Post Office

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Post Office
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Williamsburg’s barflies are no strangers to brown spirits, but at this whiskey saloon, there’s a rare reverence for straight sipping—no pickle juice or PBR chaser necessary. Owner Alla Lapushchik (a founder of Death & Company) focuses on small-batch whiskeys, matching the bar's flag-waving decor (eagle-emblazoned wallpaper, whiskey-decanter light fixtures) with bottles sourced exclusively from domestic distilleries. Lively menu annotations make it easy to navigate more than 70 bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the vanilla-tinged Noah’s Mill from Kentucky and the off-kilter Whipper Snapper, which get its chocolate-cherry tang from time spent in pinot noir barrels. Any of the pours can also be incorporated into straightforward whiskey cocktails (old-fashioned, Manhattans, smashes), and chef Sam Glinn matches the hooch with superlative bar snacks, such as a deeply flavorful chicken liver baguette with crispy bacon.


Venue name: Post Office
Address: 188 Havemeyer St
New York
Cross street: between South 3rd and 4th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: J, M to Marcy Ave
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, MC, V
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I love the Post Office! First of all, only American whiskeys. This removes my favorite smoky whiskies like Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbank, but it forces you to try new stuff. They have Widow Jane, right from Red Hook! And they have decent cocktails. The food menu holds attractive stuff like steak tartare and oysters, both of which were delicious. In the summertime, you can sit right in a huge, opened storefront window. In the wintertime, they have really deep comfy chairs to bury yourself in. A quieter bar that's great for catching up with a friend or for a date.