NYC's 10 Best New Bars of 2013
The ball's about to drop on 2013, but we're sneaking in one last big list, one that feels particularly celebratory (and, um, apropos going into a season where we could all use a little liquid courage to combat the post-holiday blues and the cold). That's right, it's our best new bars list. Presenting our favorite spots that opened in the last 12 months.
Attaboy, 134 Eldridge Street
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Bespoke cocktails are always a crap shoot, and something we'd generally rather avoid -- unless, of course, we're dealing with pros. Such is the case at Attaboy, the narrow lounge Milk & Honey alums Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy installed when their bartending alma mater moved uptown. As with Milk & Honey, there's no menu here -- yet we've never had a bad drink.
Battery Harris, 64 Frost Street, Brooklyn, 718-384-8902
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When Lower East Side German beer hall Loreley pulled out of Williamsburg, it left behind stunning and sizable outdoor digs -- and Battery Harris stepped in admirably to fill the void. Order a Caribbean-tinged cocktail -- we're partial to the frozen dark and stormy -- or a draft beer or wine, and pair your tipple to eats like jerk chicken and Jamaican patties. It probably goes without saying that this is an especially nice place to be on breezy summer evenings.
The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street, 646-422-7906
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The Dead Rabbit garnered our Best New Bar award in Best of NYC 2013 not only for its cocktail program -- an impressive tome of drinks inspired by the last bartending heyday at the end of the 19th century -- or its disparate and equally superb concepts (the bottom floor is a cozy pub; the second, a cocktail parlor). This bar landed the honors because of its imagination within the bartending realm -- which it managed to further, even in a booze-soaked town -- and within the neighborhood: Thanks to the Dead Rabbit, there's reason to head to the Financial District late at night.