Death & Co.

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90 Excellent

Death isn’t a partner at this speakeasy-esque gem, but the creative twists on pre-Prohibition cocktails sure are killer.

433 E. 6th St., New York, NY, 10009


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No, the grim reaper isn’t a partner at this cozy boîte. The proprietors are David Kaplan and restaurateur Ravi DeRossi. Nevertheless, the cocktails are killer. Martinis are served in five-ounce glasses with the remainder poured into iced carafes to stay chilled; smoky, fragrant Oaxaca old-fashioneds are made from reposado tequila, mezcal, and agave nectar, then finished off with a flamed orange twist. The bar stocks an array of rare, aged brown liquors. Woody, understated classicism may have been the intended look when the owners tucked suede banquettes under black-granite tables lit by crystal chandeliers, but the cocktails and cuisine don’t hew as closely to speakeasy traditions.

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized