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New York's Best Bartender 2015: West Village & Meatpacking

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

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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

David Bonatesta

David Bonatesta

Bar: Analogue

Been a bartender for: 7 years

Signature drink: Let me make you anything with Amaro

The best thing about being a bartender is: Learning from people and sharing experiences.

Giovanni Crabel

Giovanni Crabel

Bar: Sotto 13

Been a bartender for: 15 years

Signature drink: Rosemary Ginger Collins

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting new people all the time.

Maria Gentile

Maria Gentile

Bar: The Duplex Piano Bar

Been a bartender for: 29 years

Signature drink: Maria Sangria and the Blackberry Manhattan

The best thing about being a bartender is: My connection with my customers. I hug at least 20 people a night.

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Cody Goldstein

Cody Goldstein

Bar: RedFarm

Been a bartender for: 3 years

Signature drink: Smoked Apple Fashion

The best thing about being a bartender is: Creating something truly unique to an individual's taste, having them experience the process from start to finish and then watching them take a sip—knowing you have just created a lasting memory for them.

Rosie Grillo

Rosie Grillo

Bar: CATCH

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Original Cinn

The best thing about being a bartender is: Some might think that everything has already been done, but—as a bartender—I feel there's no to limit one's creativity.

Bryan Kim

Bryan Kim

Bar: The Standard Highline

Been a bartender for: 4 years

Signature drink: Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: Unlimited club soda.

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Erika Ordonez

Erika Ordonez

Bar: The Happiest Hour

Been a bartender for: “Since I was born.”

Signature drink: Anything with Sherry

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being convivial for a living!

Aaron Polsky

Aaron Polsky

Bar: Greenwich Project

Been a bartender for: 9 years

Signature drink: Side by Side with Death

The best thing about being a bartender is: Just serving people the best drinks we possibly can and reaching them through that.

Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Bar: Little Branch

Been a bartender for: 6 years

Signature drink: McIntosh

The best thing about being a bartender is: It's pure Magick. Connecting with people. Helping them relax. Making something special for them.

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Adam Spetler

Adam Spetler

Bar: Morandi

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Maremmano

The best thing about being a bartender is: Sleeping in late.

Monica Toca

Monica Toca

Bar: Cielo

Been a bartender for: 18 years

Signature drink: Tequila, blood orange, dark cherries, jalapeño and bitters

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting people from all over the world, and getting to share NYC's hidden gems in food and shopping.

Shinya Yamao

Shinya Yamao

Bar: Piora

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Leaves Falling

The best thing about being a bartender is: Giving my customers a great time with my drinks, and seeing their smiles and happiness.

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Nelsy G
Nelsy G

I vote for Monica Powell-Toca, she is awesome Bartender, she has my vote, but it wont let me post my vote.