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The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

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2013_cocktail_heatmap1.jpegWith the help of the Eater 38 and the Eater Heatmaps, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby. Now it's just as easy to find out where to get a good, stiff drink in this town.

Welcome back to Eater's Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hot drinking dens and restaurant bars of the moment. Rather than feature the perennial favorites, this guide focuses on operations that have opened in the last year. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with new suggestions.

All bars are listed based on opening date.

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1. Grace Bar

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365 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 918-6553
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2. Bergen Hill

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387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 858-5483
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Last month, Ravi DeRossi reopened the Bourgeois Pig space as a bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. Sother Teague created a list of drinks that are meant to pair with specific dishes on the menu, and many of them share ingredients. Standouts include the Poppy Gibson made with aquavit, vermouth, poppy seeds, and pickled onions, and the sake-based Meiji Collins.

3. Henry @ The Hudson

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356 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019

The new cocktail lounge in the Hudson Hotel has a bar program overseen by hot shot London-based beverage man Ryan Chetiyawardana. Many of the drinks are made with seasonal ingredients and local, small-batch spirits, and all of them are accompanied by paragraph-long descriptions. For a taste of fall, consider the Holy Spritz!, which is made with apple peel vermouth, St. Germain, fennel shavings, and homemade seltzer.

4. Whiskey Soda Lounge

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115 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 797-4120
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Andy Ricker's hip new bar counterpart to Pok Pok has a menu of beverages that were designed to complement the spicy bar snacks coming out of the kitchen. Some of the best drinks on the menu are the riffs on classics, like the Pok Pok Bloody Mary, the Mango Alexander, and the Tamarind Whiskey Sour. All cocktails are $12.

5. The Butterfly

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225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(646) 692-4943
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Eben Freeman's cocktails are the stars of the show at the Altamarea Group's new Tribeca restaurant. At the Butterfly, Freeman is serving the classics, updated with a few innovative twists, but absolutely no funny business — your classic Martini will still taste like a classic Martini, even though it's made with slate cured vodka and mineral salt brine. For a real blast from the past, try the seafoam green Grasshopper, or the crisp and refreshing Mai Tai.

6. Distilled

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211 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 601-9514
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Distilled serves fancypants modern cocktails in a relaxed, totally unpretentious setting. Former Ward III bartender Benjamin Wood is in charge of the bar program here. For something cool and refreshing, try the julep-like Derby Shrub, and for a strong, boozy cocktail, order the Tribecan, which is a riff on the Manhattan made with chocolate bitters and Carpano Antica.

7. ZZ's Clam Bar

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169 Thompson St
New York, NY 1000
(212) 254-3000
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8. Battery Harris

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64 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-8902
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9. Atrium

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15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-1095
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PDT alum Payman Bahmani created several original cocktails for this new Dumbo restaurant in the old Governor space. Many of his drinks are light and fruity, like the Raspberry & Balsamic, which is a beer cocktail made with muddled raspberries and balsamic vinegar syrup. All cocktails are $13.

10. Alder

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157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
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Like the food at Alder, Kevin Denton's drinks are unusual, but easy to enjoy. Try the bright and refreshing Dock Ellis, made with Pimm's and Applejack, or The Big Pink, which is a mixture of Cappelletti, vodka, cucumbers, and grapefruit juice.

11. Betony

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41 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 465-2400
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Betony is one of the best new places in Midtown to get a cocktail. GM/bar guru Eamon Rockey has created a list of playful drinks, many of which are strong and boozy in the best way possible. The Prosecco-topped Negroni Sbagliato is a good place to start. Also of note: Rockey has been playing around with some truly delicious Irish coffee creations lately. Consider ending your meal with one of these, if they're available.

12. Achilles Heel

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180 West St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 987-3666
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The bartenders at Andrew Tarlow's hip new cocktail parlor know how to serve up the classics. If you're indecisive, Achilles Heel also has a chalkboard list of daily specials, and the bartenders will be happy to find something that you like. This is one of New York's coolest new out-of-the-way bars.

1. Grace Bar

365 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
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365 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016

2. Bergen Hill

387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Last month, Ravi DeRossi reopened the Bourgeois Pig space as a bar and restaurant specializing in cocktails and raw fish. Sother Teague created a list of drinks that are meant to pair with specific dishes on the menu, and many of them share ingredients. Standouts include the Poppy Gibson made with aquavit, vermouth, poppy seeds, and pickled onions, and the sake-based Meiji Collins.

387 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. Henry @ The Hudson

356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

The new cocktail lounge in the Hudson Hotel has a bar program overseen by hot shot London-based beverage man Ryan Chetiyawardana. Many of the drinks are made with seasonal ingredients and local, small-batch spirits, and all of them are accompanied by paragraph-long descriptions. For a taste of fall, consider the Holy Spritz!, which is made with apple peel vermouth, St. Germain, fennel shavings, and homemade seltzer.

356 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019

4. Whiskey Soda Lounge

115 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Andy Ricker's hip new bar counterpart to Pok Pok has a menu of beverages that were designed to complement the spicy bar snacks coming out of the kitchen. Some of the best drinks on the menu are the riffs on classics, like the Pok Pok Bloody Mary, the Mango Alexander, and the Tamarind Whiskey Sour. All cocktails are $12.

115 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. The Butterfly

225 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Eben Freeman's cocktails are the stars of the show at the Altamarea Group's new Tribeca restaurant. At the Butterfly, Freeman is serving the classics, updated with a few innovative twists, but absolutely no funny business — your classic Martini will still taste like a classic Martini, even though it's made with slate cured vodka and mineral salt brine. For a real blast from the past, try the seafoam green Grasshopper, or the crisp and refreshing Mai Tai.

225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

6. Distilled

211 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Distilled serves fancypants modern cocktails in a relaxed, totally unpretentious setting. Former Ward III bartender Benjamin Wood is in charge of the bar program here. For something cool and refreshing, try the julep-like Derby Shrub, and for a strong, boozy cocktail, order the Tribecan, which is a riff on the Manhattan made with chocolate bitters and Carpano Antica.

211 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

7. ZZ's Clam Bar

169 Thompson St, New York, NY 1000
[Photo: Instagram]
169 Thompson St
New York, NY 1000

8. Battery Harris

64 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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64 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Atrium

15 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

PDT alum Payman Bahmani created several original cocktails for this new Dumbo restaurant in the old Governor space. Many of his drinks are light and fruity, like the Raspberry & Balsamic, which is a beer cocktail made with muddled raspberries and balsamic vinegar syrup. All cocktails are $13.

15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. Alder

157 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003

Like the food at Alder, Kevin Denton's drinks are unusual, but easy to enjoy. Try the bright and refreshing Dock Ellis, made with Pimm's and Applejack, or The Big Pink, which is a mixture of Cappelletti, vodka, cucumbers, and grapefruit juice.

157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Betony

41 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Betony is one of the best new places in Midtown to get a cocktail. GM/bar guru Eamon Rockey has created a list of playful drinks, many of which are strong and boozy in the best way possible. The Prosecco-topped Negroni Sbagliato is a good place to start. Also of note: Rockey has been playing around with some truly delicious Irish coffee creations lately. Consider ending your meal with one of these, if they're available.

41 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

12. Achilles Heel

180 West St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

The bartenders at Andrew Tarlow's hip new cocktail parlor know how to serve up the classics. If you're indecisive, Achilles Heel also has a chalkboard list of daily specials, and the bartenders will be happy to find something that you like. This is one of New York's coolest new out-of-the-way bars.

180 West St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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