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71 N. Moore St., nr. Greenwich St. (Tribeca)
New York, NY
(1) 212-226-2515 | smithandmills.com
HOURSSun.-Wed.: 11:00am-4:00pm, 5:30pm-2:00am; Thurs.-Sat.: 11:00am-4:00pm, 5:30pm-3:00am
PRICE (WINE AND SPIRITS (GLASS); BEER; STARTERS)USD 9-13; USD 6-10; USD 8-20
SIGNATURE DRINKDark and Stormy
BARYes - short wooden bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - lunch, dinner, and dessert
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYFranklin St. (1, 2)
This shoebox of a bar, from the creative minds behind Beatrice Inn and Employees Only, combines a chic, industrial-vintage aesthetic with surprisingly little pretentiousness to draw stylish types from the surrounding trendy Tribeca neighborhood. Attractive, retro touches (like utilitarian bar stools, weathered green booths, bare light bulbs, and staff clothed in factory uniforms) create a unique vibe, great for enjoying a vintage classic from the bar and a tasty bite or two.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Smart casual works well here; opt for a sleek, fitted top, knee-length skirt, fashionable pumps, and a choice clutch.
GO HERE WITH
A friend; significant other; a date; client or coworker
Well-off bunch of neighborhood sophisticates, couples, and first daters.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This place appeals to wine-and-diners at any time of day, be it to enjoy coffee and muesli first thing or a braised beef baguette paired with a Negroni after work. Its intimate quarters and moody, amber-lit (i.e. flattering) surrounds also make it a really fail-safe place to bring a date. (Bottles of wine are recommended if you’re seeking to impress, though keep in mind that some spill into three digits.)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The space is small and there’s very little standing room.
GOOD TO KNOW
This venue is unmarked, so keep an eye out for the bare light bulb and its address painted in red (the only two indicators of its entrance). Be sure not to miss the restroom built inside an ancient elevator car, complete with wrought-iron details and a manually emptying train car sink. Delivery and takeout are available.
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