White Star

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Lower East Side
Mixology maestro Sasha Petraske has abandoned his opening concept—focusing on sipping spirits, not cocktails—but this narrow, lamp-lit spot is all the better for it. The bar now cranks out expertly rendered classics such as brawny Sazeracs and aromatic old-fashioneds anchored by hand-cracked ice. Absinthe is still the bar’s centerpiece, but the liquor’s snail-pace preparation (a bartender dribbles icy water over a slotted, sugar-topped spoon) slows down service. Stick with mixed drinks instead.
Venue name: White Star
Contact:
Address: 21 Essex St
New York

Cross street: between Canal and Hester Sts
Opening hours: Daily 7pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average drink: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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