From Little Branch in the West Village to Raines Law Room in the Flatiron, there’s no shortage of hard-to-locate bars in New York. But perhaps one of the most divinely well-kept secrets is Angel’s Share in the East Village. For nearly two dozen years, this 1920s-style drink parlor has offered cocktail artistry in a dimly lit den that offers a special harmony hard to find in most overcrowded bars. Hidden behind an unmarked door inside Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho at 8 Stuyvesant Street, the bar puts a limit on its patrons — parties of more than four are banned, and seating is first come, first served — making it the perfect spot for a first date. Drink highlights include a collection of Japanese whiskeys, plus signature cocktails like Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (served in a snifter filled with cinnamon smoke). A magnificent mural of angels (and a devil baby) spans the wall behind the bar, while a seat by the window offers a stellar view of Stuyvesant Square.
8 Stuyvesant Street, Manhattan