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Bars, Lounges East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Photograph: Roxana MarroquinPDT
Photograph: Roxana MarroquinPDT
Photograph: Roxana Marroquin
The Babaloo at PDT
Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

The entrance to this taxidermy-strewn saloon is hidden behind an old phone booth inside Crif Dogs. Pick up the receiver and a hostess opens the back wall of the booth. Inside, a team of barkeeps (led by industry icon Jim Meehan) offer thoughtful cocktail creations like the frothy Sixth Street, a complex, guava-spiked mix of house-made ginger beer, kafir-lime cordial and pungent curry powder. The staff is happy to talk you through any libation on the menu, or suggest one of the PDT-exclusive haute dogs brought in from next door. It’s that kind of dedication that makes getting in worth the effort.


Venue name: PDT
Address: 113 St. Marks Pl
New York
Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 6pm–2am; Fri, Sat 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average cocktail: $16
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4.6 / 5

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Sit outside Crif Dogs for a few minutes & get a good laugh watching folks try to figure out where this speak easy is. Bust out laughing when you walk inside & you see everyone is trying to find the way into the PDT. A phone booth off to the side looks like it's just let of the decor, but step inside & once the door is closed you'll be greeted by the host. Make sure you have a reservation as this place is small and always booked. Large leather quilted seats & taxidermy animals surround you. The music is nicely mixed & makes it comfortable to talk. It's easy to spend a few hours here taking in the sights & sounds PDT has to offer. Drinks are great and have a lot to offer. Hamburgers are amazing!!! Need to use the restroom??? Make sure to take your phone because you will definitely want to take pics in the all shattered mirror restroom. Happy instagraming.


After visiting several speakeasies within NYC, I would say this one is one of the more overrated ones. The reservation process is quite stressful since you're only allowed to call the restaurant 3pm the day of. Most of the seating inside is very cramped so hope that you're going in good company. The cocktails are delicious and well-balanced, I really recommend getting at least two to make your trip worthwhile. And if you're hungry, you can order the crif dogs in your seat although they have fancier iterations than what's available outside. I would only go back if a friend would make the reservation.

First off they way you have to enter this place makes it win hands down (via a phone booth from another shop) as well as it has a great selection of cocktails and a great atmosphere.

Honestly one of the more fun speakeasies to go to because of the phone booth entrance. Plus it's always nice to be able to get a Crif dog to soak up the delicious booze.

PDT is a bar that is hidden inside a hot dog restaurant. Its high-priced fancy cocktails are delicious. The service is great and are very knowledgeable of the cocktail menu and what people will like. I definitely recommend this place.

Went right as they opened on a winter Sunday night and put our name in. Grabbed beers at a nearby bar, only had to wait about 45 mins before we got the call that our table for three was ready. Entered through the phone booth (an always fun touch) into the tiny, dark speakeasy. Very cozy, laid back vibe. Had a tiki cocktail that was smooth and delicious. And of course ordered a few of the speciality hot dogs. The David Chang dog was solid but when we visited they had a special Mission Chinese dog with ma po tofu on it and it was so delicious, we ordered a second round. Was surprised how spacious the bathroom was compared to such a tiny space. Wouldn't want to try and go on weekend but lovely on a weeknight. 

I finally got into this little speakeasy one year for my birthday. You have to call day-of to make a reservation at 3pm sharp, and you may have to call 60 times before you get through (not an exaggeration). By then, only very early or very late slots will be open, but grab what you can. Go down the stairs to Crif Dogs and make a phone call in the phone booth. If you have a reservation, the doors open and you're invited to this tchotchke-filled room. Get ready to try drinks like the cereal milk cocktail, and order specialty hot dogs (often collabs with other chefs or restaurants) that aren't on the regular menu. It's a Manhattan treat.