It’s always a good time to drink in New York, but it’s particularly good these days. Cocktail culture has spread so that all restaurants of a certain stripe offer interesting original drinks, while loosening its collar and relaxing a bit in recent years. With fall around the corner, many of the city’s cocktail bars and restaurants are reworking their menus or adding a few new drinks to their rosters. Here, 14 for you to drink.
The Argentine restaurant just started serving this vodka drink that’s made bubbly with cava, and aromatic with lavender, lemon, and the Indian herb ashwagandha.
They’re backyard barbecuing barbacoa at this new Gowanus restaurant, where you can eat your goat with this mezcal drink mixed with chamomile syrup, pimento dram, and bitters.
They’re keeping it simple here with just three cocktails on the menu. Do the same, and order this bourbon drink made with maraschino and bitters.
Slurp down udon noodles with dashi broth, and chase them with sake in your vodka, Lillet, ginger, and grapefruit cocktail.
At this Middle Eastern successor to Hundred Acres, rum gets paired with pomegranate, fennel syrup, lemon, vermouth, and Prosecco in this cocktail.
Where: Tokyo Record Bar
It’s pink, yes, but that’s all this drink has in common with the classic drink of the same name. Here, it’s made with sake, the French aperitif Sauvage, lemon, and rose syrup. No Ocean Spray required.
Where: Sweet Polly
The Prospect Heights bar mixes herbaceous génépi and aquavit with three kinds of citrus: sweet and sour kumquats, lemon, and grapefruit bitters.
Garden Bloody Mary
The Scandinavian spot will start serving an expanded brunch menu this Sunday, with a.m. cocktails like a Bloody Mary made with tomato, cucumber, carrot, horseradish, and sriracha.
Where: Fresh Kills
Craving licorice? Drink some pastis instead in this cocktail, where it’s paired with violette, white vermouth, gin, and a lemon twist.
Kyoto Old Fashioned
Where: Bar Goto
If you’re going to let a bartender put matcha in your cocktail, let it be Kenta Goto, who pairs the Japanese tea with rice vodka and gin.
Drones Over Brooklyn
The West Village all-day café is a wine bar first and foremost, but it also serves a few cocktails, like this one made with bourbon, China China, Moscatel sherry, Amaro Nonino, and white vermouth.
The Indian fusion restaurant gives peppery rye whiskey a dose of nuttiness with walnut liqueur, and mintiness via Fernet-Branca Menta.
Where: Patisserie Chanson
Price: Part of a $52 drinks pairing
It might not be hot-cocktail season yet, but hot sake is on the menu at this Flatiron bakery’s downstairs tasting menu. The drinks supplements include a ho sake cocktail that’s infused with aromatic ingredients of your choice, including makrut lime and pandan.
Where: Caffe Marchio
Maybe you’re at a time in your day when you aren’t ready for a cocktail and can still drink coffee, but could use a little extra pep in your step. Head to Danny Meyer’s new Italian café, where you can get your espresso spiked with an amaro of your choice.