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Millers Crossing at Play
Steamy exhibits have you working up a thirst? The Museum of Sex added a three-way café-bar-lounge to its east wing, featuring cocktails from veteran drinks-slinger Jim Kearns (Pegu Club, the NoMad). By day, find Balthazar pastries (black-pepper shortbread) and elevated sandwiches (Italian tuna loin) in the marble-walled Nice & Sweet café. After 6pm, the front bar turns from Viennese coffee to French bubbly, with glass doors opening onto a graphic-print lounge where drinkers can take in video installations and page through erotic sketchbooks. Along with lambic beers and biodynamic wines, the ebony bar is stocked with Kearn's creations—savory cocktails made with mushroom infusions, tomato water and fish sauce—and "artist-designed" quaffs: British food-art duo Bompas & Parr offers a Smashed cocktail, featuring fruit stomped on by celebrities.
Venue name: Play
Address: 1 E 27th St
Cross street: between Fifth and Madison Aves
Opening hours: Daily 7am–2am
Transport: Subway: N, R, 1 to 28th St
Price: Average cocktail: $13. AmEx, MC, V
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