|The non-descript entrance to Death & Co|
"Speak easy, boys! Speak easy" when things start getting out of hand. The resurgence of the speakeasy became more prominent during the prohibition years.
The allure of the speakeasy continues to this day. Speakeasy's usually have a secret code, passageway or a fake storefront to cover up the "illegal" activity inside the bar. New York claims three of the top speakeasy's in America. Each with it's signature libation and seductive appeal.
On this fateful night in the city, my speakeasy tour guides were my brother, Brian, and his girlfriend, Vivian. No online research can replace the inside knowledge of locals. Brian and Vivian are the perfect companions for they provide first hand experience from each joint along with the occasional friend guarding the door or tending the bar. We hit four bars but one bar, PDT, failed miserably on the guest service portion by putting us on a 45 minute wait list but neglecting to call us when a table became available. So much for the hype on the Travel Channel - PDT is banned from my list of reputable speakeasy's.
304 E. 6th st.
Subway: Astor Pl. 8th st Lexington
Dig: home to the best bar tacos and tequila cocktails in NYC
Mayahuel's basement bar is home to the finest tequila cocktails. From the
basic blanco to reposado to anejo to mezcal. Every cocktail on the list
raises tequila's status from bar shot torture to cocktail heaven.
Michelada - spicy sangrita with citrus & beer $9
I've had my share of incredible tacos, but Mayahuel's is special. Above is
the chorizo and tinga (stewed pork) tacos with cilantro, radishes and lime.
433 E 6th
Subway: Astor Pl 8th st Lexington
Dig: NYC's best mixologists work here
The menu ups the ante on bar food - Goat Cheese Profiteroles with red
pepper and Mexican honey $12 to Crispy Pork Belly with polenta, mission
figs, port glaze $14.
Last train to Oaxaca - Pueblo Viejo Anejo, Los
Amantes Joven Mezcal, Lillet Blanc, Don's
Floor to ceiling wood sets the masculine tone at Death & Co
Chandelier above our booth
82 Berry St Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Subway: take a cab
Dig: Old Buenos Aires atmosphere, good but pricey cocktails
Despite the name, don't expect a bellman to escort
you to your room because there are none. This
former tattoo parlor is divided into three salons
filled with thirty something Brooklynites
The red salon
Delmano's unisex bathroom is a voyeur's legal
An authentic Parisian absinthe dispenser