New York City

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.


Death & Co., 433 E. 6th St. bet. First Ave. & Avenue A, 212-388-0882

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

When you see the storefront with boards covering the windows, look down and you’ll know you’re in the right place. Getting in can be a competitive sport. Give your phone number to the bouncer and he’ll text you when it’s time to enter. Suede banquettes, black granite tables, crystal chandeliers.

Ask for the, “Sierra Madre” – a delectable cocktail with coconut green tea infused mescal, pear brandy and vanilla syrup.

B-Flat, 277 Church St. nr. White St., 212-219-2940

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Go through the tall black door and down the stairs to this intimate subterranean spot, a la Tokyo’s secret bars. Underground and low-key. Romantic and chill, meet-up with the person you met on Tinder and try a, “Moment’s Notice”  – sake, peach liqueur and plum wine garnished w / yamamomo. Monday and Wednesday are jazz nights.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Dylan

    Definitely want to try some of these bars! What is the dress code for say, Little Branch?

  2. Hannah Meyers

    Bathtub gin is one of the greatest in NYC. Its my go-to place with my college buds. 😀

  3. What a great resource! I’m going to use this list the next 12 dates I go on LOL

    Instrata looks pretty cool. Their “Gramercy” location is more like Murray Hill though… Cool concept. More buildings should have concierges and other services like that.

  4. Will definitely check out these places when I’m in NYC. Who knows, I may even hop from one place to another, they are all gems! 🙂

  5. Francis Woods

    The Raines Law Room and Death & CO looks so cool! I’m going to get a drink (or three) at them this weekend. Please do more articles like this!!!

  6. Gabrielle Williams

    These look so hip! But am I too old to go? What’s the average age range at these places? What should I wear??

  7. Fantastic list! I love checking out spots like this — you always meet interesting people at them.

  8. I’ve been to a few of these places and they’re great. It’s always impressive when someone brings me to a truly hidden gem like some of these, rather than the typical spots (like Top of the Standard, although I love it there too…)

  9. Courtney Watson

    What a great list!! I’m going to save this and check these places out one-by-one.

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