Middle Branch, the latest addition to the Sasha Petraske cocktail-bar family, will open in it's airy two-story Murray Hill location sometime in the next two weeks. Expect the menu to contain of many of the same classic cocktails that can be found in its sister bars, Little Branch, Silver Lining, and Milk & Honey, along with a few new inventions. Snacks will be available to start, followed by the addition of a small plates menu and live jazz as the bar develops. Managing partner Lucinda Sterling, a longtime veteran of Little Branch, will oversee the bar, which has 25 seats upstairs and standing room for about 30 downstairs (it's a revamp of a former antiques store). Middle Branch will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Follow the bar on Twitter for updates.
Middle Branch, 154 East 33rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.
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