113 St. Marks Pl
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 6pm–2am; Fri, Sat 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average drink: $12. AmEx, MC, V|
Average User Rating
5 / 5
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Went right as they opened on a winter Sunday night and put our name in. Grabbed beers at a nearby bar, only had to wait about 45 mins before we got the call that our table for three was ready. Entered through the phone booth (an always fun touch) into the tiny, dark speakeasy. Very cozy, laid back vibe. Had a tiki cocktail that was smooth and delicious. And of course ordered a few of the speciality hot dogs. The David Chang dog was solid but when we visited they had a special Mission Chinese dog with ma po tofu on it and it was so delicious, we ordered a second round. Was surprised how spacious the bathroom was compared to such a tiny space. Wouldn't want to try and go on weekend but lovely on a weeknight.
I finally got into this little speakeasy one year for my birthday. You have to call day-of to make a reservation at 3pm sharp, and you may have to call 60 times before you get through (not an exaggeration). By then, only very early or very late slots will be open, but grab what you can. Go down the stairs to Crif Dogs and make a phone call in the phone booth. If you have a reservation, the doors open and you're invited to this tchotchke-filled room. Get ready to try drinks like the cereal milk cocktail, and order specialty hot dogs (often collabs with other chefs or restaurants) that aren't on the regular menu. It's a Manhattan treat.