Best cocktail crossroads: Macao Trading Company

  • Photographs: Jeff Gurwin

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin

The Tribeca sister to West Village mainstay Employees Only serves potent evocations of a Far Eastern Sin City. Even when Chanterelle's David Waltuck oversaw the Chinese-Portuguese cooking (he's since split from the project), the exotic handcrafted cocktails—featuring house-made bitters, nice, big ice cubes and infused liqueurs—were the real draw. The veteran barmen who own the joint shake and stir up some of the city's most groundbreaking drinks, like the perfectly balanced, Asian-inflected Dr. Funk (Thai rum, ginger beer, grenadine). Macao Trading Co. 311 Church St between Lispenard and Walker Sts (212-431-8750)