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Drinks maestro Sasha Petraske will bring artisanal cocktails to Murray Hill on May 22 with Middle Branch, a bi-level spin-off of Little Branch, run by vets of the original Lucinda Sterling and Benjamin Schwartz. You can post up at the stainless-steel bar on the ground level or opt for table service upstairs for signature tipples like the East Side (gin, lime, cucumber, mint), the Conversation (white rum, orange bitters, curaçao, dry vermouth) and the Sixth Street Swizzle (lime juice, rhum agricole, cane syrup, Angostura bitters), plus three craft beers on tap. The dimly lit space features gray wallpaper and red upholstered banquettes, plus French doors opening to the street and a terrace on the second level. 154 E 33rd St between Lexington and Third Aves (no phone)