Discovering NYC Series: Best New Nightlife Spots in Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan has seen explosive growth in its drinking and dining scene as of late, with the city’s hottest restaurant and nightlife moguls flocking downtown to open new establishments. In addition, existing restaurants and nightlife spots in the neighborhood are staying open later and on the weekends. For those looking for a new locale to see and be seen, “down is what’s up.”
Here are five buzzy Lower Manhattan nightlife spots opened within the last two years.
The Tuck Room
Situated in the newly rebranded Seaport District above iPic Theaters, The Tuck Room is a modern speakeasy with handcrafted cocktails and small plates by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard. This spirited drinking and dining den is an ode to the liquid history of New York City, with a rotating menu of cocktails from different eras. Try the Tuck Old Fashioned, nosh on Reuben Croquettes or share a bowl of Rum Rum Punch with your friends.
11 Fulton Street
The buzz around Mailroom has been difficult to ignore, with Haute Living magazine calling it “the cocktail bar for those in the know.” As the name suggests, this kitschy yet tasteful space evokes your local Post Office, with old P.O. boxes adorning the walls and a red, white and blue color scheme. Although certainly a hot spot, Mailroom’s cocktails are (relatively) affordable, running from $9 – $14.
110 Wall Street
The Roof at Public Hotel
Any nightlife destination by Ian Schrager, co-owner and co-founder of the legendary Studio 54, is bound to be extraordinary. The newly opened Public Hotel on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is Schrager’s latest project, and the posh rooftop bar is the highlight of the establishment. The space “appears to be floating in the sky,” and boasts jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramic views of the city through its floor-to-ceiling windows.
215 Chrystie Street
The Wooly Public
Although The Wooly Public opened in winter 2016 and isn’t as new as the others on this list, it’s still gaining traction as a keen spot and a unique, historic experience to be had in Lower Manhattan. This full-service restaurant and cocktail bar is located in the landmark Woolworth Building, one of New York City’s oldest and tallest skyscrapers. The Wooly Public’s bar program features a brief, rotating list of classic-inspired cocktails, as well as a curated list of craft beers, spirits and wine. Reflecting the interior of the larger building, the space features stunning neo-Gothic architectural details.
9 Barclay Street
Transport yourself to Prohibition-era Cuba at BlackTail, the bar Eater NY just can’t stop talking about. Opened summer 2016, BlackTail comes from the masterminds behind The Dead Rabbit, famously named the World’s Best Bar in 2016. The space serves as homage to the thirsty American citizens—and bars—that escaped Prohibition laws by traveling to Cuba, and is named after the airline that often took them there: Aeromarine Airways, whose planes were nicknamed “blacktails.” The drink menu features over 50 period cocktails, including four daiquiris and a unique take on a rum and Coke.
22 Battery Place
Second Floor of Pier A
Looking for more Lower Manhattan destinations and happenings? The scene is constantly evolving, and we’re here to keep you updated on the neighborhood’s latest and greatest offerings. Check Q&A Hotel’s official blog to stay in the loop.