12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC
Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.
Little Branch (no website), 22 Seventh Avenue South at Leroy St., 212-929-4360
Look for the rusty door with no sign then follow the long stairway down. Expert bartenders in prohibition era uniforms whip together a tantalizing array of cocktails. Seductive, dimly lit booths practically scream come hither. A frequent haunt of celebrities, try to play it cool when stars like Scarlett Johansson are seated in the booth right next to you. Jazz Sunday through Thursday. Cash only, so hit up an ATM on your way in.
The Raines Law Room, 48 W. 17th St. bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves. (no phone)
Named for an 1896 liquor tax designed to curb alcohol consumption (and we know how well those worked), The Raines Law Room is accessed by an unmarked stairwell under a black awning on this residential block. Ring the button to get in then ring the button on your table to call a server. Indulge in a little Hanky Panky (which is the name of one of their amazing Prohibition-style craft cocktails, of course – although there are loveseats with curtains…). No phone for this plush lounge, so for reservations Sunday through Tuesday so contact me, I’ll make it happen.