Slip into this slinky, dim joint and experiment with their insanely delicious cocktails, many of which come with a handy Bodum straw-stirrer for effect. A Milk & Honey mantra is "you're responsible for your own guests"--and it's apparent: There are no skeevy dudes at the bar scamming on uninterested women or rowdy tables of revelers. It's all witty conversation and stylish standouts.
After a couple there, hit the scene at East Side Company Bar. Sometimes called "M&H Lite," East Side's drinks are cheaper and the vibe a little less selective, but the atmosphere's similar and it's a sophisticated spot to spend an evening.
DJ's spin house music and tables sport candles, making it a less intense version of the original. East Side Company Bar's on Essex Street, right near Grand.
· New York Speakeasies Map [Jaunted]
[Photo: MsAnthea "Anthéaïs"]