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You’ll miss the entrance of this uptown lounge at least once, if not twice. Recheck the address all you want—this is the place. Inside a small leather-and-accessories shop with a pair of gold-leaf scissors emblazoned on the window, the shopkeeper-host leads you through velvet curtains and into a warm drinkery overseen by the Gilroy trio Steve Laycock, Josh Mazza and Francis Verrall, with former Dead Rabbit bar maven Pamela Wiznitzer behind the stick. With two bars turning out stellar cocktails and Ducks Eatery chef Will Horowitz whipping up food to match, this neighborhood haunt is a destination to look out for—literally.
ORDER THIS: Wiznitzer collaborated with cocktail historian David Wondrich on 50 of the drinks, but the frothy egg-white-topped Wiz Fizz ($13) is all her own, lacing root beer and cream with gin, sherry and herbaceous Cynar liqueur for a punched-up soda-fountain float. A lighter shakeup is the tequila-thyme Tabletop ($12), which gets zing from a Cajun-spiced pink-salt rim and some brightening bubbles via celery soda. The team also concocted a dessertworthy, cocoa-tinged cold-brew, Early Bird ($13), which blends oaky, vanilla-licked Remy Martin cognac with sweet cherry preserve.
GOOD FOR: A drinks-filled dinner date. Seating looks more dining room than cocktail lounge, with four-top leather booths along the walls and a long wooden table at the center, but Horowitz’s extensive food menu justifies it, offering raw-bar items, crispy griddle cakes still in their sizzling cast-iron pan and slathered in tangy farmer’s cheese ($7), and garlicky fried cauliflower with house-made sage pesto ($10). But it’s the tender, gamey mutton burger ($18), showered in pickled carrots, shaved fennel fronds and fried rosemary needles, that shows off Horowitz’s kitchen clout.
THE CLINCHER: In lieu of typical bottle service, Wiznitzer has gone elaborate, dreaming up brainy mixtures like hibiscus-lemon-grapefruit and Earl Grey–Cointreau bitters to pair with a series of 375ml bottles of booze, ranging from Beefeater gin ($59) and Piper-Heidsieck champagne ($59) to Glenfiddich ($99) and Appleton rum ($59), that serve between two and six people. The service, cutely named Tailor-made, feels highbrow without breaking the budget. Presented with a bowl of ice, glasses, stirrers and an array of garnishes, the feature allows you to take control and impress your company. Shake your drinks, short or tall, as lightly or vigorously as you like—at Seamstress, one size doesn’t need to fit all.
339 75th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $13. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5pm–2am; Fri, Sat 5pm–4am|
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