bar snacks like nuts and pretzels are available to start. A revamp of a former antique store, there are 35 seats upstairs and standing room for about 40 downstairs. Come early if you’d rather sit.