It’s the beginning of Fall and instead of retreating to our typically small NYC apartments, lets make the most of the city’s nouveau offerings. With new bars and clubs sprouting all over New York, you can make the city your personal treasure map. Go discover your future favorites at these fab up and comings.
Opened September 7th
Hearing the name of this new resident of Williamsburg, you’d expect to see the most serious, baby-boomer businessmen presiding inside, in crisp leather studded couches, and drinking scotch on the rocks. Now, throw those preconceived notions to the wind because you’re in for a comfy treat. Simple décor fills the narrow space with lightbulb pendants, a white tin ceiling, and classic red brick walls. This is the perfect addition to an area plagued by speakeasies (which we also love, but not for a low-key night). With its apartment-like interior combined with the Euro-themed wine list and menu (delectables hailing from Greece, Italy, and Spain), get ready to feel a homey sophistication at The Saint Austere.
613 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Opened September 6th
This bi-level beauty, a shrine to bubbly and all the elegance entailed with it, could have been plucked right out of a 1940s Park Avenue lounge (with a few necessary modern touches, of course). With its authentic 40s tunes crooning in the background, while you take in the eclectic décor, you’re bound to be transported to a time of limitless glamour. A glass blown chandelier cascades down, in bubble-like form, to emanate a classy yet playful vibe. To add some spunk into their Deco-driven silver tufted everything, they have a yellow grand piano by the wrap-around stairs, as if waiting to greet you, its favorite new guest. And with options ranging from the glass to five figure bottles, you’ll be sure to find something you love.
420 Park Ave S (between 28th St & 29th St) Manhattan, NY 10016
Opening the week of September 26th, 2011
Situated next to its older, French sister, Apotheke, is Pulqueria, Chinatown's newest (and most unique) speakeasy. With its hidden entrance, you may be surprised to find a fun, low-key atmosphere, unlike most of NYC’s speakeasies. Welcome, chic Aztec-inspired Mexican restaurant and bar, we’ve been waiting, patiently, to have you. Authentic Mexican fare inspired chef Nacxitl Gaxiola’s sumptuous menu. And that’s not all they brought from Mexico. Specialty cocktails like the one of a kind Curados (made from Agave), and the Inebriated Monkey (made from ancient Mexican pulque), grace the bar.
11 Doyers St, Manhattan, NY 10013
Opened September 8th
Any New Yorker, new and habituated, knows about Chelsea nightlife. The glitz, the gorgeous; everything is presented at its best. Enter the Dream Downtown’s newest night hit. The Electric Room is decorated like a British rocker’s library, jam-packed with eye-goodies like brown leather tufted couches, complete with hand painted British flags. The worn wood panels along the walls, combined with thick red brick and the eclectic art, done by Nur Khan, himself (the owner), give this lounge an especially fun vibe. Exclusive, not only by nature, but also by size (only 100 people max), you might just find yourself shoulder-to-shoulder with rock legends like Mick Jagger.
355 W. 16th St. ( between Eighth and Ninth Aves) Manhattan, NY 10011
Opened Sept 2011
While the location has changed, you can rest assured that this Bond-inspired gem is ready to re-wow you with its excellence in décor, atmosphere, and specialty cocktails. Maintaining some of its former elements (and how could we blame them?), you can expect to saunter through the tunnel-like hallway to discover this plethora of luxury. An ode to all textures comfortable, they have brown leather and crocodile couches, mahogany accents, and dim lighting to enhance that inviting feeling. Don’t be fooled by its comforting appearance, this lounge is formerly famed for being one of the VIP fashion hotspots. Dress your best and hope to enter among NYC’s powerhouses.
63 Gansevoort St, Manhattan, NY 10014
Opened August 24th
This understated bar has come to the streets of Williamsburg to spread the word about whiskey. It's not just for suits and olde English dukes, but also for the young (somewhat apprehensive) connoisseur, looking for that signature drink that doesn’t include tons of sugar and flavoring (ahem, Sex on the Beach). Enjoy hard-to-find brands like Old Potrero and Springbank with your delicious grilled cheese sandwich (with seven unique choices, they’ve got us counting calories, while biting into melt-in-your-mouth’s like the Sylvia- empire jack cheese with tomato and Herbes de Provence on ciabatta). The décor is slightly Americana with jar-like pendants lining the bar, a wrought iron chandelier, and weathered wood lining the bar and floor. Decidedly simple, so that all your focus goes into the specially selected whiskey and grilled cheese pairing, and your company, of course.
609 Grand St, (between Lorimer St & Leonard St) Brooklyn, NY 11211
Opened August 18th
Like its name, you enter into Interstate, welcoming the rest from your road trip of Life. This bi-level Lower East Side gem charms you into relaxation with its décor. A seemingly effortless mash-up of industrial and distressed wood, you would expect to see the run-down bo-dunk version if this on Route 66 or in Kerouac’s On the Road. With comfort foods like Beer Braised Pork Wings and bacon-infused Bloody Marys (we promise, it tastes better than it sounds), your experience will be priceless.
74 Orchard St. ( between Grand and Broome St) Manhattan, NY 10002