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Anyone who’s peeked at our lists of the best bars in NYC knows that the boroughs are rife with excellent sipping spots. But one area in particular is undergoing a cocktail renaissance: Alphabet City—the blocks between Avenues A and C, from Houston Street to 14th Street—has sprouted a slew of intimate, low-key joints where East Village bartenders are slinging top-notch quaffs sans pretension. Sidle up to the bar and chat up the staff, or ensconce yourself in a quieter corner nook; either way, you’ll be sampling some of the city’s best cocktails.
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