New bars

A roundup of recently opened bars.



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Amor y Amargo
Ravi DeRossi and the bitters company Bittermens teamed up to open this community center for cocktail geeks—a bitters-based bar, retail shop and classroom—in the Cienfuegos complex. Aspiring home bartenders can stock up on bar ware or sign up for one of the weekly mixology classes, ranging in topics from basic techniques to homemade vermouth. If you prefer that a pro do the shaking, grab one of the eight bar stools and order from a cocktail menu, curated by mixologist Mayur Subbarao (Dram), highlighting unusual amari and bitters. The tinctures include the Bittermens Experimental Series in flavors like habanero (Hellfire Shrub), vanilla and pecan (Squirrel Nut Bitters), and celery and caraway (Orchard St. Celery Shrub), all of which are sold exclusively at Amor y Amargo. Three taps dispense a small but curious selection of house-made sweet vermouth, a cocktail of the day and a rotating British-style bitter beer. You can offset all the bitters-soaked boozing with tapas, like tortilla espagnola, patatas bravas and crispy garbanzos with morcilla (blood sausage). 443 E 6th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-614-6817,

Find billiards, music and booze at this casual Soho lounge and cocktail bar, from the owners of Gatsby's and Firefly. The bi-level space—featuring exposed brick, brown stools and a pool table in the back—offers respectable craft suds (Brooklyn Brewery, Chimay, Delirium) and frilly cocktails (chocolate martinis, melon mojitos). On Friday and Saturday nights, DJs spin Top 40, electronic and dance music. 92 W Houston St between West Broadway and Thompson St (212-381-4911,

Caffe Muzio
Bobby Werhane (Spasso) converted the former Choptank space into this Italian caf-bar. Espresso and pastries, like scones, brioche and olive-oil cakes, comprise the all-day offerings. Later in the day choose from an Italian-leaning selection of wines, beers and cocktails, plus small bites—like eggplant caponata crostini and arancini with saffron risotto and mozzarella—from chef Michael Berardino (dell'anima, 'inoteca). 310 Bleecker St between Barrow and Grove Sts (212-675-2009,

The Darby Downstairs
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and restaurateurs Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva (1Oak, Butter) operate this elegant cocktail lounge beneath their sceney supper club, the Darby. The 200-seat subterranean space features brown leather banquettes and a golden honeycomb-patterned frame covering the ceiling and walls. Bar snacks, like barbecued spare ribs and hamburger sliders with aged Wisconsin cheddar and pickle relish, are dispatched from the same kitchen as the full-service restaurant above. At the stroke of 10pm, specialty cocktails—including the Floozie (grapefruit-flavored vodka, lemon and rose champagne) and the Hotel Nacional (rum, apricot, lime, peach bitters and soda)—jump from the merely expensive mark of $14 to a straight-ballin' $18. So be sure to bring a stacked wallet or generous pals if you plan to party the night away. 244 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-242-4411,

Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow bolsters his fancy food court, FoodParc, with this seasonal beer garden in the plaza outside. The 12,000-square-foot space boasts stalls from noted toques, including Ed Brown (Ed's Chowder House), Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban (Edi & the Wolf), Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop) and Zak Pelaccio (Fatty 'Cue). Sample a brisket sandwich slathered with chili aioli at Pelaccio's Fatty Snack, or Thai-style fried chicken at Dieterle's Soi 29. Ten taps dispense five craft suds, including selections like Radeberger Pilsner, Tucher Helles Hefeweizen and Southampton Publick House Double White Ale. 845 Sixth Ave between 29th and 30th Sts (

Tap Room No. 307
A custom-built steel tap system, centered on the 35-foot oak bar, is the pride of this international craft-beer haunt. Choose from two cask drafts, 40 mostly American taps (Cigar City, Founders, Sixpoint) and a list of 80 bottled brews (La Rulls Triple, Trappistes Rochefort 10). Offset the suds with brick-oven pizza, sliders and sausages. 307 Third Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-725-4766)

Riff Raff's
Diners at the Hurricane Club can keep the rum flowing at this late-night sister restaurant around the corner. The Polynesian-inflected drinks list features standard party starters—bottles, shots, punch bowls and fruity cocktails—plus tchotchkes such as coconut bras and neon-orange sunglasses. But beware: This kitschy luau ain't for thrifty beach bums—prices are steep, and the luxe space is decked out with intricate Malaysian tapestries and gold-speckled glass-orb chandeliers. 360 Park Ave South, entrance on 26th St between Madison and Park Aves (

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