Best New Bar - 2013
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
In a city saturated with cocktail lairs, the Dead Rabbit stands out, and not just because it draws inspiration from the 1890s, an era that preceded the speakeasies modern bar owners like to channel. Upstairs in the parlor of this bi-level space, you'll find a massive list of thoughtfully crafted drinks created by internationally acclaimed bartenders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. Pop into the pub downstairs for a pint or a simpler tipple, where you'll get Irish hospitality in humble, welcoming digs. Star power or no, this feels like a neighborhood joint—but it also transformed the area in the minds of many discriminating drinkers, giving the South Street Seaport a bona fide destination to lure in patrons who'd normally be staunchly opposed to setting foot on the blocks near Wall Street.