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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Upper East Side

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

Photograph: Filip Wolak

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

Jeremy Buck

Jeremy Buck

Bar: Rôtisserie Georgette

Been a bartender for: 14 years

Signature drink: 60th & Bourbon

The best thing about being a bartender is: Customizing the experience and the flavors for the guest and getting to know them in the process—all in the spirit of creativity and hospitality.

Steve Laycock

Steve Laycock

Bar: The Gilroy

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Oaxacan Negroni

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting all the great people and being one of the social centers for the community.

Maura McGuigan

Maura McGuigan

Bar: BKB

Been a bartender for: 15 years

Signature drink: Paper Ships

The best thing about being a bartender is: I've been extremely fortunate to have had amazing teachers who have selflessly shared their knowledge with me and empowered me to become a teacher myself.

Jason Nadeu

Jason Nadeu

Bar: Petaluma

Been a bartender for: 20 years

Signature drink: Bella Donna

The best thing about being a bartender is: The ability to make people feel important. That's really what most people want. I read the personality and mood of my patrons and tailor their experiences to how they want to feel.

Fabio Raffaelli

Fabio Raffaelli

Bar: Daniel

Been a bartender for: 14 years

Signature drink: Basil Crush

The best thing about being a bartender is: My customers.

Jacob Tschetter

Jacob Tschetter

Bar: The Jeffrey

Been a bartender for: 4 years

Signature drink: Let's Get Weird/Man of Action

The best thing about being a bartender is: I love being able to create an environment where my customers feel welcomed, heard and appreciated. Being behind the bar is a wonderful creative outlet, and I love being able to share my passion with my customers.


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