Sun-Wed, 7pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 7pm-4am
L at First Ave.
Owned by the group behind Edi and the Wolf, Alphabet City’s The Third Man is a snug chef-driven cocktail bar where the drinks are an experiment with fresh produce, herbs, and beautiful, beautiful booze. In a neighborhood that could practically be called Manhattan’s cocktail district, The Third Man distinguishes itself with the space alone. Think Brooklyn industrial meets Martha Stewart: wood floors, exposed brick, and hand-blown glass light fixtures are accented by vases of cotton or magnolia boughs. And lest we forget, there’s booze too: the Harry Lime’s mescal, green maraschino, lime, and a Prosecco back mix together for a quaff that’s zippy, smoky, and has just enough bite. Other drinks combine grain alcohol with celery juice, dill, or honey, and there are a couple German wheat beers and glasses of wine available if your preferences run a bit more traditional. The Third Man also has your basic wine bar fare of cheeses and charcuterie should you or the rest of the well-heeled, downtown date crowd want a little nosh between tipples.Featured In
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