The Garret

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Filip Wolak

Rosarita Stick Up at the Garret

Filip Wolak

LTT Continental at the Garret

Filip Wolak

The Beatles at Shea at the Garret

Filip Wolak

The Garret

Filip Wolak

The Garret

West Village

"Turn left at the ketchup dispenser,” a red-capped burger flipper will tell you after you’ve spent ten minutes lost and confused at the West Village Five Guys. Yes, tucked in back of the patty joint is a clandestine staircase leading to a second-floor loft, rigged with glass chandeliers, a fireplace mantel tumbling with dusty hourglasses, and a well-stocked bar run by Hotel Chantelle commodore Kyle O’Brien and Riff Raff’s alum Gavin Moseley. And with its art-house crowd (lanky, long-haired rockers, red-lipped broads in leather-daddy hats) and equally creative cocktails, this clearly ain’t your average burger bar.

ORDER THIS: The cocktail menu—12 drinks total—is divided between classics (gimlet, Sazerac) and house creations ($14) like the LTT Continental, an exceedingly drinkable gin-and-grapefruit number, and the Rosarita Stick Up, a highball that looks dainty—capped preciously with rosebuds—but packs a boozy punch with tequila and Grand Marnier, soothed with rosemary-thyme syrup and a whip of egg white. Ask the bartender where they got the drink’s name—the story alone is worth the price tag.

GOOD FOR: A laid-back alternative to fellow hidden gem, PDT. The attic bar echoes the East Village staple with its sneaky fast-food-joint facade, but unlike that posh mixology mecca hidden within Crif Dogs, there’s no pesky same-day reservation system or long waits here. Instead, the copper-ceilinged drinkery boasts a pop-in breeziness, seemingly retained from the space’s days as a no-frills sports bar, Bleecker Heights Tavern.

THE CLINCHER: Yes, there are burgers. Flag down the bartender to have a patty slapped on the griddle downstairs, but the offerings go beyond the basic beef on a bun. Exclusive, in-the-works creations include the Italian Neighbors, swaddled and stuffed with Ottomanelli Brothers prosciutto; the Sixth Man, which is spiked with sriracha, five-spice powder and mustard seed; and the house specialty, crowned with steak-marinade dust and Peter Luger steak sauce. Fortunately, you’ll be too sauced yourself to give a damn about calories.—Christina Izzo

Venue name: The Garret
Address: 296 Bleecker St
New York
Cross street: at Barrow St
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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