New York City Martini Crawl

In which we prowl the city sampling today's take on the most classic cocktail

For about $10 less, Employees Only (510 Hudson Street) makes an identically perfect specimen, although served in the presence of hipsters, not counts. Beefeater gets stirred with a generous amount of vermouth, and served in a large coupe glass with a centimeter's head room—making it possible to carry the drink across the room without slopping it all over, or being obliged to lower your head to the glass and slurp from the trough of alcohol before picking it up.

But for value and scenery, Jimmy's Corner (140 West 44th Street) prevails. At this worn-in Times Square joint, $6 buys you a martini that probably hasn't changed since the bar opened nearly 40 years ago. It's tiny by today's standards, and concocted with Fleischmann's, the first American-made gin, founded in 1870. Served nice and cold by the gruff lady bartender, it tastes like, well, gin. The bar's walls are jammed with black-and-white photos of boxers, and the long, narrow space is thronged with regulars. A handwritten sign on the wall politely suggests, "Let's not talk politics." Now that's civilized.

Gin + Times Square + boxers = Jimmy's Corner
Caleb Ferguson
Gin + Times Square + boxers = Jimmy's Corner

Location Info



56 Beaver
New York, NY 10004

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Financial District

Harry's Cafe & Steak

1 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: Financial District

Minetta Tavern

113 Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Greenwich Village

The Crosby Bar

79 Crosby St.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Soho

The St Regis New York

2 E. 55th St.
New York, NY 10022

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: East 50s

Jimmy's Corner

140 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: West 40s

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