Top choice cocktail bar in SoHo & Chinatown

It takes a little effort to track down this former opium-den-turned-apothecary bar on Doyers St. Inside, skilled barkeeps work like careful chemists, using local, seasonal produce from Greenmarkets to produce intense, flavorful 'prescriptions.' Their cocktail ingredient ratio is always on point, such as the pineapple-cilantro blend in the Sitting Buddha, one of the best drinks on the menu.

The menu is just as much fun as sipping the drinks, with names like 'Tainted Love', or concoctions like 'Pillow Talk,' 'Deal Closer' and (lol!) 'Dr Ruth' reside in the 'Aphrodisiacs' section. On Wednesdays there is a special Prohibition-based theme.