Up and Up
New York City-Lower West Manhattan
- Great food
May 11, 2018
In the 1960s, this semi-subterranean space—identified outside by an illuminated arrow—was the Gaslight Cafe, a coffeehouse (with famously bad coffee) where the likes of Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan and others hung out. Today, the former owner of The Beagle and the head bartender from Gin Palace have developed a casually immaculate cocktail den with an emphasis on hospitality and high-quality drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Part of the new-and-improved MacDougal Street (see: Caffe Dante), the minimalist design (save for ornate custom wallpaper on one wall) and subdued lighting make the space ideal for before- or after-dinner drinks, and relaxed socializing (no groups over 10, reservations available some hours for groups of 7-10). A whiskey-soaked cocktail menu, chockablock with inventive ingredients like corn, Worcestershire sauce and housemade lime cordial, serves up highlights like the Screen Door Slam (bourbon, Aperol, honey, vanilla bean, absinthe) and One-Star Yelp Review (vodka, Montenegro, cachaça, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, sugar). In addition to trendy large-format and bottled cocktails, you’ll also find “Halfies,” $8 half-sized cocktails for sipping or shooting. Beer, wine and intriguing small bites also available.