So many places for a cocktail but I can think of few other spots to lurk in the shadows and sip a proper libation than at Death & Company in NYC. Pure and classic bartending that is an art form and deserves to be praised.
Dark and brooding like the Vampire Lestat sipping on a type-o blood cocktail hidden away in a shadowy corner. Death & Company is appropriately named for those of us who prefer to shun the light and move between the dimmed view of candle lumination. No one knows you are there, yet your presence can be felt by the glowing stare of your eyes as you partake in classic cocktail enjoyment.
A speakeasy in the traditional sense. Black velvet drapes to part as you enter. Dark and candle lit. Low level music. Soft chatter emanating from the couples and groups sitting in booths around you. Bartender working like a mad scientist perfecting his potions. The occasional quiet din is broken up by his exuberant shaking of a cocktail. Yes, this is a perfect place for those who abhor the modern bar scene in this wretched yet addictive and wonderful city.
Terrific cocktail menu set up in categories of Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Brandy, Hops, and Juleps. There are also options for classic drinks, champagne drinks, punch bowls, wines and few craft type beers. If you are a bit hungry there is a selection of gourmet appetizer dishes and small entree plates that are also outstanding. Everything we drank and ate were made with inspiration and aplomb. Looking back, the word “outstanding” is the one that comes to the forefront of my mind as an appropriate description.
No reservations are accepted. No groups over seven people. First come, first serve. If no seats are available when you arrive they take your number and will call you when there is an opening. Best to arrive early after it first opens and enjoy a long stay there. Otherwise, you might be waiting for up to an hour for a seat. We got there right after it opened and were seated immediately. Perfect timing.
I will return here again, if just to sit like a mysterious figure in a dark corner and enjoy a perfect libation while observing the denizens of the shadow time.