I’m in the East Village with a couple of co-workers. Hectic day and we need a quiet place for some classic cocktails and maybe a couple of bites. Thoughts?
If you’re looking for quiet, you should go to the Library. Seriously. The Library at The Public hidden away in the mezzanine level of the Public Theater.
Although it certainly won’t be as quiet as a library, the dark wood and leather furnishings with smatterings of books all around almost compel one to speak in slightly hushed tones. Don’t worry though– nobody will get in trouble if your after work buddies get a little rowdy.
Finding the stairway that leads to the restaurant is a little bit tricky (one would think intentionally so) and will have you feeling like you’ve stumbled upon a secret gem. (And until the rest of the East Village catches wind of this place it will be.)
The concept is brought to us by the ever so talented Andrew Carmellini who has brought over Locanda Verde alum Michael Oliver to man the kitchen.
The cocktails that you’re looking for are provided by Tiffany Short and span the gamut from classic to curious and delicious. Try the ‘Strip T’ which is about as close as you can come to drinking a T-bone steak (beyond actually tossing one in a blender… and drinking it... which would be gross).
Certainly a great place for a quiet drink and maybe a louder meal should you and your friends decide to stick around.