Milk & Honey
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- 51%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (18)
- Milk & HoneyMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Oct 15, 2013
The original speakeasy style bar. You've gotta call ahead to get a table, there are rules of conduct posted behind the bar (gentlemen should ask the bartender's permission before approaching a lady, for instance) and the sidecars are the b-e-s-t. Lots of speakeasy style places have opened up since Milk and Honey started out in the early 2000s, but I'd say it's worth a visit.
- Milk & HoneyMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 14, 2013
You have to know someone to get a reservation here, have a membership, or just have the good fortune to find your way in. They change their phone number on the regular, so it's not listed anywhere.
The ultimate speakeasy, there is no way to spot this place except for a very subtle "M&H" decal on the door.
I happened to be in the neighborhood so I stopped in and was able to get a seat at the bar and chatted it up with the mixologist (Michael was his name, if I recall correctly). Telling him that my usual is an old fashioned, he happily concocted me a drink with rye, apple jack and orange bitters. It was the perfect drink on a cold night.
Drinks are a bit pricey at ~$15, and they're cash only, so be sure to make a stop at the ATM before coming here. Since you probably won't be able to get back in anytime soon, you'll want to have more than one drink.
- Milk & HoneyMar 29, 2013
M&H opened up a new spot in Flatiron and, as of a few nights ago, is currently accepting walk-ins. The atmosphere is quite similar to other speakeasies in which I've had the pleasure of drinking, but the decor was somewhat odd in places. Mostly empty walls and, suddenly, a random portrait resembling something from the 1900's. What?
As for drinks, I had the Tattletale - blended scotch with honey, bitters, and citrus. While it closely resembled a traditional Old Fashioned, it was still delicious. Your waiter or waitress is your menu, so your drink variety is strongly dependent on your ability to describe precisely what you want. It's a fun and unusual experience, but I'd honestly have preferred to sift through some drinks and choose my own.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience. If you're ever in Flatiron and looking for a chill, chique spot to have a cocktail, be on the lookout for M&H. There's no sign, but I'm sure you'll be able to find it.
- Milk & HoneyCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Mandatory to make reservations if you are not a M&H member (visit http://www.mlkhny.com/newyork/). It is one of my favorite speakeasies in NYC. There is no menu so tell them what you like and they will create a cocktail to blow your mind. I told them I wanted something "refreshing" so they surprised me with a "son of a bee sting", a rum-based ginger cocktail garnished with candied ginger. Unreal.
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- Milk & HoneyFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
The best kept secret in NYC for a while.. Unless you know someone who knows someone type of scenario...it will remain just that a well kept secret. Milk & Honey is quite worth the allure as it is locates in the Lower East Side, where one door meets another, and secretly and mysteriously you enter as by the end of the night question whether it ever existed in the first place.
- Milk & HoneyJul 04, 2012
An updated speakeasy, Milk and Honey is a unique experience that should not be missed. Call ahead for reservations, and be ready for rejection, as the whole place seats just fifteen. Once in, you will be blown away by their creative and flavorful drink combinations, including the house specialty sidecar.
- Milk & HoneyJul 04, 2012
Went here with a friend pre-Yelp when you had to do a bit more work to get the number for reservations. For first-time bar hopping in NYC, there's nothing cooler than heading down a dingy, deserted alley to be buzzed into a swanky speakeasy.
Not sure who bartends at this point, but this is the most craftsmanship I've seen poured into any single cocktail. The bartender was stoic and meticulous, sifting perfect mint leaves out from the so-so ones. It was also a nice touch when the server prescribed a cocktail based on our previous dinner and our mood. Good place to get the best version of a classic cocktail you love or find out about ones you've never heard of. I had something they called a Dark Salami with dark rum and ginger. It was a great follow-up to an Indian dinner.
Sidenote: After talking about their dedication to classics with the bartender for a while, it was funny to watch a young woman walk to the bar and ask for Jägerbombs. I don't think I've ever seen a bartender shake his head "no" that fast.
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