Best Bar for Bartenders - 2013
Amor y Amargo
This tiny East Village bar is an intimate shrine to the art of the cocktail with a special focus on bitters—Amor y Amargo, of course, means "love and bitters." Drink creations are attributed like works of art, masterpieces that are treated simply and without pretension. But even if you're not up on cocktail terminology, don't stay away from this charming den; the liquor nerds will teach you their ways. Order a "dealer's choice" and leave the rest to the experts, or give yourself an education in Chartreuse with a tasting flight of four generous pours. All the while, from your front-row seat at the eight-person counter, you'll watch the spectacular zesting and shaking, all labors of love.