There are three new(ish) bars here in NYC that should be on your radar if they're not already. Need some plans tonight? Pick one and go grab a drink!
Dear Irving -- this gorgeously decorated spot is conveniently located right by Union Square and the drinks were created under the leadership of the lovely and talented Meaghan Dorman, who runs Raines Law Room. Unlike Raines, there is a proper bar in addition to more loungy and booth-type seating, and small bites in addition to a fantastic cocktail menu.
Nitecap -- this subterranean bar from the Death & Co team is run by Natasha David (also lovely and talented!). While you peruse the whimsical menu filled with creative cocktails, nibble on some irresistable baked artichoke dip. Nitecap was the perfect cozy spot to hide during a torrential downpour a few weeks back . . .
The NoMad Bar -- Leo Robitschek does it again with a killer cocktail program and Daniel Humm continues to blow my mind with his chicken pot pie (a pot pie version of what I call the "fucking chicken") and carrot tartare (neither of which should be missed, in my opinion). If you're lucky enough to go with a large group, get one of the enormous punches -- they're certainly stunning to look at, and knowing Leo, they're likely to be delicious, too. Leo also went above and beyond the call of duty while I was there and used a long-handled bar spoon to rescue my phone, which had fallen in a tiny crevasse between the wall and the banquette. I can't guarantee he'll provide the same service to you . . .