The tried and true recipe for love - aphrodisiacs, booze, and fire. Here are five pro-recommended New York City bars that have the romance trifecta of oysters, cocktails, and a fireplace.
Grand Army Bar
Enjoy raw oysters, shellfish towers and craft cocktails served fireside in a cozy setting. This Brooklyn Heights bar has the power team of restaurateurs Noah Bernamoff (Mile End), Julian Brizzi (Rucola), and barman Damon Boelte (Prime Meats) running the show.
"Grand Army Bar is one of my favorite places. They are focused on oysters and cocktails, but they have a phenomenal wine list, very good beer and a functioning fireplace. It is very romantic and quaint."
Bartender Ivy Mix of Leyenda
336 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
T: 718. 643.1503
One of the first craft cocktail bars to open in the Cobble Hill / Carroll Gardens area. Order fresh East Coast oysters, sip on a Champagne cocktail and canoodle on one of their Victorian love seats.
"Always welcoming and always great cocktails, but really good food too."
Bartender Tristan Willey of The Long Island Bar
210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A former longshoremen’s bar that was built in the 1900s and served the dock workers at the nearby East River shipyards. It’s been renovated, but still feels like a neighborhood corner bar. Fireplace, hot toddies, East Coast oysters, and an interesting wine list.
180 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This tiny gem of a bar is just slightly larger than a phone booth, but it’s dark and hidden away in Times Square. Have a little romance without the crowds and order an historic classic cocktail and some raw or gratin oysters from their small plate menu.
"A jewel of a spot with flawless cocktails. Have something regal."
Bartender Tom Richter formerly of Dear Irving
The Iroquois Hotel, 49 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
This art deco, Prohibition-style bar wins for having one of the better looking fireplaces in NYC. Order their Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette & EO Bloody Mary Mix.
"Great drinks, great vibe, and awesome steak tartare."
Chef Missy Robbins
"If there was an award for best night out, Employees Only would wine it."
Bartender Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit
510 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
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