If you're facing a long wait at Osteria Morini, head down the street for a predinner cocktail at this loungey, candlelit bar. The drinks justify their lofty price tag ($14) with exotic ingredients: The Mr. Hot Pants is a mix of tequila, mescal, Campari, passion fruit and Thai-chili bitters, while the Maid in the Cave combines aged Japanese whiskey with lime juice, ginger-infused agave, muddled cucumber, mint and club soda. Pair these complex quaffs with food from Chris Cheung; the former Nobu and Monkey Bar chef is turning out shareable fare like roasted bone marrow with XO jelly and scallion pancakes—priced at around the cost of a drink, or less.
201 Lafayette St
|Cross street:||at Kenmare St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–3am|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Spring St|
|Price:||Average drink: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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