PDT: Dial C For Cocktails

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The pitfalls of New York nightlife can spell doom for date night. With some planning, however, you can avoid squeezing through crowds of boisterous bar-goers and listening to noisy neighbors at the next table with an evening in a truly intimate lounge. Please Don’t Tell is a cocktail oasis for couples—if you can find it. To taste the delicious drinks and sink into the cozy leather booths of this charming speakeasy, you have to take a rather circuitous route. Your date won’t know what to think as you step into the East Village hot dog joint Crif Dogs, but make your way to the phone booth on your left and pick up the receiver. A host will confirm your reservation, and, as if by magic, the secret door to PDT will open. Inside, quiet conversations, cozy booths, and wood accents set the mood for romance, a vibe that’s maintained through a strictly-enforced set of rules: no phone calls, no yelling, and no interrupting other tables’ conversations. That’s the last thing you’d want to do anyway, since you’re here to focus on some new York’s best cocktails from a menu overseen by master mixologist Jim Meehan. He wrote the book on mixing drinks, so whether you order a southern favorite like a mint julep or a tiki classic like a fog cutter, you’ll know you’re getting the real deal. After a cocktail or two, you’ll probably get hungry. Fortunately, those Crif Dogs are available to you. Place your order and they’ll suddenly appear through a hole in the wall, just one more pleasant surprise from a bar with surprises to spare.

Please Don't Tell

113 St Marks Pl New York NY 10009

(212) 614-0386

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