12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC
The Big Apple is full of gems that are literally hidden – think camouflage, subterfuge, secret passageways – and span from classic to offbeat. Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.
As a professional concierge for the four luxury INSTRATA lifestyle residences in New York City, nothing is more fun than unlocking the secrets of the city and sharing them with my residents. Here’s a list of the best hidden hotspots in the city:
Bathtub Gin, 132 Ninth Ave., 646-559-1671
Walk toward the light – the red light that is, inside the back of the tiny Stone Street Coffee Company, indicating this speakeasy’s false-wall entrance. There’s a claw-foot copper bathtub in the middle of the bar, natch. Avoid the pitfalls of 1920s bathtub gin (such as blindness and death from wood alcohol) and instead try the Martinez or Clover Club. The bar menu is modern fusion and there’s a rockin’ DJ on weekends.
The Backroom Bar, 102 Norfolk St., 212-228-5098
One of only two Prohibition-era speakeasies still in operation in NYC, The Backroom hosted numerous actors and the occasional gangster (think Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky) during the Roaring ‘20s. A hidden entrance, rich vintage décor, cocktails served in teacups, secret room behind the bookcase… If it was any more hidden, even we wouldn’t be able to find it!