142 West 10th Street, 212-691-7757
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
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).