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There was a minute there when we feared that the elegance of old-fashioned cocktails would be swallowed up by the age of apple and litchi martinis. But the classics are back in a big way, and not just at expensive midtown restaurants. Merge, a hopping American spot in the Village, where no entrée is over $16, serves up an impressive list, including Manhattans, stingers, brandy Alexanders, Negronis, Tom Collinses, champagne cocktails, and fuzzy navels. If you choose to sit at the bar, you can order mini tacos, mini burgers, lollipop chicken wings, or salmon-tartare cones to accompany your libations, and if a gin rickey is just too Nick and Nora Charles for you, they do have Flirtinis..
Best Classic Cocktails
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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