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The Summit Bar

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  • East Village
  1. Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
    Photograph: Lizz KuehlSummit Bar
  2. Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
    Photograph: Lizz KuehlSummit Bar
  3. Summit Bar (Photograph: Jolie Ruben)
    Photograph: Jolie RubenSummit Bar

Time Out says

Exclusivity pervades New York cocktail culture, with bars hidden behind faux phone booths and inside unmarked, darkened dens. But Alphabet City's understated Summit forgoes the pretense—no reservations or covert knocks required—without compromising its drink savvy. Barkeep Greg Seider has created a split-personality menu that appeals to traditionalists (old-fashioneds, whiskey sours), as well as adventurous imbibers. We can pass hours at the black-granite bar, slowly sipping Seider's quirky "alchemical" inventions like the Situation (given depth by Afghan-raisin--infused rye and caraway-flavored agave) or the whiskey-driven Gov’ner (yuzu, orange juice and cardamom-infused agave syrup).


133 Ave C
New York
Cross street:
between 8th and 9th Sts
Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Average drink: $11. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 5:30pm–2am; Fri–Sat 5:30pm–3am
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