An intimate space with touches of red is now serving nice cocktails on NYC’s lower-lower-east side. I visited with my friend Dave Phillips and we were treated to a couple of fab concoctions by the lovely Jane Elkins (who shared a recipe) and got to speak to some locals who have been drinking in the area for decades. They had some entertaining stories which made for a fun little escape on a Monday night.
In the space there’s a nice round red velvet banquette in the back to serve as a fun group rendezvous, plus a long narrow bar with some tables in front. Also available are bar snacks like smoked whitefish salad served with chips, chicken liver mousse on crostini, olives, nuts, and house-made popcorn. Happy Hour lasts until 8, the bar is open until 2.
The Dancer, 202 Clinton St (betw E Bway/Henry)