Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company

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Named after a character in Ulysses, the 100-seat space consists of two levels: a cozy first floor outfitted with a fireplace and brown banquettes, and a basement furnished with brass tin ceilings and dark wood tables. Locavores can sip regional wines and spirits, including cocktails like the Earl, which is made with New Amsterdam gin, Earl Grey tea, honey, lemon juice and fresh mint. To accompany the booze are Mediterranean-influenced plates like grilled zucchini with hazelnuts and Podda cheese; ravioli with burnt beets and sage butter; and roast beef with pickled cabbage.


Venue name: Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company
Address: 384 Third Ave
Cross street: between 27th and 28th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 5–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to 28th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Whitman & Bloom is a departure from the gimmicky, post-college frat bars & restaurants in the Murray Hill area. The cute, quaint decor is more reminiscent of the Gramercy Park area that's just south of where this restaurant is located. They have small and large plate options, perfect for anyone looking for a quite bite during happy hour (which lasts until 8pm) or a full sit-down meal. If it's nice out, see if they have outdoor seating on their back patio, which takes you to a rare, serene NYC. There are only 3-4 tables out there and the patio probably can't hold more than 10 guests total. 


A utility player if I've ever seen one. Whitman and Bloom is a quality spot for a multitude of situations.

First date: It's casual enough so that you won't appear too much like you're trying way too hard to impress her, but refined enough so that she doesn't think you're cheap and just want to get her drunk on Bud Light. Sit at the bar and order an app or two.

After work: Probably what I use it for most often (being that it's on my walk home). Perfect spot to meet a friend or two for drinks. Decent Happy Hour deals (better than what you'd find elsewhere in Gramercy at least), and a really solid selection of beers.

Dinner: It may have "Liquor Company" in the name, but the food here is not to be passed up. Pork belly sliders and poke tacos are probably my favorite, but the menu is simple enough that you're bound to find something to your liking. Unless you're on a cleanse, in which case you're screwed.