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Golden Cadillac  

East Village

Beer:
The Roost
222 Ave. B, nr. 13th St.; 646-918-6700
Hidden behind barn doors in the back room of a sparkling new subway-tiled coffee shop is a beautiful secret: a sprawling beer-and-bourbon speakeasy with interesting draft offerings like Bell’s Kalamazoo stout or Empire’s British-American hybrid Amber Ale. Enjoy one under the dramatic pavilion skylights or take it to go in a growler.

Wine:
Apartment 13
115 Ave. C, nr. 8th St.; 917-475-1213
The owners have turned up the quirk at this new Japanese-and-Caribbean-accented restaurant-bar: They’ll hide your check in a book, and there’s wall art made from warped kitchen utensils. The wine list is curated by celebrity wine educator Steven Olsen, and there are 50 varieties, including many obscure selections from Olsen’s personal cellar.

Cocktails:
Golden Cadillac
13 First Ave., at 1st St.; 212-995-5151
This could have easily been too gimmicky (a ’70s–New York–themed bar). But the playful concept is well-executed, extending to the staff’s period dress and relaxed attitude; the Playboy-papered bathroom; and revamps of disco classics like the piña colada–and–strawberry purée–blending Lava Flow.



Handy Liquor Bar  

Soho

Beer:
Navy
137 Sullivan St., nr. Houston St.; 212-533-1137
The newest from Matt Abramcyk is an airy and bright seafood restaurant that keeps its bar open till two for Soho-ers seeking a sleek place to pour one back. Rotating beer offerings include the Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Coronado’s Idiot IPA, and a Sly Fox lager on draft. As the name suggests, the décor has a maritime feel (distressed wooden floors painted white; blue-and-white-tiled counters arranged in ship patterns).

Wine:
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
249 Centre St., nr. Broome St.; 212-343-3660
Six hundred wines are on offer at this new brick-walled wine bar from the Experimental Cocktail Club crew. The huge list offers bottles for high-rollers (a 2006 Château Cheval Blanc, $1,670) and bargain-seekers (a $39 bottle of Bedell’s 2011 First Crush Red from the North Fork) alike.

Cocktails:
Handy Liquor Bar
527 Broome St., nr. Sullivan St.; 212-390-1705
Nightlife chieftain Matt Levine has revamped the seemingly doomed space that’s been home to the Dalloway, Lani Kai, and Tailor. There’s a new baby-grand piano, plus a fresh crop of the young and beautiful. Try cocktails like the Old Umbrella French 75, which blends the usual ingredients with a fennel simple syrup.



The Cannibal  

Midtown

Beer:
The Cannibal at Gotham West Market
600 11th Ave., nr. 45th St.; 212-582-7947
At the outpost of the Kips Bay restaurant in upscale food market Gotham West, you can hunt for rarely seen brews like Smuttynose Smuttlab’s spicy, citrusy Pure Biss wit beer. Nothing to prove? Just relax with a charcuterie board and a 40 of Miller High Life.


Hudson Malone  

Wine:
Hudson Malone
218 E. 53rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-355-6607
Doug Quinn’s bilevel riff on a classic New York saloon is named for his two sons and kitted out with an array of artifacts: a deer head, the storied owner’s bow-tie collection. Try a glass of its freshly released branded wine: Hudson Malone Elegant White or Rustic Red, from the Napa Valley.


Bea  

Cocktails:
Bea
403 W. 43rd St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-602-1910
Jason Walsh’s cocktail den is very un-midtown: Scenes from films like Grease or Mildred Pierce are projected on the white brick walls; there are Edison bulbs galore, two vintage hand-operated ice machines, and a glass-enclosed atrium with retro-soda-shop-style awnings. An attractive young crowd nurses craft cocktails like a thyme-infused G-and-T featuring gin from Portland, or the Lavender Monk with ginger candy and Tito’s vodka.



Minton’s   

Harlem

Beer:
The Grange Bar & Eatery
1635 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 141st St.; 212-491-1635
This 74-seat spot was designed to resemble a farmer’s kitchen with its reclaimed-wood exposed beams and local-ingredient-heavy menu, so it’s no surprise that its rotating craft-beer offerings are strong. Since it’s open until 4 a.m. every night, it’s quickly become a hot spot for local downtown-commuting bartenders seeking a cold brew on their way home.

Wine:
The Park 112
2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. W. 113th St.; 646-524-6610
Hip-hop and sports exec Lewis Tucker wanted to channel the LES in his childhood stomping grounds, and the result is a buzzy shared-plates restaurant-bar with a globe-trotting selection of bubbles, reds, and whites. Be sure to make a reservation on Sundays—post-church brunch gets wild.


Minton’s  

Cocktails:
Minton’s
206 W. 118th St., nr. St. Nicholas Ave.; 212-243-2222
The decades-old jazz club has been resurrected for the second time in less than ten years. There’s a house band and standout cocktails like a classically prepared mint julep. (They’re just as good at the Cecil, Minton’s next-door sister, a second option if the jazz club’s too busy.)


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