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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Lower East Side & Chinatown

Is New York’s best bartender working in your neighborhood?

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Tijuana Picnic
By Time Out New York contributors |
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Whether you’re a fan of dive barsbeer barsrooftop barsromantic bars or any other kind of bar, you can always find what you’re looking for in New York—most of us don’t even need to leave our neighborhoods to visit a bar (and bartender) we love. If your favorite bartender made it to the shortlist below, vote for them, then come back on March 17 to see if they made it into the final 50.

The nominees

Matt Friedlander

Matt Friedlander

Bar: Fool’s Gold

Been a bartender for: 11 years

Signature drink: Ramos Gin Fizz or anything bespoke that a guest and I can come up with

The best thing about being a bartender is: Giving guests an incredible experience while listening to incredible music and working with people I love, i.e. the vibe!

Owen Gibbler

Owen Gibbler

Bar: Suffolk Arms

Been a bartender for: 12 years

Signature drink: Tecate

The best thing about being a bartender is: Rachel Tow.

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Alex McNeely

Alex McNeely

Bar: The Leadbelly

Been a bartender for: 7 years

Signature drink: Smoke Signal Mezcal

The best thing about being a bartender is: The fast pace, unconventional hours with a big social aspect and the chance to exert creative energy every single night.

Cecilia Romero

Cecilia Romero

Bar: Sons of Essex

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Florida Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: A highlight is definitely the interaction you get with all walks of life. It's also not a bad thing when the compliments are free-flowing, just like the booze we pour. It's maybe because they want a free drink, but hey I’ll take it.

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Mcson Salicetti

Mcson Salicetti

Bar: Botanic Lab Bar NYC

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Lemongrass Fizz

The best thing about being a bartender is: Creating and executing amazing cocktails and seeing the reaction in people when they love it!

Everett Taylor

Everett Taylor

Bar: Ivan Ramen

Been a bartender for: 9 years

Signature drink: Man-made margarita

The best thing about being a bartender is: The wonderful people that come into your life unexpectedly and the friends you meet.

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Alex Valencia

Alex Valencia

Bar: La Contenta

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Oaxaca Express

The best thing about being a bartender is: Make people happy.

Evangelos Vaggo Varonas

Evangelos Vaggo Varonas

Bar: Tijuana Picnic

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Gods Nectar

The best thing about being a bartender is: The feeling you get when you start shaking and stirring creating the melody of pure joy, as you strain the true painting of bartending.

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Allegra Warsager

Allegra Warsager

Bar: Hotel Chantelle

Been a bartender for: 5 years

Signature drink: Don Julio agave margarita

The best thing about being a bartender is: You get to meet new people constantly.

Stephen Yorsz

Stephen Yorsz

Bar: Leave Rochelle Out of It

Been a bartender for: 19 years

Signature drink: Beer & a shot, or introducing patrons to different, unique whiskey

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting and talking to new and interesting people.

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