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433 E. 6th St., nr. Ave. A (East Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-388-0882 | www.deathandcompany.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-1:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 6:00pm-2:00am
DOOR POLICYFirst come, first serve; no groups larger than seven
PRICE (COCKTAILS; WINE; BITES)USD 13-16; USD 10-18; USD 8-18
SIGNATURE DRINKQueen Palm
BARYes - fully stocked bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - small selection of decadent small plates
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - and entire space can be rented
SUBWAY2nd Ave. (F)
Gothic never looked so good. Despite its very sinister name, this shadowy semi-speakeasy hidden behind two imposing wooden doors seduces with glowing kerosene lanterns, crystal chandeliers, and a gold-flecked ceiling. A true cocktail culture club gathers on the luxurious suede banquettes to get a taste of the expertly crafted signature drinks, which are whipped up by debonair bartenders (who hail from mixology havens like Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club, and Freemans, no less). Every concoction takes time, but when tucked within the low-lit, atmospheric surrounds of Death + Company, one hardly notices.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Swanky surrounds deserve to be matched; we’d go with a dark, sparkly number paired with sky-high stilettos, fancy clutch, and a choice piece of jewelry.
GO HERE WITH
A friend or two; your date du jour; a cocktail connoisseur
Fashionably hip Sixth Streeters and Lower East Side nightlifers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Great spot for impressing friends. We love how the cocktails are crafted, not poured–though they may be a bit pricey, they’re worth every penny. The Queen Palm remains one of our favorite drinks of all time (and in this town, that means something).
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The secret is out with this one, which, coupled with its no-standing rule, makes for inevitable waits, especially on weekends. The protocol is to leave your number with the door staff (who’ll call you when they’re ready to let you in), but we don’t quite like the mystery of when seats will open up. (Though reservations are not accepted, parties of seven or more can call ahead.)
GOOD TO KNOW
Death + Company is named after a Prohibition-era art movement that made anti-alcohol propaganda posters encrypted with maps revealing local speakeasies. A no-standing rule regulates the crowd so, due to limited seating space, so it’s a good idea to come with a group of four or less. In addition to their house cocktails, the bar is also stocked with well-selected wines, scotches, and whiskeys. Be mindful when walking by: the entrance is barely marked by a single wooden plaque.
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