NYC loves making things hard to find: cabs at 4 pm. Any place you can afford to live without having to sustain yourself on ramen flavor packets and saltines. And things fun like dark bars, supper clubs, sex parties, and secret and hidden spots to eat around the city. So, we’re arming you with this beginner’s guide to 7 great restaurants you might otherwise not be able to find.
Looking to shop for a suit while drinking Old Fashioned? Inside the new Neiman Marcus store in Hudson Yards. There’s a cocktail bar called Bar Stanley toward the back of the second floor. There, you can eat lobster club sandwiches and drink pricy cocktails like a Gibson. This is really Fancy Man territory.
This is a bit of a Russian doll of secret spaces. Being a hidden bar in a fifth-floor restaurant and all. Bookbinders is in Thomas Keller’s TAK Room. And with its marble fireplace and green velvet sofas, it’s designed to look like the throwback. Clubby bar that old New York aristocrats would drink Manhattans at back in the day.
What’s that? A bar that’s not only a secret space but also a resurrected version of a mourner. One that was not so long ago a quintessentially downtown cool and exclusive spot with a connection to the Strokes. That era might have gone — as you know read, rock music is over. But at least you can play late 2000s New York in the windowless basement space.
Art galleries aren’t usually where you go to eat. But you have to go through one to get to this Greenwich Village restaurant that opened two weeks back. It’s a small room, with an 18-seat counter and 6-seat table. And dinner means a five-course ($124) tasting menu from a chef who has worked for the likes of Alain Ducasse.
You probably think of Gertie as a place to go for your morning bialy and coffee. But it’s advertised as an all-day spot, by which they mean all day and night. Intimate downstairs space, where they’ve been hosting a Thursday night party called café Bogart. There’s a strong sound system and soundproofing. With a few plants to make it feel less like a basement and a backyard with stadium seating, too. It’ll used for both for private events, “Dinner parties that turn into dance parties.” And as a cultural space for showing movies and sports games.
The Hidden Pearl
The door is at the end of the long, narrow dining room and not visible from the street. This isn’t, though, your typical bourbon-washed faux-speakeasy that’s all dark wood and classic cocktails.
If you happened to walk past Hall on the street and hadn’t heard of it. You’d think it was just another one of those all-day cafés that have opened in spades around the city.