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Elsa
East Village
This stylish saloon hosts a bespoke tailor in its anteroom two days a week—not surprising for a bar named after 20th-century fashion priestess Elsa Schiaparelli. The clean, airy space is echoed in the minimalist drinks list: ten international wines by the glass and a worthy selection of beers—drafts are funneled through an ancient sewing machine. But the real draw here is the ten affordable cocktails, including an austere old-fashioned and a smooth Jaszek (applejack, Falernum, lime juice, Angostura and orange bitters). Call Elsa the new cocktail culture’s calmer, quieter cousin—one with a dapper wardrobe.
Venue name: Elsa
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Address: 217 E 3rd St
New York

Cross street: between Aves B and C
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 7pm–3am; Fri, Sat 7pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average drink: $9. AmEx, MC, V
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