The meatpacking district doesn’t need any more bars, but Sons and Daughters definitely brings something special to the table with cocktails that pay tribute to the city that never sleeps. There’s Concrete Jungle (a mix of Kappa pisco, aperol, raspberry, grapefruit beer and salt), Highline Park Sour (Elijah Craig bourbon, Grand Marnier, sherry, ginger and lemon) and Chelsea Effect (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Campari, chipotle-cinnamon, pineapple and lime). From the kitchen, there are tasty small plates like pork skewers, black bass crudo, and artichoke toast. 85 10th Avenue
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With its hot pink colour palette and hot disco beats, NYC’s hippest have been flocking here since it opened earlier this year. Instagram-worthy photos aside, you’ll find a unique twist on South-East Asian dishes, and Asian-inspired cocktails, depending on what’s ingredients are in season. Purists, we’ll leave you to make your own judgment. 252 Broome Street
By day, it serves craft coffee, but after 4:30pm, this cosy space in the meatpacking district turns into a buzzy watering hole with coffee-infused cocktails like Mexican Jumping Bean (a concoction of Reposado tequila, Tiger Stripe ristretto shot, China China Amer and agave nectar) and Stay-At-Home Dad (it has Nola St. George coffee liqueur, Cointreau, green Chartreuse, and Laphroaig whisky). Opened in March this year by fourth-generation members of the Kobrick family, which has been roasting and selling coffee wholesale since 1920, this is the family’s first retail outlet. 24 Ninth Avenue (13th Street)
Brooklyn’s urban winery opened its first restaurant and wine bar in the gentrified neighbourhood of Crown Heights in June. Aside from its premium small batch wines, enjoy rounds of cocktails and what BKW calls “elegant American eats”, which include root beer-glazed pork ribs and pan-seared skate and hanger steak, in a rustic-themed space. 747 Franklin Avenue
Also in Brooklyn, Honey’s is dedicated to – you guessed it – honey. Sample a selection of meads, which is created when honey is fermented with water, including Memento Mori (drawn from dandelion flowers), and Jewels into Flowers (an apple mead from chrysanthemum and chamomile flowers. It may be an age-old alcoholic drink, but Honey’s industrial-style interior – concrete, steel and wood are key design features – helps to gives it a modern appeal. 93 Scott Avenue
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