Tucked behind an unmarked door in an Astor Place Chinese restaurant is a rare find named Angel’s Share. A no frills speakeasy bar (you wont be walking through a corny phone booth here), service is snappy and the Asian themed mixology bar will blow your mind. While the food selection is small, it’s clean and well executed. You’d do well to head early and sit by the window for the best experience.
But the real stars are the drinks—don’t let the word “cocktail” throw you off. This isn’t a place for glorified long island ice teas; these are serious people, and the drinks aren’t kidding around either. Most of them are a mixture of multiple hard spirits and bitters. What Angel’s Share lacks in frills it makes up with a bit of a dramatic flair when it comes to drinks.
The “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” for instance, is brought out in a glass that’s actually been “smoked” with some spices. The taste of whiskey with smoky apple and cinnamon aromas mingle well in this standout concoction.
For a little less drama, get the Vieux Carre, which will make you feel like you’re on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Groups of no bigger than four are welcome here, so maybe bring a date, as the light music and it’s properly-lit bar (I’m looking at you, Death and Co.) makes for an awesome ambience. Pro tip: If you want to avoid waiting to get in, head down early on a weekday.