At this a colorful nook conceived by Ravi DeRossi (Death & Company, Cienfuegos) and Bittermens, a small-batch bitters producer based in Red Hook, curious drinkers can find plenty of ways to mix edification and inebriation. The focus here is on amari and other bitters, which can be explored via tasting flights or excellent stirred cocktails created by Mayur Subbarao (Dram). Sip your way through a range of trendy fernet or herbal liqueurs made by Carthusian monks, then try the Orchard Street Cel’ry Soda—a fizzy, dry quaff built with applejack, jenever, club soda, and experimental bitters laced with caraway and ginger. Temper the booze with appealing tapas like salty fried garbanzo beans (the haute beer nut?) sprinkled with blood sausage.
|Venue name:||Amor y Amargo||Contact:|
443 E 6th St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5–11pm, Thu 5pm–midnight, Fri 5pm–1am, Sat 3pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average drink: $12. AmEx, MC, V|
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The best thing about Amor y Amargo is definitely the incredible list of amari. The walls are lined with bottles of the stuff, and the whole front window is filled with bar tools and bottles upon bottles of bitters. Rarely do I want to drink a cocktail list from top to bottom, but this is one of the few.
If you're hesitant about trying bitter forward drinks, the cocktails at this bar will make you a fan. The menu includes spins on familiar drinks and concoctions that accentuate bitter ingredients. Not sure what to order? Just ask the bartender, who can point you in the write direction depending upon your tastes. There are also ingredients and bar tools available for purchase, in case you want to try your hand at making these drinks at home.
How the bartender here managed to hold down an entire bar by herself at 10pm on a Thursday is beyond me, but she did it—and did it well. I had a beautiful gin cocktail, incredibly complex and well-balanced, and wanted to try everything on the short cocktail menu (but, uh, $15 a pop guys). You can purchase bartools here as well, but with a bartender this talented, making drinks at home won't quite live up to Amor y Amargo.
For anyone who’s curious about—or already loves—bitter flavors in booze, you won’t do much better than Amor y Amargo, which has the best selection of amari in town. You can build flights to sample, ask knowledgeable bartender Sother Teague which ones you should try, or order a cocktail off the menu, like the eight amaro sazerac, which replicates the flavors of the New Orleans classic with an ingenious blend of amari. On the weekends, pop by for a coffee-focused brunch menu. It’s a tiny space, so be prepared to wait, but this is the East Village—you’ll be fine.
Came here after it popped up on my Yelp app. The bartenders here are incredibly knowledgeable. I wasn't sure what to order, and the bartender asked me what I was in the mood for. I wanted something that was seasonal and tasted like fall. Not sure what the drink I had was called, but it was spot-on. Autumn in a glass, strong, but super drinkable. My date got an amazing drink too. This is the kind of place you can just describe the mood you're in and get a corresponding craft cocktail. The only downside I'd say is the space is quite small. I like intimate, but they should get more comfortable seating and spaces to put things (especially in the fall/winter with all our heavy coats). Nevertheless, definitely planning to come back!