Flatiron Room doesn’t need any more publicity than it already gets, but it truly is one of the premier cocktail and whiskey bars in New York, with nightly live music (usually jazz) to boot. They also have a bottle locker service, where if you buy a full bottle of your choice of spirit, they will keep it in a locker for you, making it available whenever you and your party want to partake. Boasting one of the most extensive whiskey selections not only in the city but in all the East Coast, Flatiron Room also manages to have one of the best cocktail menus around, with seasonal cocktails, classics and Flatiron favorites.
The 37 West 26th (Black Bottle Scotch mixed with fresh fig, Drambuie, lime, sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters) is divine—perfect for warming you up and settling you into your vintage armchair while you watch a sequined warbler work the stage. Though a simple classic, the Rye Old Fashioned (Rye whiskey, Demerara Sugar, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, orange essence) is elevated out of the ordinary by the orange essence. Flatiron Room is usually buzzing, so it may not be the best place to buttonhole the bartender for a whiskey 101, but it’s a great place for a romantic date or to catch up with a friend. —Julia Ritz Toffoli