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131 Rivington St., at Norfolk St. (Lower East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-260-4555 | www.schillersny.com
HOURSMon.- Fri.: 11:00am-3:00am; Sat.: 10:00am-5:00pm, 6:00pm-3:00am; Sun.: 10:00am-5:00pm, 6:00pm-12:00am
RESERVATIONSNot necessary for drinks
DOOR POLICYLenient, as long as there's space available
PRICE (COCKTAILS)USD 12+
SIGNATURE DRINKThe Delancey
BARYes - full bar specializing in wines and house cocktails
FOOD SERVED?Yes - full menu of brasserie favorites
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYDelancey St.-Essex St. (F, J, M, Z)
It hails from the great French culinary empire of Keith McNally (of Balthazar and Pastis fame), but apart from the usual distressed décor and cutesy French feel, you’ll find no to-do here. Schiller’s boasts three wines: CHEAP, DECENT, and GOOD (read: three cheap red wines, with cheap being the best of the three), along with a handful of really unique house cocktails. Complete with gleaming tiled walls lined with dark liquor bottles and waitstaff who look like they were extracted from a Parisian fashion ad, Schiller’s is a beautiful, bustling neighborhood must.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
You’ll be surrounded by a stylish crowd here, so opt for a chic shift top, hip-hugging slacks, and fashionable heels.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; a casual date; a few friends
Hipsters, European expats, a handful of suits, and the usual McNally following. It’s a celeb-happy scene here, so people watching is prime.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The place is playful (just look at the wine options), it’s a spot to be seen in, and, though the counter still serves a handful of the restaurant’s best eats, seats here are much easier to come by than in the restaurant itself.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The bathrooms link to a common sink area. Be sure to stick to your own side upon entering.
GOOD TO KNOW
Don’t be afraid to try Schillers’s egg creams, a signature drink here: it’s a milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer water combo with an alcoholic twist of strawberry coconut, white Russian, or dark chocolate Russian flavor. Despite the rush for tables in the restaurant, seats at the bar are easier to come by (though, during peak hours, they are often taken up by those waiting to dine). Free Wi-Fi is available.
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